The right to freedom of religion in Algeria: the case of Habiba Konida
Motion for a resolution
| Doc. 11666
| 25 June 2008
- Mr James CLAPPISON,
United Kingdom ; Mr Ryszard BENDER,
Poland, EDG ; Ms Guðfinna S. BJARNADÓTTIR,
Iceland ; Lord Tim BOSWELL,
United Kingdom, EDG ; Mr Christopher CHOPE,
United Kingdom, EDG ; Mr Juris DOBELIS,
Latvia, EDG ; Mr Nigel EVANS,
United Kingdom ; Mr John GREENWAY,
United Kingdom ; Mr Mike HANCOCK,
United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Humfrey MALINS,
United Kingdom ; Mr Øyvind VAKSDAL,
Norway ; Mr Robert WALTER,
United Kingdom, EDG ; Mr David WILSHIRE,
United Kingdom, EDG ; Ms Karin S. WOLDSETH,
- Referred to the Political
Affairs Committee, for information: Reference No. 3477 (29th Sitting,
29 September 2008).
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only those who have signed it.
The Assembly refers to the arrest of Habiba Konida, a 37-year-old
Algerian lady, on 29 March 2008 when she was found to be in possession
of 10 copies of the Bible; the Assembly also refers to the fact
that unauthorised possession of religious books has recently been
made an offence in Algerian law.
The Assembly notes that Habiba Konida is being put on trial
in Algeria and faces a possible sentence of imprisonment as a result
of these circumstances.
The Assembly expresses deep concern about the case of Habiba
Konida and other cases in Algeria, which have manifestly infringed
the right to freedom of religion.
The Assembly believes that the situation regarding freedom
of religion and the case of Habiba Konida should be raised at the
Paris Summit for the Mediterranean on 13 July, which is being held
to promote the EU–Mediterranean partnership.