On 22 October 2014, Alkarama sent a communication to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the abduction of three Egyptian students. Mohamed Hammad Ali Omar (20 years old), Mohammed Khader Ali Mohamed (21) and Mohamed Abdulsalam Ali Mohamed Abdulhamid (21) disappeared since their arrest by Egyptian security forces on 14 August 2013 during the Raba'a al Adawiya and al-Nahda squares massacres in Cairo. Their families are still looking for answers.
On 16 October 2014, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly sent a communication to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) to bring its attention to the case of Mohamad and Nouhad al Mashhadani, two brothers who disappeared since their arrest by members of the security forces in 2005.
On 17 October 2014, Alkarama sent a communication to the Special Rapporteur on Torture regarding the case of Karim Rhimi, a 22 year old student arrested on 19 September 2014 and severely tortured by the anti-terrorist squad.
On 20 October 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) reviewed Israel's fourth periodic report at its 122th session held in Palais Wilson, Geneva. The review, which aims at assessing a State's implementation of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) takes the form of a day-long interactive dialogue between the State's authorities and the UN independent experts. Although the HRC will issue its Concluding Observations on 31 October, including recommendations to be implemented by Israel, it already clearly emerged from the review that Israel was not fully complying with the ICCPR, as expressed by the Committee's Chair, Sir Nigel Rodley, before declaring the session closed: "the Covenant is not a matter of auto-interpretation by every State."
During its 111th session in July 2014, the Human Rights Committee issued an opinion on the case of Abdelhamid Al Daquel, considering that his enforced disappearance in June 1996 was due to a series of violations by Libya of its international obligations. On 5 May 2009, Alkarama had submitted a communication to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) regarding the disappearance of Abdelhamid Al Daquel, whose family had not heard from him since his arrest on 26 January 1989, despite all the steps taken by his father towards the authorities, which were left unanswered.
The United Nations Committee against Torture’s report confirms shared concerns amongst Lebanese civil society organisations on the occurrences of torture and ill-treatment in Lebanese detention facilities
Beirut, 20 October 2014
On 7 October 2014, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) publicized the summary of the inquiry on the practice of torture in Lebanon conducted between May 2012 and November 2013. Describing torture in Lebanon as a "pervasive practice that is routinely used by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies," the report shows the systematic occurrence of such practices in Lebanon in accordance with Article 20 of the Convention against Torture. The report has set off alarm bells on the human rights situation and the conditions of detention in Lebanon in particular the safeguards of protection of people deprived of their liberty. Ad hoc and stand-alone interventions taken by the Lebanese authorities have proven to be inefficient and unsuccessful in prohibiting and preventing the practice of torture in the country.