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Algeria condemns in strongest terms the terrorist attack on Mali’s army in Mondoro (09.03.2022)

Algeria reiterates its call for an increased mobilization of Africa and the international community as a whole for a prompt and effective collective response.

ALGIERS, Algeria, March 9, 2022 – Algeria condemns, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack perpetrated on Friday 4 March 2022 in Mali on a camp of the Malian Armed Forces in Mondoro (center), leaving dozens of deaths and injuries among the soldiers.

Algeria extends, in these painful circumstances, its heartfelt condolences to the grief-stricken families and reiterates its full solidarity with the brotherly Malian government and people and its full support in their struggle against terrorism. Algeria is convinced that this neighboring country will be able to face, through the unity of its brave people, the huge challenges of this scourge.

These new bloody attacks and unjustifiable crimes require, once again, from us to combine efforts, at the regional and international levels, to eradicate this scourge which threatens security, stability and development of the countries of the Sahel-Sahara region and the African continent.

Algeria, which bows to the memory of the victims, reiterates its strong determination and unfailing commitment to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and expressions.

 

Algeria reiterates its call for an increased mobilization of Africa and the international community as a whole for a prompt and effective collective response so that the dignity and value of all human beings prevail.

Opinion: Can Algerian gas save Europe’s Energy needs?

As Europe are in the middle of war and reacting to the invasion of Ukraine. Which affects the energy markets and the trouble of importing gas from the Russian Federation. This is through the pipelines and other measures, which is not only the Nordstream II, which is put on hold. However, this has been through Gazprom and companies, which is similar selling the gas to European nations like Germany and Italy.

Therefore, the news of a possible significant import importunities from Algeria. That is coming from Sonatrach who could do their part and take market-shares from Russian counterparts. This is really a wise move from the Algeria company. This is a company owned by the Algerian government and has several of subsidiaries. So, this is a wise move of them. Not, only to be in direct market in Europe and ensure partners who needs their supply. While we know there is plans of a pipeline for gas from Nigeria all the way to Algeria. If that is built. There would be even more gas and possible energy to the European continent from Northern-and-Western Africa. Which could secure more direct domestic revenue in these nations.

Here is the newest information:

“Responding to a question on the redeployment of Sonatrach on the European gas market in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, Mr. Hakkar argued that the public oil group “has unused capacity on the Trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline (linking Algeria to Italy), which he believed could be used to increase supplies to the European market. Referring to geographical proximity, he stressed that Europe is the “natural market of choice” for Algerian energy products, specifying that Algeria contributes up to 11% of the continent’s total gas imports. “The European market is supplied via its network of pipelines which accumulates a shipping capacity of 42 billion Cm3 of natural gas and in liquefied form thanks to a production capacity of more than 50 million m3 of LNG and a fleet of 6 LNG carriers”, he detailed” (Hana Saada – ‘Gas: Sonatrach expresses readiness to support European partners in “difficult situations” 27.02.2022, DZBreaking.com).

If the Sonatrach is becoming a new ally and ensure the needs of energy in Europe. Surely, they will cause a serious blow to the addiction of Russian gas, which is a serious issue in the conflict in Ukraine. Central Europe has gotten used to the steady shipment of Russian gas. So, if the Algerian company and subsidiaries can deliver the same. It would be a serious challenge… while also securing the Sonatrach contracts and supplies, which will make the Algerian company more profitable.

What is also cool about this… is that a former French colony is coming to the aide of Europe and helping with it needs. Yes, it is profitable and entrepreneurial of Sonatrach. This is a good business move and hopefully they succeed. It will also make the Europeans less addicted to Russian gas, but have other channels for steady supply. The short proximity from Algeria to Italy and other European counties. Should also be important and be seen positive news for Europe.

For Russia on the other hand. One of their sources for exports and steady revenue could get partially hit by this. The Algerian company and Nation is clever here and we can only hope it pays-off. As this is a smart source for gas to the Central European nations. Peace.

Algerie: Collectif des Families de Disparus en Algerie (CFDA) – L’oppression en Algerie a l’endroit des defenseur.ses des droits de l’Homme et des militant.es du Hirak seme la terreur (22.02.2022)

Algeria: Authorities target political parties in their latest clampdown (09.02.2022)

The Algerian government claimed the three parties had breached the law by organizing “unauthorized gatherings”.

LONDON, United Kingdom, February 9, 2022 – In the past month alone, the Algerian authorities have suspended one political party and threatened two additional ones with a similar fate, Amnesty International said today. They have also sentenced one leader of a political party to two years in prison for expressing his opinions against repression in the country, bringing the total number of those currently detained as of 25 January for the exercise of their rights to peaceful protest and freedom of expression to at least 251.

The Algerian government claimed the three parties had breached the law by organizing “unauthorized gatherings” and holding their congresses later than expected.  All three parties are vocal critics of the government, have boycotted presidential, legislative and local elections and have played an active role in the Hirak, a mass protest movement calling for political change in the country since 2019.

“The Algerian authorities remain hellbent on maintaining power and are seeking to crush their opponents by trampling on their rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression. There is absolutely no justification for the prosecution of political activists and shuttering of opposition political parties,” said Amna Guellali, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Algeria must end its unrelenting crackdown on all forms of dissent. Both international human rights law and the Algerian constitution guarantee the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly for political parties. The authorities must immediately cease their attacks on Algerians’ fundamental freedoms.”

