On 18 December 2014, less than a week after Layla and Tarek Issawi's return from Geneva where they had gone to receive the 2014 Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders on behalf of their daughter, Shireen, still detained by Israel, their youngest son, Shadi, a law student, was re-arrested by the Israeli forces at a checkpoint. His arrest is part of a broad campaign of reprisals against the Issawi family.
Alkarama welcomes the release, on 18 December 2014, of Jadia Abdallah Nawfal and Omar Al Shaar two Syrian human rights defenders arrested on their return from Beirut where they were attending human rights conferences and workshops. Detained in Adra Prison, they were freed yesterday following a decision issued by the investigating judge.
Iraq: Alkarama Raises 22 Questions in View of the Country’s Review by the UN Human Rights Committee in 2015
On 17 December 2014, Alkarama provided the Human Rights Committee (HRC) with a list of 22 issues to be raised by the United Nations experts with the Iraqi authorities during their consideration of Iraq's fifth periodic report.
Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), regarding the case of Mouhayadine Yacin Mohamed and Said Charmake Darar, two young Djiboutian activists arbitrarily arrested by the police on 8 December 2014. They are respectively the President and spokesman of the Mouvement des jeunes de l'opposition (MJO), a peaceful group created in January 2011 calling for democratic reforms in Djibouti.
On 2 December 2014, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians sent a communication to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), regarding the disappearance, between August 2012 and May 2013, of three Syrian citizens, all living and working in the neighbourhoods of Al Lataminah, a village in northern Syria part of the Hama governorate. The three victims were arrested by members of the governmental security forces and their fates remain unknown do date.
Egypt: UN Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Release Khaled Hamza and Four Other Civilians and to Respect its International Obligations
During its last session in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) released its opinion (35/2014) regarding Alkarama's communication sent on 8 May 2014 regarding the detention of Khaled Mohamed Hamza Abbas and four other individuals arrested with him, Adel Mostafa Qatamish, Ali Thabit Ezzedin, Zain El Abidine Mahmoud and Tariq Ismail Ahmed. Finding that their detention was arbitrary and contrary to international human rights law, the Working Group experts called for their immediate release.