A lawyer in Criminal Law in Algeria, Rachid Mesli has defended many detainees following the cessation of the legislative electoral process in January 1992.
According to his biography, he was kidnapped by security forces on 31 July 1996, and then detained for three years after being repeatedly beaten, threatened, and convicted following a trial that "clearly violated international standards for a fair trial "according to Amnesty International. He was later sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in absentia in Algeria.
The site Rue 89 posted an article praising him and explained why Algeria is after him:
"I have always embarrassed the authorities of my country by taking care of political prisoners. They went mad when I submitted the files of Abbassi Madani and Ali Belhadj in 2001 to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which recognized that the two FIS (Islamic Salvation Front) leaders had been detained following an unfair trial. Last year, the Human Rights Committee also condemned Algeria for these same cases. "(Rue 89)
Rachid Mesli moved to Geneva in 2000.
For a long time, he was the spokesman of the Arab Commission on Human Rights, which co-publishes an anti-Semitic leaflet since 2002 called: "The Jewish-Nazi Manifesto of Ariel Sharon".
He co-founded Al Karama in 2004, a foundation whose links with Al Qaeda and its admirers are regularly questioned.
In 2014, Alkarama Foundation was included on the list of terrorist organizations issued by the United Arab Emirates.
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