Algeria Watch International P.O.Box 27423 West Allis, WI. 53227, USA Tel: (414) 543-6534 email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://members.tripod.com/~AlgeriaWatch Statement Release: AWI9803007 March 24, 1998 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights is currently holding its annual six-week session (March 16-April 24) in Geneva. Among the most urgent cases before the commission is the case of the current violence in Algeria. Algeria Watch International wishes to urge the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to appoint an official to investigate the recent massacres and endemic violence in Algeria. Algeria Watch International is well aware that the Algerian authorities have agreed in "principle" to a visit to Algeria by United Nations experts on torture and executions. However, the Algerian government has so far refused to grant permission for such visists to take place in Algeria. Algeria Watch International urges the United Nations to reiterate its call that the Algerian government allow its envoys entry into the country to carry out their crucial job of establishing the exact nature of the violence in Algeria.