Refugees have prominent place in Algeria

APS - 15 October 2021

SETIF- Chairman of the National Human Rights Council (CNHD) Bouzid Lazhari affirmed Thursday, in Setif, that the refugees have a prominent place in Algeria which is providing the necessary conditions to protect their rights.

Speaking on the occasion of the 5th Programme "Erasmus Plus" on the capacities of integrating refugees in the sector of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lazhari said that "they have a prominent place in our country, especially as the Algerian people have suffered so much from this phenomenon during the glorious liberation war."

In this regard, he underlined Algeria's adherence, in 1963, to the convention of 1951 on the status of refugees, then its appended protocol of 1967, before signing the OAU Convention governing the specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa.

He added that CNDH has followed the same direction in the protection and promotion of the refugees' rights, by presenting recommendations to the government and Parliament on what could be done in this regard, affirming that the body he chairs has called on the competent authorities to draft a special law to protect this category.

In this respect, Lazhari said that CNDH protects this category as part of the law, adding that Algeria has taken in 40,000 Syrian refugees and provided them with services in all fields, as well as Sahrawi refugees.