Israel: International Human Rights Obligations are “Not a Matter of Auto-Interpretation”

Communiqués | 24 October 2014

On 20 October 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) reviewed Israel's fourth periodic report at its 122th session held in Palais Wilson, Geneva. The review , which aims at assessing a State's implementation of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) takes the form of a day-long interactive dialogue between the State's authorities and the UN independent experts. Although the HRC will issue its Concluding Observations on 31 October, including recommendations to be implemented by Israel, it already clearly emerged from the review that Israel was not fully complying with the ICCPR, as expressed by the Committee's Chair, Sir Nigel Rodley, before declaring the session closed: "the Covenant is not a matter of auto-interpretation by every State."

Libya: Condemned by UN Human Rights Committee for Enforced Disappearance of Abdelhamid Al Daquel

Communiqués | 22 October 2014

During its 111th session in July 2014, the Human Rights Committee issued an opinion on the case of Abdelhamid Al Daquel, considering that his enforced disappearance in June 1996 was due to a series of violations by Libya of its international obligations.

On 5 May 2009, Alkarama had submitted a communication to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) regarding the disappearance of Abdelhamid Al Daquel, whose family had not heard from him since his arrest on 26 January 1989, despite all the steps taken by his father towards the authorities, which were left unanswered.

The United Nations Committee against Torture’s report confirms shared concerns amongst Lebanese civil society organizations (CSOs) on the occurrences of torture and ill-treatment in Lebanese detention facilities.

Communiqués | 20 October 2014

Beirut, 20 October 2014

On 7 October 2014, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) publicized the summary of the inquiry on the practice of torture in Lebanon conducted between May 2012 and November 2013. Describing torture in Lebanon as a "pervasive practice that is routinely used by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies," the report shows the systematic occurrence of such practices in Lebanon in accordance with Article 20 of the Convention against Torture. The report has set off alarm bells on the human rights situation and the conditions of detention in Lebanon in particular the safeguards of protection of people deprived of their liberty. Ad hoc and stand-alone interventions taken by the Lebanese authorities have proven to be inefficient and unsuccessful in prohibiting and preventing the practice of torture in the country.

Egypt – Arbitrary Detention, Torture and Sexual Abuse of an Adolescent Woman

Communiqués | 16 October 2014

On 1 October 2014, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal before the United Nations Special Procedures concerning the arbitrary detention and torture of Rawda Jamal Abd Al Azzem, an 18 year-old student arrested by the Egyptian police on 28 December 2013, in Nasr City.

Iraq: Another Victim of Enforced Disappearance – Iraq Must Stop Using the Current Armed Conflict as a Pretext not to Comply with its International Human Rights Obligations

Communiqués | 16 October 2014

On 24 September 2014, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly wrote to Emmanuel Decaux, Chairman of the Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED) to call on the Iraqi authorities to release Jamal Hadi Abdel Raouf Al Abdali, disappeared since his arrest by a security patrol on 21 April 2014.

Iraq: Enforced Disappearance of Taekwondo Federation President, Al Zabidi for Over 8 Years

Communiqués | 15 October 2014

On 24 September 2014, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly wrote to the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) to alert them on the case of Jamal AbdulKareemKazar Al Zabidi, President of the Taekwondo Federation and member of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, disappeared since his arrest by members of the Iraqi military forces on 15 July 2006.

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