GENEVA, March 1 (NNN-APS) — Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra has reiterated Algeria’s commitment to the rule of the State and protection of human rights.

Addressing the high-level segment of the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council here Tuesday, he underlined the far-reaching reform process in Algeria undertaken since April 2011 at the initiative of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and which was crowned with the amendment of the Constitution.

The foreign minister added that this revision would “strengthen and consolidate the rule of the State, freedoms, participatory democracy, equal opportunities between men and women, the role of opposition, separation of powers and independence of the Judiciary”.

Lamamra said that Algeria’s forthcoming legislative elections, scheduled for May 4, are part of the reform process.

“The forthcoming legislative elections would be held, for the first time, under the supervision of the High Independent Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE), which was set up following the revision of the Constitution,” said Lamamra. “International observers are invited to deploy across the country.”

He re-affirmed Algeria’s support for the Palestinian people, whose inalienable national rights have been denied by the occupying forces. As regards the situation in Western Sahara, Lamamra said “the people of this territory, the last colony in Africa, continue to suffer from the occupation of their land and are not allowed to decide freely their future through a self-determination referendum”.

Lamamra stressed the responsibility of the UN in achieving the decolonization of this territory.

He also seized the opportunity to denounce Islamophobia, which is contrary to the spirit of co-existence and tolerance.

Source: Nam News Network

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