HUMAN RIGHTS IN ALGERIA

Rights of the Child

Algeria enjoys its membership among nations that have always underscored a child's supreme interest. True to its international commitments, Algeria has promulgated a whole legal arsenal intended to protect children against all forms of mistreatment and including the Family Code, the Nationality Code, and the Penal Code as amended and updated.

A law on the protection of children was promulgated on July 15, 2015, with the goal of further shield children against various manifestations of violence and danger threatening their physical and psychological integrity. The new law adds to the existing national legal arsenal devoted to child protection and constitutes a cornerstone in the nation's legal edifice.

The newly amended Constitution has enshrined further protection of the rights of the child introducing new provisions aimed at combating violence against children, prohibiting labor for minors under 16, and improving conditions of police custody called for in criminal procedures.