Algeria's commission on "disappearances" needs greater investigative powers and a broader mandate if it is to be credible and effective, Human Rights Watch says in a new report. The 32-page report, "Truth and Justice on Hold: The New State Commission on 'Disappearances,'" examines the "disappearances" commission announced in September by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. After years of stonewalling on the issue, the Algerian government established the commission to clarify the fate of the more more

The Algerian government has set up a commission to revise the north African country's family code to improve women's rights, an official said on Monday. Under the current code, based mainly on Islam's strict Sharia law and adopted in 1984, women must submit to male protection throughout their lives.

Farid Alilat, managing editor of the daily "Liberté", was arrested on October 7 at his newspaper's offices and brought before an Algiers court, where he was questioned for five hours about a column entitled "La fessée" ("The Spanking").The column, published on 21 August, was written by Hakim Laâlam of the daily "Le Soir d'Algérie", which was suspended at the time for having failed to pay its debts to the state printers. "Liberté" published the column as a gesture of solidarity.

In late April 2001, lethal provocations by elements of Algeria’s National Gendarmerie triggered protracted and deadly rioting in Kabylia. That the unrest from Kabylia’s Black Spring continues to this day reflects the political system’s nation-wide failure to adopt reforms that address its deficit of democratic representation, says the International Crisis Group. Neither the regime, nor the Kabyle political parties nor the so-called “Coordinations” that lead the protest movement in the more

"Despite Algeria's troubled political situation, it is potentially a big connectivity market. Recently it has begun to open itself up to competition and although progress is slow, significant steps forward have been made."