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Amnesty International calls for the release of human rights defender Abderrahmane Khelil and his friend Sid Ahmed Mourad. AI also wants an end to the intimidation of human rights activists in the country. The clampdown comes as human rights activists in Algeria investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest, detention and trials of dozens of people in the context of ongoing anti- government demonstrations in the lead-up to legislative elections on 30 May 2002.