Yemen: UN Committee against Torture Adopts List of Issues in View of the Country's Third Review

YEM - News | 29 July 2015

On 6 May 2015, during its 54th session, the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) adopted a List of 34 issues to discuss during Yemen's upcoming third review, which will take place after the State submits its report to the list of issues. The UN experts inquired about the steps taken by the State to enforce the absolute prohibition of torture in a time of armed conflict, adopt a definition of torture compliant with the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT), prosecute the perpetrators of such acts and ensure that detainees are provided with all fundamental safeguards. All these issues had been raised in Alkarama's list of 56 issues that it submitted to the CAT in February 2015 in view of its consideration of Yemen's report.

Egypt: Young Student Risks Handicap for Life for Taking Pictures of Peaceful Protests

EGY - News | 27 July 2015

On 22 July 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the continuous detention of Esraa Mahfouz Mohamed El Taweel, a 23-year-old student who has been detained arbitrarily since her arrest on 1 June 2015. Esraa is at high risk of not walking again if she is not able to continue the treatment that she was prescribed after governmental forces shot her in the leg during the peaceful protests that marked the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution on 25 January 2014, as the bullet affected the nerves controlling her legs.

Iraq: Another Case of Enforced Disappearance by the Military in Baghdad

IRQ - News | 27 July 2015

On 14 July 2015, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly sent a communication to the United Nations Committee of Enforced Disappearances (CED) regarding the disappearance of an Iraqi worker, Omar Saadoun Nayef Al Saab, following his abduction by government forces in Baghdad in June 2014.

Libya: Tobruk Government Militia Executes 39 Civilians in One Day – Alkarama Calls on International Commission of Inquiry on Libya to Investigate Kikla Massacre

LBY - News | 24 July 2015

On 22 July 2015, Alkarama referred the cases of 39 Libyan citizens, executed by the Zintan forces in the city of Kikla on 11 October 2014, to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions (SR SUMX) and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Recalling that an International Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was established in February 2011 to investigate all human rights violations in Libya, Alkarama called upon the CoI to urgently investigate the Kikla massacre in accordance with its mandate.

Egypt: URGENT APPEAL - Former MP Disappears Raising Strong Concerns over his Health

EGY - News | 23 July 2015

On 20 July 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the case of Mahmoud Tawfik Abdalaal, a 55-year-old former parliamentarian of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood – disappeared since his arrest on 6 June 2015. Diagnosed with cirrhosis and Hepatitis C prior to his arrest, he is unlikely to be granted the medical care his health requires during his secret detention by the Homeland Security. Because of his political affiliations he is also at high risk of torture, a widespread practice in Egypt against real and alleged political opponents.

Palestine: Minor Detained for Over 2 Years Pending Trial for “Throwing Stones”

PAL/ISR - News | 23 July 2015

On 7 July 2015, Alkarama sent a communication to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding the case of Mohammed Mahdi Saleh Suleiman, a Palestinian teenager arrested on 15 March 2013 for "throwing stones" and arbitrarily detained pending trial to this day. Mohamed is one of the five Palestinian boys from Hares – the 'Hares Boys' case – accused of "attempted murder" by way of throwing stones who have been detained pending trial since their arrest over two years ago.

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