Israel: 15-year-old Palestinian Sentenced to Six And a Half Years Imprisonment for an Allegedly Stabbing Attempt
On 17 July 2016, the Israeli Central Criminal Court issued a verdict sentencing Muawiya Alqam, a 15-year-old from Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, to six and a half years imprisonment and to pay a fine of 26,000 shekels (about 6,750$). Muawiya was violently arrested in 2015 and deprived of his basic fair trial rights, a discriminatory treatment applied to Palestinians only. He is currently amongst the hundreds of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons. "Such sentences are oppressive against our children. We should not remain silent. Our children have a right to live freely and to have dignity like other children in the world", said Muawiya's father.
On 11 and 19 July 2016, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of four Syrian citizens from the village of Kafr al-Tun who disappeared in the Governorate of Hama in western central Syria between 2012 and 2013, their families remaining without information on their fates and whereabouts to date. They were all arrested during raids and waves of arrest conducted by the Air Force Intelligence, after which they were brought to unknown places of detention. Their families did not take any action after their disappearance, fearing reprisals or to be arrested themselves, as it is often the case.
Kuwait: Human Rights Committee Issues its Concluding Observations on the Situation of Civil and Political Rights in the Country
After reviewing Kuwait's third periodic report on 21 and 22 June 2016, on 15 July 2016, the Human Rights Committee (HRCtee)published its Concluding Observations on the human rights situation in the country and the State party's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR). The Committee's recommendations thoroughly reflect Alkarama's points of concern which it shared with the Committee's experts at the NGO briefing and which it highlighted in its shadow report presented to the Committee before the review.
On 11 July 2016, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of five Syrian citizens from the village of Kafr al-Tun who disappeared in the Governorate of Hama in western central Syria between 2012 and 2014. They were all arrested during raids and waves of arrest conducted by the Military Intelligence Directorate – or "Military Security" – or as they were passing checkpoints, after which they were brought to unknown places of detention. Their families did not take any action after their disappearance, fearing reprisals or to be arrested themselves.
Jordan: Professor Amjad Qourshah Arbitrarily Detained for Comments on Jordan's Participation to the International Coalition Against the IS
On 13 June 2016, Amjad Qourshah, 48-year old assistant professor in comparative religions at the University of Jordan and famous presenter in TV and radio shows, was arrested for "disturbing relations with a foreign country" for having posted a video online about two years ago criticising the participation of Jordan to the international coalition led by the USA against the Islamic State (IS). Concerned over the fact that Qourshah's detention is motivated solely by an act of free speech, on 15 July 2016, Alkarama sent his case to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (FREEDEX) demanding him to call upon the Jordanian authorities to immediately release him.
Iraq: Professor of Engineering Salih Al Dulaimi Sentenced to Death on the Basis of Confessions Under Torture
On 12 May 2016, Salih Al Dulaimi, professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, University of Anbar, was sentenced to death on the basis of Iraq Antiterrorism Law by the Iraqi Central Criminal Court, the judge relying on statements Al Dulaimi made under heavy torture and alleged information provided by the US intelligence. As Al Dulaimi is clearly a victim of arbitrary detention, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly sent his case to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), demanding the five UN experts to call upon the Iraqi authorities to immediately release him.