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Anouar Rahmani

Anouar Rahmani

HRD, Blogger

Anouar Rahmani is an Algerian human rights defender and independent writer who advocates through his writings for more individual freedoms, environmental rights, as well as the rights of minorities and the LGBT+ community in Algeria. He is also the first Algerian activist who has publicly called for same-sex marriage to be legally recognised in the country.


The lifting of Algeria’s 19-year state of emergency in early 2011 did not have a positive effect on the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs). Human rights defenders have continued to be subjected to harassment, threats, physical attacks, arbitrary detention and legal proceedings.

Peaceful protests have been forcibly dispersed and protesters and human rights defenders have been arrested and charged. An indefinite 2001 ban on protests continue to remain in force in the capital Algiers. A number of HRDs have been put on trial under Article 100 of the Penal Code, which punishes the incitement of unarmed gathering.