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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in Algeria.

Brief description of the situation

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by a reliable source and Antenna International, member organisation of OMCT SOS-Torture network, about the forced disappearance of Mr. Mohamed Ben Missoum, resident of El Oued and aged 30 years old, since 12 March 2008.

According to the information received, on 12 March 2008 around 7:00pm, Mr. Mohamed Ben Missoum went to a public telephone following a phone call he had received. As he did not come back, Mr. Mohamed Ben Missoum’s wife tried to call him on his portable but to no avail. On 15 May 2008, she reported his disappearance at the police station of Guemmar, where police officers reportedly responded not to detain Mr. Mohamed Ben Missoum. According to the same information, three of his friends were arrested in Oued R’hiou, wilaya de Relizane, a few days before his disappearance.

Documenting Disappearance: Algeria, state terrorism and the photographic image.

London Scool of Economics 15 May 2008

Autograph ABP in association with The Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics presented:

Documenting Disapperance

Taking as its starting point Omar D's book of photographs, Devoir de memoire/A Biography of Disappearance, Algeria 1992-, commissioned and edited by Autograph BHP, this event examines what happens when the apparatus of a state is turned on its own citizens. It asks how we can disseminate the truth about events that are officially denied or obfuscated by the legal system, how to lobby for the application of UN resolutions on forced disappearances and whether human rights organisations can overcome pot-colonial and economic interests. Can imagery be more potent than text in bringing human rights issues into public knowledge? can we talk of a politics of aesthetics in the context of subjects who have been stripped of their civil existence? How can the invisible be made visible?

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