Paris, 6 th October 2004.
Appeal for Support
to the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal
in its 32 nd session on
the Human Rights Violations in Algeria (1992-2004)
Paris, 5-8 November 2004
The Permanent People's Tribunal is an international opinion tribunal, independent from any State authority, which publicly and analytically examines cases regarding violations of human rights. The complaints are submitted by the victims (or groups or individuals representing them). The TPP was founded in June 1979 in Bologne by the Lelio Basso International Foundation for the Rights and Liberation of Peoples, created in 1976. This tribunal succeeded the Russel Tribunals I and II which had exposed the war crimes of the 1960's and 1970's committed in Vietnam, and was presided by Bertrand Russel, then Jean-Paul Sartre and Lelio Basso. Since its creation, the TPP has held 31 sessions.
The TPP was called upon by the Justice Commission for Algeria (Comité Justice pour l'Algérie) with support from several human rights NGO's (Algerian, French and international), to rule on the severe human rights violations perpetrated against the Algerian people by State security forces, their auxiliaries, as well as by armed forces and groups claiming to be fighting in the name of Islam. The appeal to the TPP is justified due the international community's failure with regard to the Algerian plight.
Despite the magnitude and the terrible nature of the war that has bloodied Algeria since 1992 - causing tens of thousands of victims, thousands of "disappeared," and hundreds of thousands of displaced persons - the international community has not been able to establish an international independent commission to investigate the issue of responsibility for these crimes, nor has it been able to obtain permission from the Algerian government to allow United Nations Special Rapporteurs against Torture and enforced or involuntary disappearances to work in Algeria.
At the time of the 50 th anniversary of the beginning of the war for the liberation of Algeria, the horror of the "second war of Algeria" must not be forgotten, overshadowed by the celebration of the first war - celebrations that are organized by the same people who, in Algeria and, to a certain extent in France, are responsible for the terror and misery of the Algerian people since 1992.
The goals of the session will be as follows:
- to determine where responsibility lies for the massive violations of human rights and rights of peoples, of which the Algerian population has been victim since 1992;
- that the TPP pronounce a sentence defining the serious and systematic human rights violations perpetrated by different State institutions (particularly the military authorities and security forces) as well as by armed Islamist groups;
- to formulate precise recommendations to be presented to the Algerian government and the international community concerning the Algerian situation.
The people and organizations who have signed below declare their support for this initiative.
For the Justice Commission for Algeria : Yahia Assam, Jean-Yves Barrère, Madjid Benchikh, Omar Benderra, Nasséra Dutour, Vincent Genestet, François Gèze, Ghazi Hidouci, Jeanne Kervyn, Salima Mellah.
With the support of :
- Algeria : Ligue algérienne de défense des droits de l'homme (LADDH), SOS Disparus.
- France : Action des chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture (ACAT), Association droits de l'homme pour tous (ADHT), Cedetim, Collectif des familles de disparu(e)s en Algérie, Ligue française des droits de l'homme, Survie.
- Germany : Pro Asyl.
- International NGO's : Algeria-Watch, Amnesty International, Comité international pour la paix, les droits de l'homme et la démocratie en Algérie (CIPA), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Human Rights Watch (HRW), World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), Reporters without Borders (RSF), Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (REMDH).
Signatures of support should be sent to (noting nationality and country of origin):
- by standard mail : Comité Justice pour l'Algérie, c/o Cedetim, 21 ter, rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris.
- by e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Support :
- checks made out to « CIPA », to be addressed to Comité Justice pour l'Algérie, c/o Cedetim, 21 ter, rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris.
Comité Justice pour l'Algérie, c/o Cedetim, 21 ter , rue Voltaire, 750011 Paris Website: www.algerie-tpp.org . E- mail Address: email@example.com