Sellal participates in 26th Ordinary Summit of AU Heads of State, Government

February 1st, 2016

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APS : Sunday, 31 January 2016

ADDIS ABABA- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal participated Sunday in Addis Ababa in the 26th Ordinary Summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, devoted to the examination of several issues.
On the first day of this summit, devoted to human rights with a particular emphasis on women’s rights, Algeria presented a contribution in which he underlined the far-reaching institutional, political and socio-economic reforms, launched in 2011, and which will result in the forthcoming adoption of a new constitution.
According to the document, this revision which is “the result of an authentic willingness to further broaden the democratic opportunities and establish an efficient governance, is to be seen in the overall dynamic of far-reaching series of reforms launched by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria since 1999, leading to the implementation of the rule of law, strengthening of the participatory democracy while taking into consideration the plurality of the Algerian people’s components.”
In addition to the recall that any infringement or restriction on the citizens’ civil and political rights “can only occur on a reasoned decision of the judicial authority,” the draft revised Constitution raised to the rank of the constitutional provision the criminalization of torture, arbitrary arrests, possibility of appeal in criminal matters and the right to peaceful demonstrations, said the source.
It guarantees the right to freedom of worship, protection of personal data and legal assistance to the poor people.
Algeria’s “ceaseless” efforts aimed at promoting and protecting human rights “encouraged the establishment of appropriate conditions for a political, judicial, economic, social and cultural environment which grants the Algerian women a pre-eminent role in the social transformation plan,” said the source.