Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Violence against Algerian women is still a strong taboo

After returning from a 10-day fact-finding mission in Algeria, Yakin Ertürk, U.N. Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on violence against women, urged the international community to take serious measures to combat female-targeted violence in Algeria, U.N. News Service reported last week.

According to Ertürk, recent surveys indicate that discrimination and violence against women is still a major concern in Algeria, but victims are often afraid to speak out because of crippling social taboos.
There has been progress, as evidenced by the adoption of a national charter of peace and reconciliation in 2005, which denies amnesty to perpetrators of egregious crimes such as rape and collective massacre. However, Ertürk hopes to see further freedoms for feminists. She is also hopeful that Algerian civil society can raise the issue and she called upon the Algerian government to adopt international agreements and conventions that guarantee equal rights for women.
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