Alkarama, in collaboration with Human Rights Guardians, referred eight cases of enforced disappearance to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances – Mssrs Khaled Awda, Abdul Rahman Al Hamraoui, Mohammed Noor Zada, Deibo Al Khalif, Jamil Al Najjar, Mohamed Rami Ramla, Mr Sabaie Sharkeyia and his brother Mr Alaa Sharkeyia. They all disappeared after being arrested by the State forces in Homs, Aleppo and Damascus, between September 2012 and July 2013.
Mohamed Ibrahim Waiss was finally released on 21 August at the outcome of his trial before the Criminal Chamber of the Djibouti Court, which acquitted Waiss of the charges of participation in an illegal demonstration for which he was prosecuted.
Alkarama has sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearance regarding the case of human rights defender, Faten Rajab Fawaz, arrested by a Syrian Air Force Patrol on 26 December 2011. Recently transferred to an unknown location, Fawaz, who has reportedly been severely tortured in detention has not been seen since mid-July 2014.
Iraq: Four Security Officers of Former Vice-President Al Hashimi Arbitrarily Detained on Basis of False Confessions Obtained Under Torture
On 5 August 2014, Alkarama sent a communication to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to call upon the Iraqi authorities to end the arbitrary detention of four security officers by releasing them immediately. Ghassan Al Kubaisi, Omar Al Noaemy, Abdulrazak Al Duleimi and Uday Al Ithawi were all arrested between December 2011 and January 2012, severely tortured and forced to make false confessions, on the basis of which they were later sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI). Today, these four individuals are still detained in Al Baladiyat Prison in extremely poor and inhumane conditions of detention.
On 4 July 2014, the police shot at peaceful demonstrators at the exit of a Mosque in Al Mattariyyah, with no legitimate reasons. Amongst these demonstrators was 22-year old student, Karim Jamal Mahmoud Mostafa Shama.
Alkarama has referred the case of a Syrian citizen, Azad Abdo, to the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, regarding Abdo's secret detention by the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) since his abduction in November 2013.