Amnesty Investigates Human Rights Abuses in Algeria
A delegation of the human rights group Amnesty International visited western Algeria Monday, a week into its first mission in the country since the group was expelled in 1996.
The four-member delegation, led by a Canadian, Roger Clark, met families of victims at the town of Relizane, 300 kilometres (180 miles) west of the capital Algiers.
They also met friends and relatives of people in the town allegedly arrested by government forces and not heard of since.
Relizane was the scene of a spate of civilian massacres, attributed to armed Islamic groups, in 1998.
Amnesty's delegation has also visited the town of Constantine, in the east, and met Algerian officials and the directors of Algeria's National Human Rights Observatory (ONDH).
Amnesty was thrown out of Algeria in May 1996 for denouncing severe human rights abuses committed during the civil war which has killed over 100,000 people since 1992-- ALGIERS (AFP)
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