Mauritania: New wave of reprisals against IRA anti-slavery activists

MRT - News | 28 July 2016

Between 30 June and 9 July 2016, members of the Mauritanian NGO "Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA)", were subjected to a new wave of reprisals with 13 of its members arrested: Tidjane Amadou Diop Balla Touré, Hamady Lehbouss Ahmed Amarvall, Khattry M'Bareck Mohamed Daty, Jemal Beylil, Anne Ousmane Ousmane Lô, Abdallahi Matallah Seck, Biram Moussa, Mohamed Abdallahi Abou Diop and Mohamed Jaroullah. On 21 July 2016, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (SR HRD) Michel Forst to solicit his urgent intervention with the Mauritanian authorities to ensure the immediate release of the aforementioned activists and drop all charges against them.

Syria: A Man Detained in Sednaya Prison Disappeared Since April 2016

SYR - News | 27 July 2016

On 26 July 2016, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the case of a Syrian citizen from the village of Al-Hashimiyah in the Hama Governorate who disappeared in Homs on 20 June 2015, after an arrest conducted by the Air Force Intelligence at a checkpoint. His family visited him once in Sednaya prison in late April 2016 but remains since without any information about his fate, fearing for his life as he suffers from a heart condition.

On 20 June 2015, Souhail Al Ashkar, a 44 year-old construction worker, was arrested, without a warrant,

Israel: 15-year-old Palestinian Sentenced to Six And a Half Years Imprisonment for an Allegedly Stabbing Attempt

PAL/ISR - News | 22 July 2016

On 17 July 2016, the Israeli Central Criminal Court issued a verdict sentencing Muawiya Alqam, a 15-year-old from Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, to six and a half years imprisonment and to pay a fine of 26,000 shekels (about 6,750$). Muawiya was violently arrested in 2015 and deprived of his basic fair trial rights, a discriminatory treatment applied to Palestinians only. He is currently amongst the hundreds of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons. "Such sentences are oppressive against our children. We should not remain silent. Our children have a right to live freely and to have dignity like other children in the world", said Muawiya's father.

Syria: Six Men From the Same Village Disappeared Following Abduction by the Air Force Intelligence

SYR - News | 20 July 2016

On 11 and 19 July 2016, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of four Syrian citizens from the village of Kafr al-Tun who disappeared in the Governorate of Hama in western central Syria between 2012 and 2013, their families remaining without information on their fates and whereabouts to date. They were all arrested during raids and waves of arrest conducted by the Air Force Intelligence, after which they were brought to unknown places of detention. Their families did not take any action after their disappearance, fearing reprisals or to be arrested themselves, as it is often the case.

Kuwait: Human Rights Committee Issues its Concluding Observations on the Situation of Civil and Political Rights in the Country

KWT - News | 19 July 2016

After reviewing Kuwait's third periodic report on 21 and 22 June 2016, on 15 July 2016, the Human Rights Committee (HRCtee)published its Concluding Observations on the human rights situation in the country and the State party's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR). The Committee's recommendations thoroughly reflect Alkarama's points of concern which it shared with the Committee's experts at the NGO briefing and which it highlighted in its shadow report presented to the Committee before the review.

Syria: Five Men From the Same Village Disappeared Following Abduction by the Military Intelligence

SYR - News | 19 July 2016

On 11 July 2016, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of five Syrian citizens from the village of Kafr al-Tun who disappeared in the Governorate of Hama in western central Syria between 2012 and 2014. They were all arrested during raids and waves of arrest conducted by the Military Intelligence Directorate – or "Military Security" – or as they were passing checkpoints, after which they were brought to unknown places of detention. Their families did not take any action after their disappearance, fearing reprisals or to be arrested themselves.

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