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Algeria: a month (almost) like any other

Ramadan behind bars

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Muslim holy month is a time for contemplation, sharing, socialising and spirituality. Prison Insider asked several people to tell us what Ramadan is like in prison.
Rachid M. is a lawyer. In 1996, he was arrested, secretly detained and charged with incitement to terrorism. He spent a year in solitary confinement in El-Harrach, near Algiers, before being transferred to Tizi Ouzou. He was finally released in July 1999, a few days before the end of his sentence, thanks to a presidential pardon.

He told Prison Insider about the conditions in prison and what Ramadan is like behind bars.

There were lice and rats everywhere

The worst days were the celebration days

And today ?

Rachid M. was released in July 1999.
Read the second part of his account: following his release from prison, he set up a human rights association. He tells us about it.

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