UAE: Acquittal of Libyan Canadian Salim Alaradi and his co-accused after 642 days in detention

UAE - News | 30 May 2016

On 30 May 2016, the State Security Chamber of the Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates has acquitted Salim Alaradi and two co-accused after 642 days in detention. While the Security Chamber of the Supreme Court confirmed Alaradi's innocence, he was not allowed to leave the Court free, but was taken back to prison by the State Security forces.

Yemen: Pediatrician Released After 10 Months of Enforced Disappearance at the Hands of the Houthi-Saleh Coalition

YEM - News | 25 May 2016

After 10 months of enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment, Dr Abdelkader Al Guneid, a pediatrician and professor at Taiz University, was finally released the by Houthi-Saleh Coalition on 21 May 2016.

Syria: Secret Detention of University Student Walid Issa by 'Islamic State' since March 2015

SYR - News | 25 May 2016

On 25 March 2015, Walid Issa, a 27-year-old student from Al-Yaarubiyah in the al-Hasakah Governorate, was travelling home from Turkey when, passing in the city of Al Raqqah, he was stopped at Point 11, an area hosting the headquarters of the 'Islamic State' (IS) security offices near the soccer stadium known as "the black stadium." The officers, wearing black uniforms and identifying themselves as IS members, immediately arrested him.

Palestine: Reporter Mohammad Al-Qeeq Released after Six Months in Administrative Detention

PAL/ISR - News | 25 May 2016

On 19 May 2016, 34-year-old Palestinian journalist at Al Majd TV Mohammad Al-Qeeq was released after six months spent in administrative detention. Concerned over the fact that Al-Qeeq was detained on the sole basis of his work as a reporter, Alkarama seized on 15 January 2016 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression (SR FRDX), David Kaye, asking him to urgently intervene with the Israeli authorities to request his immediate release.

Interpol Withdraws International Arrest Warrant by Algeria Against Lawyer Rachid Mesli

Press Releases | 24 May 2016

On 13 May 2016, the Commission for the Control of Interpol's files decided, after a long legal battle, to drop the international arrest warrant issued in 2003 by the Algerian authorities against lawyer Rachid Mesli, Director of Alkarama's Legal Department.

Israel Violates the Convention Against Torture in Palestine, Says UN Human Rights Monitoring Body

PAL/ISR - News | 23 May 2016

On 13 May 2016, the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) published its Concluding Observations following the submission by Israel of its fifth periodic report and the review sessions held on 3 and 4 May 2016. During the review, the Committee members raised a number of issues including the arbitrary detention of Palestinians under the administrative detention regime, including minors, the practice of torture and the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes.

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