Morocco: Submission of Alkarama’s Report on the Human Rights Situation in View of the State’s Next Universal Periodic Review
On 22 September 2016, Alkarama submitted its report on Morocco’s human rights situation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in view of its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which will be held in May 2017. Despite the authorities’ tangible progress in the protection and promotion of human rights, some practices remain in violation of Morocco’s international obligations.
Algeria: Alkarama Expresses Concerns about the Country's Human Rights Record and Issues Recommendations to UN Member States
On 22 September 2016, Alkarama submitted its report on Algeria's human rights situation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in view of the State's third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which will be held in May 2017.
The main concerns raised by Alkarama include the ongoing serious violations of the detainees' most basic rights, the State's clear lack of cooperation with the UN human rights protection mechanisms, particularly in cases of enforced disappearances, the continued restriction on fundamental freedoms inherited from the 19-year-long state of emergency, and the human rights abuses committed in the context of the fight against terrorism. In its report, Alkarama suggests 18 recommendations to be addressed to Algeria in order to strengthen the authorities' respect for human rights.
Lebanon: A 23-year-old Syrian Refugee Reappears After a Month of Disappearance by the Military Intelligence
On 22 September 2016, Mohamad Al Souki, a Syrian refugee arrested in late August in Sir El Danniyeh, north of Lebanon, by officers of the Military Intelligence for “not possessing a valid Lebanese residence permit”, reappeared after a month of disappearance. That day, upon information received by a former detainee, a notary public went to the premises of the military police at the Military Court in Beirut and received official confirmation by the authorities that Al Souki was held there. On 20 September 2016, Alkarama had sent his case to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).
On 22 September 2016, Alkarama submitted its report on Bahrain’s human rights situation to the Human Rights Council, in view of Bahrain’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which will be held in May 2017. In its report, Alkarama underscored the most serious human rights violations which continue to persist in the country, such as the use of torture, the recourse to arbitrary detention and the violations of fair trial rights. Alkarama’s report also points out the lack of implementation of several recommendations accepted by Bahrain during its second UPR in 2012.
On 26 September 2016, Hatem Al Darawsheh, a 19-year-old Jordanian high school student, will face trial before the State Security Court for his alleged “support to a terrorist organisation”, based on statements extracted under torture during his interrogation by officers of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID). Concerned over such abuses, Alkarama sent al Darawsheh’s case to Ben Emmerson, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (SRCT), asking him to urgently intervene with the Jordanian authorities to ask for Al Darawsheh’s release and drop all charges against him.
Sudan: Civil Society and UN Member States Cast Doubts On Real Commitment To Uphold Human Rights In The Country
On 21 September 2016, the final outcome of Sudan's Universal Periodic Review (UPR), that took place on 4 May 2016, was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). This consideration was the occasion for UN Member States and civil society organisations to raise their concerns over Sudan's human rights situation, in particular the State's failure to implement the majority of the recommendations accepted during the first cycle of the UPR in 2011.