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Mustapha Labsi at Risk of Torture

World  (tags: human rights abuse )

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On April 19 2010, Slovakia deported an Algerian asylum seeker, Mustapha Labsi to Algeria, where he is at risk of torture and ill treatment. Labsi is at increased risk since he was given a life sentence in absentia in Algeria. There are grave concerns for

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 1:34 pm
i googled him. he got himself into this mess. if he would have stayed in france after his release, none of this would have happened. and he counts among his friends way too many al-qaeda members for it to be a coincidence.

. (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:28 pm
noted thank you

Cheree M (46)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 1:31 am
Hmmm, Noted. Will send email letters after I do some more research. Interesting Article. TY for sharing.

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 1:43 am
No matter what - if you are a torturer - you are not better that a vile criminal. A person with integrity will even treat a prostitute with respect and ignore her gestures and turn his back and walk away. Torturing people increase hate amongst nations. And we are pleading for world peace?

Jelica R (144)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 2:54 am
Right said, Julie. Besides, several international conventions, which Slovakia signed, explicitly prevent extradition if there's any reasonable suspicion that a deported person may be tortured or cruelly and degradingly treated

[“No Contracting State shall expel or return ("refouler") a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion”
(1951 Refugee Convention )

The UN Convention against torture also states :-
“No State Party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture”
(Article 3, UN Committee against torture)

“No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
(Article 3, European Convention on Human Rights)]

I've sent letters asking for JUST treatment and FAIR trial of Mr. Labsi. Terrorist or not, he deserve this!

Couple of months ago, I've signed a petition for Mustapha Labsi; sorry, I do not remember who was sponsor.

Ambrose, was your account at care2 hacked? Lately, your comments are oddish.

Terry B (649)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 4:23 am
Aw, gee, you don't think that a nice Mohammedan country like Morocco or Algeria would torture people?

I agree with Ambrose once again and have no time to worry about a convicted terrorist, there are lots more important creatures to save, from whales to rare insects.

Vivien Green (153)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 11:06 am
noted thank you

Eleanor B (909)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 3:06 pm
Mustapha was not convicted of terrorism anywhere. He spent five years in the horrific prison of Belmarsh in the UK without charge or trial. He had come as an asylum seeker but Algerian Muslims have no chance here. Sent to France where he was not convicted of any terrorist offence. Fraud is what they said - eh? Find an excuse. France and Algeria have been in cahoots for a long, long time. Upon his release he was told to leave France - he had no choice. He was then in Austria where I hoped he would have been treated humanely, but no. Sent to Slovakia where he was interned. He escaped, went back to Austria and then was returned to Slovakia. The Slovakians have ignored the findings of the European Court of Human Rights. They should be put out of the EU. If you don't abide by the rules, you have no right to remain. Mustapha is now in a prison cell in Algeria - and no one knows where he is. He is probably being tortured right now. It's more than probable. The nonsense about him knowing Al-Quaeda people is just that - nonsense. When I read the first post and was astonished at the ridiculous notion I phoned another friend who knows him well too and loves him too and she just laughed. Told me to ignore it which I did till now. This is a lovely, gentle, kind human being whose letters I treasure. A terrorist he is not and never has been. Men and women can be labelled - Mustapha has been. By the Algerians. Others who left Algeria have been labelled too. They left Algeria for a good reason. Go read the history of Algeria of the last twenty years - it makes horrifying reading. This lovely young man has been batted about from pillar to post all over Europe. He has lost his family. He has lost his lovely child on whom he dotes as others dote upon their children. As someone who knows him well, I am heartbroken. There was never a shred of bitterness in him despite all. And no matter what anyone can read on google - he is no terrorist - believe me - just as other asylum seekers from Algeria have been labelled, so has he been. If anyone can sleep at night thinking of this lovely young man being tortured, well may hell mend them because nothing else will. This is a young man who despite his horrific treatment, kept his own humanity. Criticised no one. He merely hoped for some justice one day. He hoped for the day he could be re-united with his wife and child. No chance in Europe. Innocent until proven guilty? Mustapha has never been charged with terrorist offences because he was not involved in any. I won't be responding to any more comments because I quite simply am heartbroken for a friend. A lovely moment which I will always treasure was when he phoned me after years of correspondence and he was astonished that I was a woman - for some reason he had thought I was a man. What a laugh we had. What a lovely, uncomplicated person he is. A pawn in the politics of Algeria and Europe. Shame on everyone who has been involved in his suffering. And shame on anyone who can condone his disappearance and torture. There is no country that could not become like Algeria. Think of people you love being disappeared and tortured. Think of Mustapha's mother who now does not know where he is. Imagine your son being tortured. And then make your glib, know-all statements.

Eleanor B (909)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 3:08 pm
To my lovely friends who know and trust me and to those who harbour no vile feelings against Mustapha, I thank you for caring about him. You will always be in my heart. You give me hope in this awful world.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 5:22 pm
chill out eleanor. you have a soft and beautiful heart. and it is much too precious to be putting it in the hands of a guy with more al-qaeda connections than At&T has phone connections. this guy is mid-level or higher in al-qaeda.

Brigitte T (69)
Friday April 30, 2010, 1:44 am
Wish I could send you more that one green star, Eleanor! You too give me hope in this awful world.


As for the others who can't understand what you are saying, let's hope they will never find themselves accused of terrorism, fraud, (whatever), and unable to prove their innocence.

Elaine R (130)
Friday April 30, 2010, 11:35 pm
I am with Ambrose Merly on this one.

Agnes H (144)
Wednesday May 19, 2010, 3:43 am
Eleanor, I can't get the story up but I believe you and it was my suggestion you'd do it this way, now I'm sorry I even did. People don't know what they are saying or only want to say what they want to believe. I'm sorry for your friend and I wish there was another way I could help out. I'm with Brigitte on this one. If I could send you more than one star you'd have them believe me, and I'm sorry I opened you up to these cruel suggestions of most of the people. What do they know about who's in Al- Quada? They don't know anything, and I'm at your side all the way!

Eleanor B (909)
Thursday May 20, 2010, 3:46 pm
Agnes, please don't worry. I have always fought for Mustapha. He is a dear person who has been maltreated in several countries. He has nothing to do with Al-Quaeda. What had Al-Quaeda to do with Algeria? Absolutely nothing. People should not believe everything they read. They don't know the man. I do. Agnes, I can't send you another star yet. Soon as I can, I will do. You make the world a better place.
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