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Algeria: Information on state protection available to female victims of domestic violence

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 June 1995
Citation / Document Symbol DZA20993.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Algeria: Information on state protection available to female victims of domestic violence, 1 June 1995, DZA20993.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac4a7c.html [accessed 1 August 2014]
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According to Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994 "women's rights advocates assert that spousal violence is common, although there are no reliable studies on the problem" (1995, 1053). The same source also states that "battered women may file criminal charges or sue for divorce, but women's rights advocates maintain that real actions are rare because the courts are generally lenient with abusive husbands" (ibid.). The DIRB is currently unable to corroborate this information. However, the attached article by Agence France Presse on the plight of women in Algeria might be useful. In this article, Agence France Presse states that

the struggle [the opposition by women to the 1984 family law] has been pretty much forgotten since 1990 as extremists began gaining ground. Increasingly, women's associations here are now focusing on a woman's survival rather than equal rights (8 Mar. 1994).

For general information on the status of women and on the effect of Islamic fundamentalism on women in Algeria, please refer to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994, Response to Information Request DZA20992.E of 16 June 1995 and the attached articles.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Agence France Presse (AFP). 8 March 1994. Hassan Zenati. "Algerian Women's Fight Focusses on Survival Rather Than Equal Rights." (NEXIS)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994. 1995. US Department of State. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.

Attachments

Agence France Presse (AFP). 8 March 1994. Hassan Zenati. "Algerian Women's Fight Focusses on Survival Rather Than Equal Rights." (NEXIS)

Women's Movements of the World: An International Directory and Reference Guide. 1988. Edited by Sally Shreir. London: Longman Group UK, pp. 2-3.

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