EVENT: Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in North Africa: Progress and Challenges in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Ahead of the 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which will examine the human rights situation in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, this event highlights the specific challenges faced by minorities and indigenous peoples in the three North African countries.

This online event will present key points from Minority Rights Group International’s submissions, produced with the support of local civil society organizations at the UPR, concerning minorities and indigenous peoples in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. What are the remaining gaps in legislation and policy to ensure the protection of the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples? What forms of repression do these groups still face and how to deal with it?

The event will bring forward the voices of community representatives from the countries concerned to discuss the challenges they face. By bringing together members of minority and indigenous communities, it will be an opportunity to discuss their views on how to ensure better protection of their rights before the UPR.

The event will be held online in French, with live interpretation available in English. A livestream will be available on YouTube.

Participants will include:

  • Amina Amhareshfounding member of the Amazigh community network AZUL and member of the International Land Coalition (ILC), Morocco
  • Lounes BelkacemExpert of the Working Group of the Commission on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Africa within the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the African Union, Algeria
  • Saadia Mosbahfounding member and president of the Mnemty association, Tunisia
  • mohamed ben moussaBaha’i Community Information Office Representative, Tunisia

The event will be moderated by Silvia Quattrini, North Africa Manager at Minority Rights Group International.

Time and date

Friday, October 14, 2022, 8 a.m. (New York) / 12 p.m. (London) / 1 p.m. (Geneva).


Please register here to attend.

Image: Amazigh women celebrate New Year 2970 in the village of Sahel, south of Tizi-Ouzou, east of Algiers, on January 12, 2020. Yennayer, the first month of the Berber year, is marked as a national holiday in Algeria for the third time. Credit: EPA-EFE/STRINGER.

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