Algeria: Comprehensive reforms needed to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls

In this report, Amnesty International investigates sexual and gender-based violence in Algeria. Both the context and current statistics are presented as well the legal system and the judicial measures in place to combat this type of violence.

In 2014, the Algerian government published a decree to provide financial compensation for women victims of sexual violence by armed groups during the 1990s internal conflict that affected the entire country. Later that same year, a draft law was made that, if adopted, would make violence by a spouse, and sexual harassment in public spaces criminal offences.

Amnesty International remains critical of the Algerian government’s much delayed response to the issue of sexual and gender-based violence in Algeria and maintains concerns about the implementation and enactment of these laws in practice.

Published 2014-12-15