The Office of the Arab Parliament announced its rejection of the malicious resolution issued of late by the European Parliament criticizing the human rights situation in Algeria as it was issued by a party that does not have the legal capacity to comment on this issue, while calling on the European Parliament to review its position and to respect Algeria’s sovereignty and its constitutional and legal system, and not to interfere in its internal affairs.
The European Parliament’s criticism of the human rights situation in Algeria aroused the ire of the Arab Parliament’s office, which announced in a statement its absolute rejection of the relevant resolution issued by the European Parliament, considering that the latter does not have the legal capacity to comment on this issue, according to the Arab Parliament’s office based in Cairo.
For the Arab League, such interference in the affairs of a sovereign state is unacceptable, especially since it is not the first time that the European Parliament intervened in Algeria, as it had previously intervened in the issue of elections and the popular movement last November.
The statement added that what was issued by the European Parliament “represents a blatant interference in the domestic affairs of the Republic of Algeria and a continuation of an unacceptable approach to similar decisions,” especially since it is considered the second decision issued by the European Parliament against the Republic of Algeria within one year.
The office of the Arab Parliament did not hesitate to ask the European Parliament to review its position and respect the sovereignty of the state of Algeria and its constitutional and legal system, and not to interfere in its internal affairs, calling on the latter to be at the level of responsibility and diplomacy imposed by the common interests and strategic relations between the European Union and Arab countries.
Furthermore, the statement of the Arab Parliament’s Office called for adopting an approach to create a common ground for a positive dialogue between the European Parliament and Arab parliaments, in compliance with the principle of good neighborliness, partnership relations between Arab countries and European countries, and common strategic issues between the two sides.
For its part, the Algerian Division of the Joint Committee comprising “The Algerian Parliament – the European Parliament” expressed its rejection of the list criticizing the human rights situation in Algeria, firmly denouncing what was stated in the text of the resolution, which is the second issued against Algeria within one year, calling on the European Parliament to respect Freedoms and reject any violence within the periphery of the European Union, especially with the increase in racial extremism against the Muslim community and the rise of xenophobia, instead of blatantly interfering in the internal affairs of countries.
In the same context, the members of the Division denounced the silence of the European Parliament towards the emergence of laws restricting religiosity in Europe, as it was better for them – the statement added – to tackle the dangerous and provocative statements about Islam that horrendously violate the principle of coexistence in countries that pride themselves on democracy, freedom of belief and justice.
They further called on its members to open discussion and dialogue with their European counterparts on important issues in a civilized manner, whether in Strasbourg, Brussels or Algeria.