Suspension or threats to dissolve political parties

On 20 January 2022, Algeria’s State Council ordered the “temporary” suspension of the Socialist Workers’ Party (Parti Socialiste des Travailleurs), forcing it to cease all activities and close its premises. If it refuses to comply with the order, the Ministry of Interior can submit a request for dissolution to the State Council. The decision was based on Law No. 12-04 on Political Parties, which gives overbroad powers to the Ministry of Interior by allowing them to request that the state dissolves political parties that violate their legal obligations.

On the same day, the State Council dismissed another request from the Ministry of Interior to suspend the Union for Change and Progress (Union pour le Changement et le Progrès). The party is awaiting a judgment on the merits of the case.

In April 2021, the Ministry of Interior requested both parties to ensure that they followed Law No. 12-04 by asking them to hold their congresses. Both parties submitted the required documents and notified the ministry but received no response. Despite this, the authorities proceeded with the request for suspension.

On 6 January 2022, the Ministry of Interior sent a formal notice asking the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), a prominent Algerian opposition party, to conform with Law No. 12-04 on Political Parties. The ministry said a gathering held at the party’s headquarters on 24 December did not align with the party’s objectives and was not authorized by the authorities. The meeting explored the ongoing repression of political activism in Algeria.

International human rights law protects the right to freedom of association, which includes the right to form political parties. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those that are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety. Organizing meetings to discuss the political situation or to voice critical opinions should never lead to the suspension or dissolution of a political party.

Prosecuting leaders and members of political parties

On 9 January, a judge in the tribunal of Bab El Oued in Algiers sentenced Fethi Ghares, the leader of the Democratic and Social Movement (Mouvement démocratique et social), to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 Algerian dinars (1,420 dollars) for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Ghares was charged with “inciting an unarmed gathering”, “offending public bodies” and publishing information that “harm the national interest” after he criticized the authorities on social media and during a meeting in the party’s headquarters in June 2021. His wife, Messaouda Cheballah, told Amnesty International that the police searched their house and seized political documents, a computer and photos of detained Hirak protestors on 30 June, the day Ghares was arrested. He is now being held in El Harrach Prison in Algiers, where he is awaiting a date for his appeal trial.

Ghares is the second member of the MDS to be unlawfully detained simply for exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly.

On 14 May 2021, Ouahid Benhallah was arrested on his way to a Hirak protest. Two days later, he was sentenced to one year in prison on five penal code charges, including “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering the lives of others”. He was released three months later after the Appeal Court reduced his sentence to a fine of 60.000 Algerian dinars (427 dollars).

The Algerian authorities have prosecuted at least 60 members of the RCD, including former parliamentarians and locally elected representatives. Four remain in detention.

Background

Since the start of the Hirak, the authorities have arrested, prosecuted and detained hundreds of peaceful protesters and activists who expressed their views either online or offline.

On 13 October 2021, the authorities shut down a well-known civil society organization, the Youth Action Rally (Rassemblement Actions Jeunesse), on bogus accusations of carrying out activities that do not match its status.

Opinion: The Françafrique countries should question it’s need for France

The last two weeks or recent days the French President Emmanuel Macron have proven how the elites of Paris is disregarding the former colonies, if it is Mali or Algeria. I am sure behind closed doors and within trusted associates the words could be even striking. Because, these words has been said in public and with no proper excuse.

In that regard, when the Head of State of France is saying that. The previous colonies should question the need to be bound by mechanisms and by agreements tied to Paris. Since Paris clearly don’t respect you or honour you.

Françafrique consist of Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad (Tchad), Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Comoros, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo, and Tunisia. That is lot of counties and huge part of continent. The French are involved also in republics and nations, which they were the colonial power over. However, this here piece about them. Since they have still a significant place and plays a role for the power-balance in these countries.

About the “Colonies Francaises d’Afrique”:

The countries still bound by a monetary union and a common currency, which is Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, These are all part of West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). The second monetary union of the CFA Franc are based on these countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. These countries are a part of the Central African Economic and Monetary Union (CAEMC).

The French and some of their allies tried to relaunch it as “Eco” in 2019 and that has gone nowhere. That should say a lot. I doubt that is only happening, because of regime changes. Nevertheless, I don’t expect any serious movement on this matter anytime soon.

We know Benin said it wanted to leave CFA Franc … that hasn’t happened either. Paris and the elites there has a way of keeping everyone under their control.

What would be healthy would be for all heads of state and parliaments, ministries and such evaluate the relations, agreements and ties with it’s former colonial master. Since, as an independent nation it is nothing saying that you should be there forever or have to be mocked on a irregular basis by Heads of State of France. Neither, should the French has trade advantage or mineral extraction agreement, which other nations companies couldn’t have. That could possibly make it more profitable and earn more tax-dollars to the state reserves in any given republic.

It is time for all of them to consider this. Everyone has some sort of ties and this is why they are still indirectly having influence. That is why everytime something happens or in regards to French interests. Things gets tense and you never know when things will pop-off. This is why the Republic’s need to oversee and have a proper oversight of it. It is like this has have never been done.

All mechanism and statutory bodies, which is connected needs also to be looked into. This here will take time and needs to be inquires. There is a need to directly investigate and also see what sort of affects it has had over the years. If there is a beneficial relations or one-sided. Since, there might be some good parts, but a lot of it is a way of the French to never let go.

After everything Macron has done. The Francophone Africa needs to react and not accept this sort of acts. Right now he does this to Algeria and Mali. Who knows when the “wrong” head of state get elected somewhere and he will use his power to stifle them. Even if that was the will of the people and not the will of Paris. That is what is striking here and that is why these republic’s needs to see over everything. We know the French will feel insulted and infuriated. Since they are entitled to it all. However, this wasn’t their to begin with. This isn’t Marseilles or Bordeaux, but it’s Yaounde and Lome. Peace.

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