AWI Announcement

    
    Algeria Watch International
    P.O.Box 27423
    West Allis, WI. 53227, USA
    Tel: (414) 543-6534
    AWI email: awi@afn.org
    BOD email: afn33683@afn.org
    URL: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch
    
    January 28, 1998
    
    Dear friends:
    
    	 It is with great pleasure that we announce the creation of Algeria Watch International, 
    a non-political, non-governmental, non-profit US based organization.  The following is Algeria 
    Watch International's mission statement:
    
     	Algeria Watch International's mission is to bring to public world attention actions 
      	that  (1) violate the human rights of Algerians and non-Algerians in Algeria,  
      	(2) violate or restrict freedom of expression of Algerians and non-Algerians in  
     	Algeria, (3) violate principles of democracy and fair political participation in Algeria,
    	(4) hinder real progress towards a lasting resolution to the tragic conflict in Algeria, and
    	(5) lead to the degradation of the economic and social conditions in Algeria; such actions 
    	Algeria Watch International will condemn and will call upon public world opinion to do 
    	likewise; by the same token, Algeria Watch International will bring to the attention of the 
    	world actions that (1) promote the human rights of Algerians and non-Algerians in Algeria,
    	(2) promote and defend freedom of expression of Algerians and non-Algerians in Algeria, 
    	(3) promote principles of democracy and fair political participation in Algeria, (4) promote 
    	real progress towards a lasting resolution to the tragic conflict in Algeria, and (5) promote 
    	better economic and social conditions in Algeria; such actions Algeria Watch International 
    	will applaud and will call upon public world opinion to do likewise.
    
    
    	The establishment of Algeria Watch International was motivated by the following two 
    observations: (1) many Algerians living abroad and friends of Algeria, in the face of the terrible 
    crisis Algeria has been undergoing for the last five years, have expressed the necessity, indeed the 
    duty, of acting in a concerted way in an effort to positively contribute to a lasting solution for the crisis 
    in Algeria, (2) the various efforts that have been undertaken towards that end have, to varying degrees,
    fallen short of expectations.  We attribute the limited success of past efforts not to a lack of good will or 
    energy on the part of those who have contributed to those efforts, but rather to the absence of a 
    permanent organizational structure upon which long-term efforts may be progressively built.  Algeria 
    Watch International has been established precisely to provide Algerians and friends of Algeria wishing 
    to positively contribute to a lasting solution to the Algerian crisis with such a permanent  organizational
    structure.
    
    	Algeria Watch International (AWI) is a purely volunteer driven organization established with 
    the following premise in mind: the long-term success of AWI's endeavor will depend on the extent to 
    which people concerned with the Algerian crisis will participate in its efforts. Towards that end, we 
    have: (1) articulated a well-defined mission, (2) established an organizational structure specifying 
    the ground rules of this organization's operations, and (3) provided  a detailed division of labor that 
    takes into account the fact that, as volunteers with other life commitments, members of AWI will have
    limited time to devote to AWI activities.
    
    	With these introductory remarks, we would like to invite each one of you to join Algeria 
    Watch International.  You will find more information on AWI at the following site:
    
    		http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch
    
    	To join AWI, please send an e-mail to awi@afn.org, stating your name and your intention
    to join AWI, or fill the form in the following page:
    
    		http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/AWIApplication.html
    
    	To examine what positions are available in AWI's organization, please visit the following page:
    
    		http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch/divlabor.html
    
    	You may send AWI-related queries to: awi@afn.org
    
    	We look forward to your feedback and support.  AWI's success crucially depends on your 
    participation.
    
    
    	Yours,
    
    	The Board of Directors,
    	Algeria Watch International
    





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