Counter-corruption: Algeria submits to sole assessment of UN mechanisms

APS - 05 February 2019

ALGIERS-“Algeria submits to the sole assessment of the United Nations’ counter-corruption mechanism and takes no heed of the reports issued by some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that pretend to ignore its positive achievements in this area, Justice Minister, Tayeb Louh said Tuesday.

Presenting the bill amending and completing the law 06-01 on the prevention and fight against corruption before MPs of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House), Louh said that Algeria conformed to the United Nations Convention against Corruption and was one of the first countries to ratify it.

“We take no heed of what is said here and there about Algeria’s ranking in the reports of some NGOs. We are only interested in the UN assessment,” said Louh.
The minister recalled that Algeria was a member of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, in which it is subject to a multi-stage evaluation.

Algeria “trusts” in its counter-corruption institutions and the measures taken for this purpose, in accordance with “willingness of the president of the Republic,” said the minister.

Louh also referred to the suggestion made by Algeria two years ago before the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Geneva, which focused on addressing financial crimes.
”Unfortunately, the reports of these NGOs never refer to this proposal,” stated the minister.

Besides, Louh focused on the “bold” measures provided for in the law on counter-corruption in force, “which is often the target of subject critics.”

Speaking about the main points contained in this "model" law, Louh referred to the imprescriptibility of the crimes of transferring corruption proceeds abroad, "which is one of the positive points highlighted in the UN assessment. However, these matters are not mentioned in the reports of some NGOs targeting Algeria.”