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Algeria: Fear and silence: a hidden human rights crisis

, Index number: MDE 28/011/1996

More than 50,000 people are reported to have been killed in Algeria in the past five years. If many were killed in armed confrontation between security forces and armed opposition groups, thousands of civilians were victims of both targeted and indiscriminate attacks. This report based on testimonies and information collected on a daily basis from a wide range of sources, describes the human rights situation in Algeria, including some of the aspects of the hidden reality. The organization condemns and opposes the killings of civilians and other abuses committed by armed opposition groups. However, no level of violence by these groups can ever justify extrajudicial executions, torture, "disappearances" and other grave violations which continue to be committed by the security forces.

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