Trade unionists and activists are mobilising for an international day of action on 20 June in solidarity with Louisa Hanoune, General Secretary of the radical left Workers’ Party who was detained by a military court in Algeria on 9 May. Louisa is one of increasing numbers of activists to face detention and jail in recent weeks, as the Algerian regime has attempted to use repression against organisers and supporters of the mass popular protests and strikes which have gripped the country since February this year.
In a statement the organisers of the Free Louisa Hanoune campaign said:
Louisa Hanoune has been known in the world and for years for her stance and her uncompromising fight in defence of democracy, freedoms, women’s rights and always on the side of the people and the oppressed”
Louisa is well-known for her campaigns against the Family Code, which discriminates against Algerian women, treating them essentially as minors, and for equal recognition of the Berber language alongside Arabic. In the leadership of the Workers Party, she has been active for many years supporting striking workers and fighting for social justice.
A statement in solidarity with Louisa has been launched by the international campaign and is gathering support among trade union activists in the UK, with endorsements from leading activists in UCU, the bakers’ union BFAWU, NEU, Unite and PCS.
What you can do:
- Join the protest at the Algerian embassy in London on 20 June – check the campaign Facebook page for details
- Sign the statement in solidarity with Louisa here and download a list of some of the initial signatories here Louise Hanoune PDF
- Use the hashtag #freelouisahanoune on social and media and follow the campaign here
- Download Louisa’s biography here Louisa Hanoune short biography
- Pass a resolution in your trade union branch calling for the release of Louisa and all other political prisoners in Algeria