On 23 February 2015, Alkarama solicited the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions (SUMX) to ask the Egyptian authorities to launch investigations into the arbitrary executions of two men killed during military operations in North Sinai. 71-year-old, Eid Said Salama Al Hamadine and 50-year-old, Hilmi Sayed (whose name was anonymised) were killed respectively on 17 August 2014 and 5 January 2015 in Sheikh Zuweid, a Bedouin town in the North Sinai Governorate, near the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.
On 17 February 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) regarding the case of Mohamed Saïd Rizq, a 27-year-old Egyptian citizen repeatedly tortured by the security forces since his arrest on 27 August 2014. Held in deplorable detention conditions, Rizq is in a critical condition and still at high risk of torture.
On 1 February 2015, Tarek Rabaa was set free, after six years of detention in Lebanese jails. Summoned to the Ministry of Defence for investigation on 12 July 2010, the 45-year-old Lebanese engineer was subsequently arrested. An arrest warrant was issued a month later on charges of "collaborating and communicating with the enemy".
On 11 February 2015, Alkarama wrote to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health (SRH) and the Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), regarding the cases of three Egyptian citizens who died in detention in late 2014. Abubakar Ahmed Hanafi, aged 46, Zaki Abu Hanafi Majd, 54, and Mahmoud Abdelrazak Shafie Rouby, 27, all lost their lives due to the lack of appropriate medical treatment.
On 12 February 2015, Alkarama wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions (SUMX) asking these Special Procedures on human rights to urge the Egyptian authorities to duly investigate the arbitrary execution of 28-year-old mentally disabled, Ammar Youssef Zariea, and to put under the protection of the law his 61-year-old father, Youssef Zariea Salmi, disappeared since his arrest on 2 November 2013.
(Geneva, February 16, 2015) – The Syrian government should immediately free the prominent Syrian human rights defenders Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, 71 human rights groups said today, on the third anniversary of their arrest. The three men have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty on the basis of their human rights activities.