Algeria: Two Human Rights Activists Arbitrarily Detained

DZA - News | 09 February 2016

On 15 November 2015, the police arrested Adel Ayachi and Tijani Ben Derrah, two bloggers and human rights activists who had, the day before, participated in a peaceful protest for freedom of expression. Almost three months later, the two activists remain detained in the prison of El Harrach, a suburb of Algiers, awaiting trial. Alkarama seized the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (SR HRD) with their case on 8 February 2016.

Egypt: Two Minors Disappeared in January 2016

EGY - News | 08 February 2016

On 12 and 31 January 2016, the police respectively arrested 15-year-old Asser Mohammed Zahr Aldeen Abdelwarth and 18-year-old Abdelrahman Mohammed Saleh Mohammed at their home, in Giza and Cairo. In spite of their numerous efforts to locate them, their respective families have not heard from them since and fear that they could be tortured during their secret detention. With a view to contributing to end their ordeals, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) to ask the Egyptian authorities to disclose their places of detention and to authorise their families and lawyers to visit them immediately.

Bahrain: Arbitrary Detention of Photojournalist Since 3 February 2016

BHR - News | 08 February 2016

On 3 February 2016, 25-year-old photojournalist Ahmed Jaber Al Fardan was arrested, after being sentenced to three months imprisonment for allegedly attempting to attend an illegal gathering in 2013. Considering his detention arbitrary, on 5 February 2016, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), requesting it to call upon the Bahraini authorities to immediately release Al Fardan.

UAE: Jordanian Journalist Disappears Following Arrest by Criminal Investigation Department Police

UAE - News | 05 February 2016

On 13 December 2015, journalist Taysir Hasan Mahmoud Salman was arrested by police forces at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Abu Dhabi and taken to an unknown location. Almost two months later, he remains disappeared. In view of these facts, on 4 February 2016, Alkarama sent Taysir's case to the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), hoping that this United Nations Special Procedure for the protection of human rights will help shed light on his fate and whereabouts.

Saudi Arabia: UN Experts Request Immediate Release of 9 Human Rights Defenders Arbitrarily Detained

KSA - News | 05 February 2016

On 4 September 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted Opinion 38/2015 calling upon the Saudi authorities to immediately release nine prominent human rights defenders, including head of Monitor for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA) Waleed Abu Al Khair, members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) Abdul Karim Al-Khodr, Mohammad Al Qahtani and Abdullah Al Hamid and blogger Raif Badawi. According to the UN experts, all nine men were imprisoned solely for exercising their legitimate right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Iraq: Enforced Disappearance of Another Citizen from Dulaim since October 2014

IRQ - News | 05 February 2016

On 18 October 2014, 26-year-old worker Arshad Al Dulaimi was with his cousin crossing the checkpoint situated on Dulaim bridge, north of Baghdad, when they were arrested by the military forces and taken to Al Aqrab prison, in the nearby city of Hillah. The authorities have, however, always refused to provide any information on Al Dulaimi's whereabouts. Concerned over his fate, on 3 February 2016, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly sent a communication to the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), hoping that this treaty body − a committee of independent experts that monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties by its State parties − could help locate the victim.

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