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.
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.
On 23 September 2014, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture regarding the case of Ahmed Rashad, a 15 year-old teenager arrested on 16 May 2014 for taking part in a peaceful demonstration in the town of Zagazig, in lower Egypt.
On 8 and 9 October 2014, Alkarama delivered its key recommendations to the UN Member States' Permanent Missions for the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Egypt, which will be held on 5 November 2014. Emphasis was placed on the country's current major issues, already highlighted in the Alkarama's last report, in particular issues concerning the practice of torture and ill-treatment; arbitrary detention and violence against women and children in detention; enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions.
UN Committee against Torture Calls Torture in Lebanon a “Pervasive Practice” and Paves the Way Forward
Geneva/Beirut, 10 October 2014
Alkarama welcomes the publication by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) of its conclusions and recommendations concerning the inquiry on the practice of torture in Lebanon, following the communication submitted by Alkarama in 2008 establishing the systematic use of this practice in the country. Concluding that "torture in Lebanon is a pervasive practice that is routinely used" for the "purpose of investigation" and "securing confessions to be used in criminal proceedings", the Committee formulated 34 recommendations paving the way for the authorities to eradicate the practice of torture.
Algeria: Condemned by UN Human Rights Committee After Summary Executions of FEDSI Brothers by the Head of Taher’s Daïra (Jijel)
During its 111th session, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has established the Algerian authorities' responsibility in the murder of the FEDSI brothers on 19 April 1997 in the village of Tellata near Taher in the province of Jijel. The principal perpatrator of their summary execution is none other than the head of the Daira (district) of Taher, Fourar Meheni, accompanied by the head of the local police (Dark al Watani) and the Police Commissioner of Taher.