Amnesty International Delegation Leaves Algeria ‘Disappointed’

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A delegation from the human rights group Amnesty International left Algeria on Sunday disappointed by its two-week visit, a spokesman said. 

Roger Clark, a Canadian leading the Amnesty delegation, said the group was disappointed it could not realize the goals it had set itself. 

Clark said he was saddened by the "absence of specific information on human rights abuses committed by the state and security services," and not being able to meet high-ranking Algerian officials and army officers. 

"The Algerian authorities aren't ready to meet us and answer our questions," he said, adding that it was important the state move beyond rhetoric on human rights issues. 

Algeria has since 1992 been wracked by conflict between the security forces and Muslim fundamentalists opposed to the secular state, who have frequently targeted civilians. 

More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed, according to official figures – ALGIERS (AFP) 

 

 

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