ALGIERS – Wednesday, 27 September 2023 (APS) – UN special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, welcomed, Tuesday in Algiers, the willingness of the authorities to further promote human rights, requesting international expertise for this purpose.

“As part of a visit to Algeria, at the invitation of the Algerian government, to assess the implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful association and assembly, I thank the Algerian authorities for this initiative, which shows their willingness to ask for international expertise to improve the situation of human rights,” Voule said at a news conference.

The UN rapporteur also commended “the Algerian government which has committed to invite other rapporteurs to Algeria for expertise.”

He said the move showed an “opening” for the construction of a new Algeria enshrining freedoms and human rights.

He stressed that he felt that the Algerian authorities were ready to listen to and appreciate his preliminary observations which, according to him, will allow him to draft a relevant final report in 2024.

Throughout that period, he added, “discussions will continue with the government on different points raised during his 10-day visit” to Algeria, when he met members of the government, heads of constitutional bodies and  representatives of civil society, among others.