On 19 June 2015, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of Ali Mustafa Ahmad Hannon, a Palestinian Sheikh and father unlawfully detained since his arrest in the West Bank by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) a month earlier.
On 15 June 2015, Alkarama sent a communication the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture (SRT) concerning the cases of 10 Libyan citizens all subjected to torture at the end of 2014. These cases are illustrative of the increasing use of torture by militias – in the present case, the Zintan brigade, a government-funded militia drawn from the garrison town of Zintan in northwest Libya, acting as the regular force of the internationally recognised government of Tobruk – who wish to intimidate, eliminate and punish all discordant voices.
On 29 June 2015, the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict (CoI on Gaza) presented to the Human Rights Council (HRC) the conclusions of its inquiry into violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Law (HRL) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) in the context of the Operation "Protective Edge." Concluding that the information gathered was "pointing to serious violations" by both parties which "may amount to war crimes," the Commission called upon all duty bearers to implement all the recommendations previously made by various UN bodies, noting that their persistent lack of implementation "lies at the heart of the systematic recurrence of violations in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories."
New Report Shows U.S. Drone Policy in Yemen Leads to Severe Trauma among Civilians and Sets Dangerous Precedent for International Community
A new report released in an online panel discussion by Alkarama on 24 June 2015 shows the traumatising impact that the U.S. drone policy has on civilians in Yemen, leading to considerable resentment and setting a dangerous precedent for the entire international community by trampling on fundamental rights and safeguards in complete secrecy and without accountability.
We are a coalition of human rights and humanitarian organizations working to protect and assist the civilians of Syria. We wish to express our collective outrage at the never ending state of unchecked brutality in Syria and call on the UN Security Council to take immediate action. Given continuing indiscriminate attacks against civilians within Syria, we urge each member of the Security Council to now take steps to implement further diplomatic measures given clear and ongoing non-compliance with Resolution 2139, specifically measures to establish a mechanism to track and publically expose indiscriminate attacks by any means against civilians, including barrel bombs or car bombs, and to lay down clear consequences for violators.
Yemen: Report Launch - "Traumatising Skies" – Online Panel Discussion on U.S. Drone Operations in Yemen
On 24 June 2015 at 5.30pm, Alkarama will launch its new report on "Traumatising Skies: U.S. Drone Operations and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Civilians in Yemen." The event will take the form of an online discussion will feature a panel of four experts from diverse backgrounds, including military, legal and psychiatry.