Alkarama welcomes the public call for the immediate release of Said Jadad, after several urgent appeals sent to the United Nations Special Procedures.
The public call for release is published below in its original version.
Oman: UN experts call for the immediate release of prominent rights activist, as reprisals continue unchecked
GENEVA (30 January 2015) – A group of United Nations independent experts has urged the Government of Oman to release Said Ali Said Jadad, a prominent human rights defender who has been advocating for democratic reforms in the country and has been repeatedly detained. Mr. Jadad's latest detention took place on 21 January, without an arrest warrant.
Oman: UN Experts Recognise Arbitrary Nature of MP Talib Al Ma'amari's Detention and Call for Immediate Release
A year after the two communications – on the arbitrary nature of Omani Parliamentary, Al Ma'amari's arrest and detention – sent by Alkarama in 2013 to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), both issued their decision stating that Al Ma'amari's detention was arbitrary and his right to freedom of expression violated. They consequently urged the Omani authorities to release him immediately.
Egypt: Young Egyptian Charity Worker Severely Tortured in Azouli Military Prison Reappears after Middle East Eye Story
On 27 January 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) regarding the case of Abdelrahman Mahmoud Omar Kamal, a 23-year-old civil engineer and charity worker arrested by the Homeland Security on 22 September 2014 and secretly detained and tortured for 119 days. He is still detained and at high risk of ill-treatment, while his family was only allowed to see him once.
Alkarama welcomes the release of Abdullah Abdulhallem Abdulhallem Zalat on 26 January 2015, for whom it had sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) asking for his release. Abdullah Zalat, a 31-year-old civil engineer had been abducted by the Egyptian Homeland Security forces after several members of the security forces had raided his house in the city of Tanta, 100km north of Cairo.
Jordan: Two Activists Arrested for Involvement in Peaceful Demonstration against Charlie Hebdo’s Cartoons less than Five Days after King Abdullah’s Participation to Paris Rally for Freedom of Speech
On 22 January 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association regarding the arrest and incommunicado detention of Bassem Al Rawabedah and Thabet Assaf. The two men were arrested by the Jordanian Preventive Security Services for having organised a peaceful demonstration against the French journal Charlie Hebdo's cartoons on 16 January 2015.
On 22 January 2015, Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the case of Abdullah Abdulhallem Abdulhallem Zalat, a 31-year-old civil engineer abducted by the Egyptian Homeland Security forces on 16 January 2015 and has been missing since. Alkarama believes that he is at high risk of being subjected to ill-treatment whilst being secretly detained by the intelligence services.