United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) to, once more, request their intervention with the Emirati authorities on the case of known activist Dr Naser Bin Ghaith. After a nearly eight-month-disappearance, which started on 18 August 2015, Dr Bin Ghaith was taken before the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi on 4 April 2016. He had a closed hearing at the court, which only his family could attend. While he was allowed to have a lawyer present, Dr Bin Ghaith was not permitted to talk to him or to meet him in private before the hearing.On 27 April 2016, Alkarama seized the
United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), in the hope that it will help shed light on his whereabouts.Ammar Tellawi, a 36-year-old peaceful activist and PhD student at Damascus University disappeared in July 2014 from Adra prison where he was detained. After family visits were denied, Ammar was transferred to another unknown location, and the prison administration refused to give his relatives any information on his fate and whereabouts. Therefore, on 22 April 2016 Alkarama seized the
Jordanian journalist Taysir Hasan Mahmoud Salman was supposed to fly from the United Arab Emirates, where he currently lives, to Jordan on vacation on 3 December 2015; however, he was prevented from boarding his flight by the airport authorities. Ten days later, on 13 December, Taysir Salman was contacted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Abu Dhabi, which requested him to go to their building to be informed of the reasons why he was not allowed to leave the country. Upon arrival, around 7pm, Taysir was arrested by members of the State Security Forces and taken to an unknown location.
Alkarama welcomes the release, on 20 April 2016, of Abdulrab Ahmed Abdulrab Al Humaiqani, a human rights and political activist who was arrested by the Houthi-Saleh Coalition on 28 August 2015. After being arrested without a warrant nor being presented with the reasons for the arrest, Al Humaiqani was taken to an unknown location, where he was kept without contact with his family until his release.
The transfer of two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia has been the subject of considerable criticism in Egypt. On 15 April 2015, few days after the announcement of this deal between the two countries, Egyptians peacefully gathered to protest against it. Although people initially took to the streets to express their discontent over the planned handover, many slogans were directed against the increasingly authoritarian drift of the regime and the state security apparatus. Similar peaceful protests were held on 25 April 2016 across the country.
Alkarama welcomes the release, on 24 April 2016, of 12-year-old Palestinian student Dima Al-Wawi, who was arrested on her way to school on 9 February 2016 and, on 18 February, was sentenced by the Israeli Ofer Court to four months in prison for “carrying a knife”, which according to the court, would have been used to kill Israeli settlers.