Algeria: 6th National Day of LGBTIQ Rights

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are reposting the following announcement from Abu Nawas Algeria

In a few days, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community will light up its sixth candle to celebrate our national day "TEN TEN" which coincides with October 10 of each year.

After thousands of lighted candles expressing hope, we arrive today to look back to a year of an incomparable mobilization. Indeed, in addition to the integration and the joining of many of our own to our daily struggle for our right to live with dignity, we can also count a great number of activists in the world of civil society who have joined us in their own name or the name of their organizations to say that our battle has now become theirs too. It is now clear that no battle for full and indivisible citizenship in Algeria can be done without the strength of Algerian LGBTQI activists.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Abu Nawas, we managed to make our voices heard beyond the lands of Algeria and to join to our struggle a great international support. It even took shape in action when, last May in Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review, the Algerian government was interpellated in order to remove the law 338 of the Penal Code which still criminalizes homosexuality today.

So we let hope and mobilization forging us and we choose for the year to come the Union way, the Union of all the activists in the cause and of all the organizations that are acting on the ground to say that we remain committed, despite all the constraints to conquer our most basic rights, including the most natural one of them, that of being considered as "Human Beings".

So we invite all individual and collective energies, here or elsewhere, to join our union, because human rights are the concern of each one of you and that no one can be excluded. Therefore, we would ask you to celebrate this day as every year by lighting a candle on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 8PM. As far from each other as they can be lit, these candles will remain very representative of the union of our strength on our fight for our right to be different.