Algeria: Hassiba Boumerdesi and Amine Sidhoum: [Global letter-writing marathon 2006]
Hassiba Boumerdesi (f), who is married with three children, aged 15 to 25, and Amine Sidhoum (m) are both human rights lawyers. They currently face trumped-up charges which may lead to them being suspended from practising law and several years in jail. Amine Sidhoum also faces defamation charges. Amnesty International is concerned that the lawyers are being prosecuted for activities which they carried out legally and in the interest of assisting their clients.