Prime Minister Ayman Ben Abdel Rahman, in the capital, on Tuesday, supervised the opening of the 71st ordinary session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
I am pleased to attend with you today the ceremonial session to open the seventy-first (71) ordinary session of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which our country embraces with all welcome and pride.
I ask you to allow me, first of all, to welcome His Excellency Imani Daoud Abboud, President of the Court, the judges of the Court and all its staff, including executives and employees, and to convey to you the greetings of Mr. President of the Republic and his wishes to all of you for a pleasant stay in your country, Algeria.
Algeria is very keen to defend the issues and interests of this continent
This session will be held in light of the atmosphere of commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the outbreak of the blessed liberation revolution, the Al-Fateh Revolution of November 1954, which came as the culmination of a long path of resistance led by our people against colonialism, in defense of their usurped rights and human values. This revolution was and still is the source An inspiration for nations that yearn to be freed from the yoke of colonialism, and a reference in defending human and peoples’ rights.
Our country’s embrace of this important African event in the field of human rights, which received the blessing of the President of the Republic, reflects in fact the importance that our country attaches to human rights and the work to protect and promote them, as well as the special interest in the African dimension. Algeria, in its pioneering role in Africa, is very keen to Defending the issues and interests of this continent, establishing the principles of peaceful coexistence and defending the rights of peoples, foremost of which is the right to self-determination, which are rights that history commemorates the long and distinguished path of your esteemed body in defending them by championing just causes on the African continent. History will also remember its judicial boldness and its humanitarian touch. In this area, especially in light of the failure of other platforms.
Algeria affirms the right of the Palestinian people to exercise their basic rights in full and without compromise
There is no clearer evidence of this than the painful, unprecedented events that the world is witnessing today, and the blatant violations of human rights in the land of Palestine, of all human rights and all international conventions and resolutions, with the application of double standards that are completely incompatible with human values and principles that all of humanity shares and are enshrined in international and regional conventions. Human rights, for all human beings, without exception or any form of discrimination.
Algeria, while following the dangerous and sad developments in occupied Palestine, affirms from this platform the right of the Palestinian people to exercise their basic rights in full and without compromise, especially the right to life, health, and to live in security and peace, and the right of the children of Palestine to live and enjoy their childhood in accordance with what is stipulated It has international conventions and treaties.
The Algerian experience in the field of promoting and protecting human rights is one of the pioneering experiences at the regional level
The Algerian experience in the field of promoting and protecting human rights is considered one of the pioneering experiences at the regional and international levels. This experience has been strengthened through the important reforms enshrined in the Constitution of November 2020 and embodied through a package of legislative texts and new institutional mechanisms that have been developed, which It has strengthened the conformity of our national system with international and regional human rights conventions, most of which our country was one of the first countries to join, as well as with the best practices in force in this field.
The constitutional amendment of 2020 gave a new impetus
The constitutional amendment of November 2020 gave a new and strong impetus to our country’s efforts in the field of consolidating basic individual and collective rights and public freedoms, enhancing the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, supporting supervisory authorities, enhancing freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly and demonstration, and the formation of associations. It also enhanced equality. between men and women before the law and ensured the protection of women from all forms of violence, and stressed the rights of children and the right to education and ensuring its free access.
All of these reforms have been translated through the issuance of a package of legislative and regulatory texts, including but not limited to the new organic media law, which enshrines the right to the media and freedom of the press and sets the conditions for practicing this noble profession and the legal guarantees resulting from it, as well as a law related to the exercise of the right. Trade union law, as well as other texts being finalized, including the organic law relating to associations and the law relating to freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstration.
As for the aspect related to institutional mechanisms, the Constitution allocated a fundamental position to the National Council for Human Rights. It also established the establishment of the Constitutional Court, granting it broad powers, especially in the field of protecting constitutional rights and freedoms, by expanding the field of practice of the mechanism for challenging the unconstitutionality of laws or regulations. It also devoted Establishing a constitutional body exclusively concerned with supervising elections, which is the Independent National Elections Authority, as well as establishing the Supreme Authority for Transparency, Preventing and Combating Corruption.
In addition, the constitutional amendment devoted special attention to civil society and youth, as it devoted for the first time the establishment of two constitutional bodies for this purpose, namely the Supreme Council for Youth and the National Observatory for Civil Society, in addition to other bodies concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights, which are enshrined by law, of which I mention the body. The National Authority for the Protection and Promotion of Childhood and the National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data.
In addition to this national effort, Algeria is strongly present in international and regional forums, informing, consulting and cooperating, adopting the approved charters and adhering to them within its internal laws.
It also sought to follow a human rights-based approach with regard to economic, social and cultural rights, in light of the United Nations Program of Action established until the year 2030 on achieving the sustainable development goals.
All of this is in addition to our country’s firm commitment to achieving peace and security in its surroundings and at the regional and international levels, by following an approach based on non-interference in the internal affairs of countries, promoting the peaceful settlement of crises and conflicts, adopting the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the African Union, spreading the culture of peace and solidarity, and promoting the values of peace and reconciliation, which are Positions whose wisdom is proven by history and whose wisdom is proven every time by experience.
Algeria believes in multilateral action and supports cooperation with relevant organizations and mechanisms
Our country’s endeavor to defend these values through various continental and international platforms was culminated in the appreciation of the international community, and was translated into the election of Algeria as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for a period of two years and its re-election to a new term in the Human Rights Council for the period 2023-2025, as well as the renewal of its membership in the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. For the period 2024-2030.
Algeria believes in multilateral action and supports cooperation with organizations and mechanisms related to human rights, which is reflected in its endeavor to fulfill its obligations in this field, by ensuring the submission of periodic reports before various international and regional human rights mechanisms, as well as close cooperation with these various contractual and non-contractual mechanisms. In this context, last September it received the Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and association, and it is expected to receive the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders.
There is no doubt that our country’s embrace of this African event, which will last until December 4, is also evidence of this interest and this firm commitment of our country to promoting human rights and contributing to their protection.
In conclusion, I reiterate my welcome to the guests of Algeria, wishing complete success for the work of the court session, as well as for the activities of the Continental Dialogue Forum that will include it, and that all of this will add a new building block to the promotion and protection of human rights.
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