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Algeria: Free Amazigh and Hirak activist in prison for exercising his freedom of opinion

Index Number: MDE 28/3317/2020

On 11 November, the court of Khenchela (eastern Algeria) is expected to hear activist Yacine Mebarki’s appeal, following his sentencing on 8 October to 10 years in prison and a heavy fine of 10 million dinars (about 77,611.55 USD) – the most severe sentence ever handed to an activist for his online speech. Algerian authorities should release Yacine Mebarki and drop unfounded charges related to his online publications and other charges that stem from the legitimate exercise of his freedom of speech and conscience.

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