Urgent action for ‘disappeared’ Algerians

Urgent action for ‘disappeared’ Algerians


Written by: IRR News Team

Amnesty International has issued an urgent appeal on behalf of two men who were deported from the UK in the last weeks of January and are currently being held without access to lawyers or their families.

The men, who had been labelled as ‘suspected terrorists’ by the UK government, were deported as ‘threats to national security’. One of the men, Reda Dendani, known only as ‘Q’ in the UK, arrived in Algeria on 20 January and was held by airport police. He was later released after a few hours’ questioning. However, on 24 January, he was arrested by the Département du renseignement et de la sécurité (DRS) and has ‘disappeared’. On the same day another man ‘K’, who was also deported from the UK, was arrested on arrival by the DRS. The two men are thought to have been taken to secret military locations where, it is feared by Amnesty International, they are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in the custody of the DRS. See the links below to see how you can help.

Related links

Amnesty Urgent Appeal

Amnesty Action for Individuals: Algeria: Two men at risk of torture following deportation from UK

Read IRR News Story: Read a letter from Reda Dendani: Fighting a ghost

Read IRR News Story: ‘Quick death is preferable to slow death’

Campaign Against Criminalising Communities

Amnesty International

[1] We're Here to Stay website A linked-site also exists in the UK at www.muslimsinengland.com. [2] The Freedom Party (PvV) has nine MPs in the Dutch parliament. It was formed in 2006 and exists solely to represent the interests of its maverick leader Geert Wilders who was once an MP for the VVD (free market Liberals) but left to form his own party. In the June 2009 European parliamentary elections, the PvV seized 15 per cent of the vote and four seats in the European parliament. Wilders is well known for his anti-immigration and Islamophobic views and for regularly denouncing Islam, which he describes as a totalitarian religion akin to fascism. He also wants the Qur'an, which he compares to Mein Kampf, banned and for an end to immigration from the Muslim world. [3] The poll was commissioned by the current affairs TV programme Netwerk in response to Wilders' European election success. 57 per cent of the 319 Dutch citizens of Turkish and Moroccan origin interviewed said they felt less welcome in the Netherlands; 51 per cent said they were judged more negatively since the rise of Wilders and four out of ten reported an increase in discrimination. In addition, research carried out by the Nicis-Institute based on 225 questionnaires, sent to Dutch citizens of Turkish, Moroccan and Surinamese origin living in Rotterdam, also indicated that young people of migrant origin did not feel welcome in the city. [4] The controversial video Fitna is a 17-minute internet film in which Wilders repeats his call for a ban on the 'criminal' Qur'an on the grounds that it encourages terrorism. It juxtaposes selected quotes from the Qur'an with media clips and newspaper reports which purportedly show or describe acts of violence and hatred by Muslims. Wilders has evaded prosecution in the Netherlands on charges of incitement to racial hatred on the grounds that while Fitna is offensive to Muslims, its critique was limited to Islam as a religion. In February 2009, Wilders, who was due to screen Fitna in the House of Lords at the invitation of Lord Pearson of the United Kingdom Independence Party, was denied entry to the UK.The Institute of Race Relations is currently conducting a two-year research project on 'Alternative Voices on Integration' funded by the Network of European Foundations (European Programme on Integration and Migration). Chandra Frank is a International Public Law student in Leiden and a volunteer on the IRR's European Race Audit.

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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