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Algeria: Cabinet approves amnesty decree

On 27 February, Algeria’s cabinet approved a presidential decree implementing the “Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation” adopted in September 2005. The decree provides a blanket amnesty for crimes committed during the 1990’s conflict, including crimes under international law and grave human rights abuses. The practical effect of the decree will be to prevent victims of the conflict from seeking justice for crimes such as terrorist acts.

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