Mourad Dhina

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Mourad Dhina
مراد دهينة
Personal details
Born 6 August 1961
Blida, Algeria
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Mourad Dhina (Arabic: مراد دهينة‎‎; born 6 August 1961) is an Algerian physicist and activist living in Switzerland. Mourad is the executive director of the Alkarama NGO.[citation needed]

Education and scientific works[edit]

He obtained a Master in physics from MIT in 1985, two years later he obtained a Ph.D. in particle physics from the same institute.[1][2] He worked as researcher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research and also the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.[citation needed]

Human rights and political commitment[edit]

He became an opponent of the Algerian government following the coup d'état of January 1992 that banned the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), starting the Algerian Civil War. After being spokesman for the Coordination Committee of the FIS, he became head of the Executive Office of the FIS from October 2002 to October 2004, when he resigned and left the party, regarding it as inactive and ineffective.[3]

Mourad Dhina condemns the violence of the Algerian army during the civil war of the 1990s but some Algerian activists close the "eradicators"[4] claim that he has never condemned the violence and the murders of secular journalists and intellectuals by the Islamist extremists. His response is that he does condemn all victims of the violence and rejects the selectivity of those who want to single out the so-called "secular journalists and intellectuals". He has always called for independent and credible investigations into the massacres, disappearances, killings and torture that Algeria has witnessed since the 1992 coup. He advocates a national reconciliation based on memory, truth and justice.[5]

In 2007, he founded with Mohamed Larbi Zitout, Abbas Aroua, Rachid Mesli and Mohamed Samraoui, the Rachad movement, an Algerian opposition movement which advocates a radical non-violent change in the Algerian political system to establish good governance in Algeria.[citation needed]

Mourad Dhina is the executive director of the Alkarama (dignity) NGO.

Arrest of the 16th of January 2012 / Liberation 4 July 2012[edit]

Mourad Dhina has been arrested the 16th of January 2012 by the French police at the Orly Airport while he was travelling to Geneva,.[6][7]

After almost six months of detention in Paris, the French judiciary finally ordered him released in a ruling that considered the Algerian warrant as ill-founded and that there was no reason to keep Mourad Dhina detained.[8]


  1. ^ Mourad Dhina's thesis
  2. ^ Scientific Commons: Mourad Dhina
  3. ^ Mourad Dhina a quitté discrètement le FIS, IAN HAMEL, Le, 14 Oct 2006
  4. ^ Eradicator (Algerian politics)
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  7. ^ Alkrama Communiqué on the arrest of its executive director
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