Algerian authorities on Thursday condemned the European Parliament’s resolution that criticizes the human rights violations in the country, reported Xinhuanet. Algeria has been witnessing protests since February this year forcing former President Bouteflika to resign on April 2.
The European Parliament approved a resolution on Thursday to express deep concern over the human rights breaches and the lack of freedom in Algeria. The resolution has urged the Algerian government to find a solution to the current political crisis based on a peaceful and open political path. It also called for the immediate and unconditional release of all those charged for exercising their right to freedom of expression,
In a statement, the Algerian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the resolution, saying that it will not tolerate the European Parliament’s interference in the domestic affairs of Algeria.
“The European members of parliament have shown disregard to Algerian laws,” the ministry said warning that the North African nation is likely to “review its relations with all EU institutions.”
Algeria’s National People’s Assembly said the resolution comes at a time when Algerians are heading to the polls to choose a new president following peaceful movement.
The assembly said the resolution also “comes after the completion of the legal tools and organizational structures that guarantee the freedom, transparency, and integrity of the electoral process in a democratic path that reflects the magnitude of change that Algeria is experiencing.”
It deplored the European Parliament’s position and considered it interference in the internal affairs of the country and a provocation to the Algerian people.
Salah Goudjil, the speaker of Council of the Nation, said in a statement that the council rejects foreign agendas imposed on Algeria and hope that the Algerian people will give a lesson to the world by participating in the presidential elections of Dec. 12 in huge number.