Algeria's Missing

Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 14:00 - 20:00

Context:

 Algeria erupted into brutal civil conflict in 1992 after the army cancelled elections in order to prevent an increasingly popular Islamist political party from taking power. Islamist rebels immediately took up arms and began a guerilla war against the new military government. Initially limiting attack to army members, militant groups soon broadened their TARGETS to include any supporters of the government. In a decade f bloody civil war more than 150,000 people were killed and an additional 7200 went missing after being stopped or arrested by the army. Algerian families struggled to survive deprived of water, shelter, employment and hope.

Event:

Alternatives and Association des droits de la personne au Maghreb invited Nasséra Dutour to visit Canada in order to spread awareness of the thousands of missing Algerians and to gain support and attention from the international community. Nasséra Dutour was the president of the Collectif des familles de disparu(e)s en Algérie, devoted to the cause since the disappearance of her son in 1997.

In March of 2002 Dutour spoke first at a private conference to Canadian journalists, academics and related specialists. That evening a conference open to the public was held where she talked about the village massacres, mass disappearances and use of torture in Algeria since the outbreak of the civil war.

 

Allies:

Association des Étudiants(e)s de Laval Inscirti aux Études Supérieures; La Ligues des droits et libertés; l’Association des Étudiants et Étudiantes en Anthropologies – Université Laval; Droits et Démocratie; Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale; Centrale de l’enseignment du Québec; Amnistie Internationale – section canadienne francophone; ATTAC Québec; Groupe de recherché et d’initiative pour la libération de l’Afrique; Table de concentration des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes