Initiative Féministe Européenne pour une autre Europe

European Feminist Initiative for another Europe





We are outraged  by the murderous rage of the fundamentalist islamists  which once again was displayed  in the  « El Haicha » area in  Hassi-Messaoud, an oil-producing city in south Algeria.  We have not forgotten  the  tragic night  of july 13  2001 when  almost fifty women suffered an agony   in the same area . Indeed , that night, several hundreds of  individuals   made wild by the preaching of an  imam, armed with clubs, knifes and swords, charged  women workers  and their children.

How far will this wildness go  ? Almost ten years  after  the  2001 punitive raid, the horror  scenario is happening again !  Again the sword, the knife, the axe and the  stick against defenceless women. They are attacked ,  tortured, raped and murdered. For many weeks, terrorism is raging again  and women, ever  again women, are  the scapegoats  of attackers who try to impose their order to  society.

In spite of  the charges registered at the police station , the  police remains completely  passive.  The complaints  are closed with not sequence. No measure has been taken to put an end to this climate of violence. In this highly protected zone , does that mean that for the algerian authorities, the oil field security is more precious than human lives ?


Obviously, this dramatic  situation goes with  all the drifts  shockingly named  «rahma», «civil union », «national reconciliation » but which  actually in the name of «  national amnesty »   make  crime, rape, kidnapping seem ordinary or make them even legal, and threaten the future of Algeria  compromising  with political Islamism .


Those  systems have never insured the protection of victims against islamist terror .

They never did  justice to the  families of victims nor  to the victims themselves, and particularly the survivors of the  HASSI MESSAOUD slaughters. On the contrary  the victims must hide, hush , resign to flee , to keep  silence, even to go into  exile.

These tragic events , bring forth  once more, the necessity  to abrogate the family code  bringing women to a status of sub-citizens and  fostering in the minds a remote obscurantism.

The Algerian State failed its first mission which is to insure the security of its citizens of both genders

The European Feminist ’Initiative IFE-EFI stands by the side of algerian feminists to call all democratic forces to demonstrate their solidarity with the women of  Hassi-Messaoud and claim  :

·         The setting of  legal actions against all those who were recognised responsible of crimes against them,

·         The implementation of a judicial procedure to stop the impunity of  barbarian  and terrorist  acts.

La Coordination Européenne de l’IFE-EFI

15 avril 2010