Persecution of the Believers in Algeria

The congregation of believers in Algeria falsely accused and arrested by the Algerian government.

In an egregious violation of human rights, on the 6th of June, the Algerian government unjustly arrested 3 of the believers in the Ahmadi of Peace and Light. Their crime is simply having faith in this Call, a faith that promotes the spreading of peace and light and humanity across the globe.

This is a travesty of human rights. What is the crime of these believers in the Call? They have no crime that justifies being arrested or oppressed in this way at all. The only reason for their extraction from their families and loved ones, and treated inhumanely, is the fact that they have faith in this religion.

Persecution of the Algerian Believers is a crime against humanity

The believers in the Call of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (From Him is Peace) were arrested, despite being innocent.

During the interrogations, members of the community were told that because of their beliefs they are considered to be non-believers and apostates in Islam and hence all civil rights are dropped from them such as the right to employment, education, housing…etc

All this is because of their religious beliefs. The Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light is an officially recognised religion with thousands of followers worldwide and a 501c3 nonprofit religious organisation officially registered in the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

This is a human rights violation and against the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 18 which states that: 

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Not only do these unjust arrests violate the UN declaration, which Algeria claims to uphold, but they also defy Algerian law.

Article 51 of the Algerian Constitution states: 

“Freedom of conscience and freedom of opinion shall be inviolable.

Freedom of worship shall be guaranteed and exercised without discrimination in compliance with the law.”

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Some of the oppression faced by the believers in Algeria by the Algerian government:

  • The military invaded their house and confiscated their passports, their birth certificates and documents, their phones and all their computers. Their phones were never returned to them.
  • The believers in Algeria formed a peaceful congregation of 30 members living in the city of Béjaïa. Among them 7 children under the age of 12 and an old woman over the age of 60. All of them were taken to the police station and held there for hours. This includes underage children and the lady over 60.
  • They were questioned and interrogated repeatedly on their beliefs. 
  • The women were humiliated and made fun of for not wearing a headscarf. All of them were treated like criminals when they had done nothing wrong.

  • A military vehicle was parked in front of their home at all times.

  • They called all 30 of the believers to the court of Béjaïa, and held them there for 12 hours, then sentenced them for up to 3 years for “mocking religion” and “apostatizing from Islam”, both of which are not only not crimes but are merely baseless accusations.
  •  3 of them were arrested on the spot. They shaved the heads and beards of the believing men and put them in prison.
  • The rest of the believers were placed under house arrest. 

Below are some photographs of the peaceful believers in Algeria and their community:

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