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Constitutional revision marks “qualitative leap” in rights, freedoms

Published on : Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:49   Read : 363 time(s)
Constitutional revision marks “qualitative leap” in rights, freedoms

ALGIERS-The constitutional revision, which will be submitted to a popular referendum on 01 November 2020, marks a “qualitative leap” in human rights and makes the “new Algeria” slogan claimed by the popular movement (Hirak) “a constitutionalized reality,” affirmed Saturday Chairman of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Bouzid Lazhari.

"The constitutional revision, initiated by the President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, marks an significant qualitative leap in terms of rights and freedoms, making the slogan “New Algeria” claimed by the original people's Hirak (popular movement) a constitutionalized reality, especially as human rights receive special attention, starting with the preamble of the Constitution,” stressed Lazhari in an interview with APS.

The preamble includes "a new paragraph which provides for the commitment of Algeria to human rights as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights", in addition to "the commitment to peace, human rights and development", he continued.


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The preamble "sends a strong signal on the philosophy of power in Algeria which is based on the respect and promotion of human rights,” said the CNDH chairman.

The same speaker referred to “the enshrinement of a Title for human rights in the new Constitution" by increasing the number of article from 30 in the Constitution of 2016 to 39 (Art 34 to Art 73). In this Title, it is stated "new rights such as the right to life, to drinking water, the right of the citizen to file complaints with public authorities and administrations.”

Lazhari affirmed that the new Constitution had ensured "the strengthening" of other rights such as "freedom of movement outside the national territory, the freedom of the press, including the electronic press, the consolidation of the State's duty towards vulnerable categories, the adoption of the simple declaration instead of authorization to guarantee the right to peaceful demonstrations and the creation of associations.”

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Constitutional revision marks “qualitative leap” in rights, freedoms