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Algeria: Spain forsakes international obligations in appaling refoulement of Algerian whistle-blower

Index Number: MDE 28/5409/2022

The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the deportation by Spain of Algerian activist Mohamed Benhalima on the evening of 24 March 2022, despite the risks of torture and serious human rights violations he faces in Algeria, and therefore in blatant violation of Spain’s international obligations on non-refoulement. The authorities had been made aware, through civil society and legal appeals, that Mr Benhalima faces a high risk of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial in Algeria, where such violations are increasingly common against prisoners of opinion and peaceful activists.

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