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Date modified: 5 June 2020

For decades, civil society organisations in Algeria have operated in a challenging environment due to legal and operational restrictions imposed by the authorities, which limited the development and operations of civil society.

In February 2019, the Hirak, an unprecedented popular protest movement calling for the overhauling of the political system brought a new dynamic and form to civic activism. This call has translated into the reclaiming of the public space by Algerian citizens – a tangible change in a country where freedom of assembly has been denied for many years. While initially, demonstrations were tolerated by the authorities, over time this has changed and they have turned to more repressive tactics, with many arbitrary arrests of political and civil activists, journalists and media activists as well as ordinary protestors


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