Algeria - government repression of the autonomous trade union movement

April 23, 2012
Liberté pour Abdelkader Kherba
Public Services International strongly denounces the violations of human and trade union rights in Algeria. PSI affiliate the Syndicat National Autonome des Personnels de l’Administration Publique (SNAPAP) has informed us of widespread police repression and restrictions on freedom of expression in the country. Trade unionists are harassed with threats and reprisals in response to their legitimate trade union activities.

Mr. Abdelkader Kherba, member of the national committee for the defence of unemployed workers and members of the LADDH (Algerian league for the defence of human rights), was arrested while he was taking part in a peaceful demonstration organised by the National Justice Federation, an affiliate of SNAPAP, in front of the Sidi Mohamed courthouse. Mr. Abdelkader Kherba will be accused of inciting a civil disturbance.

PSI has written a protest letter to the Algerian President Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, urging him to order the immediate release of  Mr. Abdelkader Kherba.

PSI has also demanded and immediate stop to the repression of the members of the National Justice Federation who are simply exercising their legal right to demonstration in support of their claims.

PSI condemns the repressive measures taken by the Algerian authorities towards the autonomous trade union movement, which have unforunately become commonplace. PSI calls upon the Algerian government to take all necessary measures to ensure the respect of fundamental labour rights, including trade union rights and civil liberties.

Please find attached the protest letter that PSI sent to the Algerian president, as well as some background documents explaining the situation in Algeria.