Image: Taghreed Jaber, PRI’s Regional Director in MENA, speaking at the conference.
Last week, PRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office and the National Council for Human Rights in Algeria organised a national conference, Security and Human Rights: the Algerian Reconciliation model.
Topics discussed at the conference included the Algerian experience in countering violent extremism, including the challenges facing law enforcement agencies and the role of religious leaders in strengthening national peace; the international standards of human rights governing the work of security forces; and constitutional and legislative amendments as a guarantee for human rights in Algeria.The event was attended by the Algerian Minister of the Interior Nour Al-Dean Badawi, the Head of the National Police, the British Ambassador to Algeria Andrew Noble, and several other ambassadors.
Outcomes of the conference included an agreement to support the adoption of modern approaches to security work based on human rights, and to provide support towards the National Council’s efforts in coordination and cooperation with official institutions, security institutions and civil society organisations in the fight against violent extremism.
PRI and the National Council for Human Rights will organise an international conference next year on security and human rights, in order to highlight the fight against violent extremism in Algeria.
Taghreed Jaber, PRI’s Regional Director in MENA, said that efforts to fight against violent extremism is one of the key focuses of the work the MENA office. PRI has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in Algeria since 2006, and with the National Council for Human Rights since 2009.
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