On 8 March 2015, human rights defender Ms Cherifa Kheddar was arrested and beaten by members of the police in Algiers while demonstrating in front of the Central Post Office on International Women's Day.
Cherifa Kheddar is the head of Djazairouna (Our Algeria) Association, an organisation that raises awareness of the impact of terrorism in Algeria and provides support to victims of terrorism, including in their attempts to seek compensation for human rights violations. In 1996, in the middle of Algeria’s civil war the human rights defender witnessed the torture and murder of her brother and sister. Cherifa Kheddar's husband was also killed during the war, and she narrowly escaped an attempt on her own life.
Cherifa Kheddar and three other members of Djazairouna Association were arrested for refusing to put away banners that they had displayed bearing the names of women killed by fundamentalist armed groups in Algeria in the 1990s, including the human rights defender's sister.