Djameleddine Fahassi update
In May 1995 Algerian journalist Djameleddine Fahassi was on his way to buy food for his family when he was arrested by men in plain clothes. He has not been seen since.
Three months after his dissappearance Djameleddine's wife Safia received an anonymous letter saying he was being held at a military prison in Algiers. In 1999, the family heard rumours that he was alive and in detention. Safia has obtained a missing person's report and a death certificate for her husband, entitling her to a monthly pension. But she has refused such a settlement until she is told the truth about what happened to Djameleddine.
An update from Hugh Sandeman, Amnesty UK's Algerian coordinator, dated July 2011 is attached below. A petition signed by local people was posted to the Algerian authorities in April 2012, this was the last action taken by the Southend group on this case file. We have been advised that Djameleddine Fahassi is almost certainly dead and note that the action is now closed.
Also attached is the latest update from the Amnesty UK Algerian coordinator, this is a summary of points made by Nassera Dutour, founder and spokesperson of the Association of Families of the Disappeared of Algeria (CFDA), in a discussion with Amnesty activists on 5th July 2012 following a demonstration outside the Algerian embassy to mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of Algeria, and the continuing refusal of the Algerian authorities to investigate enforced disappearances and to bring those responsible to justice.