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Human rights

Human rights situation in Algeria is hard, but varies much depending on region. Areas where Islamist groups do not act are generally saved from the worst problems.
Since early 1990's thousands have been massacred in or near their own homes, either by members of several Islamist groups, or to some extent, even by government forces.
Violations from the government side usually happnes in prisons and by disappearances of people. Other violations involve incidences of arbitrary arrests and long stays in prison before trial, denial of due process, restrictions on civil liberties and freedom of religion and discrimination against women and minorities.
Improvements have happened in recent years, involving actions against abuse, torture and arbitrary arrest by security forces; a crackdown on corruption in public administration and in the courts; introuding better laws to protect the rights of women, and with regional elections in the Kabylia in 2005 to improve regional politics in this region for its Berber population.

Internal threats
(2009) Algeria still finds itself in the era of unrest after the Algerian Civil War (1992-1999), although it is more limited, in geography and incidents, than ever.
The active goup now is the Al-Qa'ida in Islamic North Africa (until 2007, GSPC), while GIA seems no longer to exist.

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