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Algeria: Comprehensive reforms needed to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls

, Index number: MDE 28/010/2014

In February 2014 the Algerian authorities published a decree to provide financial compensation for women victims of sexual violence by armed groups during the 1990s internal conflict. In June, they introduced draft laws which, if adopted, would make violence by a spouse, and sexual harassment in public spaces criminal offences. The authorities must ensure that women and girls are fully protected against sexual and gender-based violence in law and in practice, and that they have adequate access to services such as legal aid, health services and psycho-social support.

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