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Algeria: Disappearance/ fear of refoulement

, N° d'index: MDE 28/024/1998

On 15 April 1998 Algerian security forces arrested Mohamed Naceur el-Hani, a Tunisian lawyer, at his home in Setif, Algeria. His arrest was carried out allegedly upon request by the Tunisian government. Amnesty International fears that he is at risk of arrest and torture if he is returned to Tunisia.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 28/24/98
UA 125/98 Disappearance/ Fear of refoulement 21 April 1998
ALGERIAMohamed Naceur el-Hani, lawyer, aged 29
On 15 April 1998 Algerian security forces arrested Mohamed Naceur el-Hani,
a Tunisian lawyer, at his home in Setif, Algeria. His arrest was carried out
allegedly upon request by the Tunisian government. Amnesty International fears
that he is at risk of arrest and torture if he is returned to Tunisia.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Mohamed Naceur el-Hani is a refugee under the protection of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Married and father of a two-year-old
boy, he was an active member of the Jeunesse Scolaire, a student union, in
Radès, Tunisia. He was expelled from Tunisian school in 1989 because of his
Jeunesse Scolaire activities. He finally was able to pursue law in Algeria,
where he qualified in 1997.
In October 1991, while on holiday in Tunis, he was arrested, tortured and held
in incommunicado detention for four months. In March 1992, he was sentenced
to a four-month jail sentence for belonging to an unauthorised association.
Mohamed Naceur el-Hani’s passport was seized by the Tunisian Consulate in
Algeria when he asked for it to be renewed in July 1996. On 20 November 1997
the Algerian authorities asked him to leave Algeria. He was recognised as a
refugee by the UNHCR.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send faxes/express/airmail letters in French,
Arabic, English or your own language:
-urging the Algerian government to carry out an investigation into the
“disappearance”of Mohamed Naceur el-Hani and that his family be informed of
his whereabouts and reasons for his detention;
-urging that he be immediately and unconditionally released;
-urging that he is not returned to Tunisia where he is at risk of arrest and
torture.
APPEALS TO:
Mohamed ADAMI
Ministre de la Justice
Ministère de la Justice
8 Place Bir Hakem
El-Biar, Alger
Algérie
Fax: +213 2 922 560
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre/Dear Minister
Mustafa BENMANSOUR
Ministre de l'Intérieur
Ministère de l'Intérieur
18 rue Docteur Saâdane
Alger
Algérie
Fax: +213 2 736 106
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre/Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
M. Kamel REZZAG-BARA
2
Président
Observatoire National des Droits de l’Homme (ONDH)
Palais du Peuple
1 Av. Franklin Roosevelt
Alger
Algérie
Fax.: +213 2 239 005 / 239 037
and to diplomatic representatives of Algeria accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 2 June 1998.

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