Alkarama Award Becomes a More Proactive Action in Support of 'Human Rights Defenders of the Year'

Press Releases | 05 October 2016

As of this year, the Alkarama Foundation forgoes its annual Alkarama Award ceremony for Human Rights Defenders in the Arab World to take more concrete action in their support, in the hope to achieve greater impact in the protection and promotion of human rights in the Arab World, and taking into consideration the hurdles specific to the region. This new format will include an international advocacy campaign, as well as direct legal, moral and financial support.

Iraq: A Man Sentenced to Death While Disappeared on the Basis of Confessions Under Torture

IRQ - News | 05 October 2016

On 21 September 2016, the mother of Mohamad Al Jabouri, a 36-year-old construction worker, was able to visit him in Tasferat prison, Baghdad; after more than one year of his disappearance. He told her that during his secret detention, he was heavily tortured by Iraqi security officers and forced to sign a "confession" he was not allowed to read beforehand. This document was the sole source of evidence in his trial before the Central Criminal Court that sentenced him to death on 17 March for alleged "terrorist crimes". Concerned over his fate, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly sent his case to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT), Juan Méndez, asking him to call upon the Iraqi authorities to annul his sentence.

Algeria: A Peaceful Protest of Families of the Disappeared Algeria Violently Repressed

DZA - News | 05 October 2016

On 29 September 2016, 20 human rights defenders* and relatives of disappeared people were violently arrested by the police as they were peacefully demonstrating outside the National Assembly headquarters in Algiers. Alkarama sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) to call upon the State to respect its international obligations by ceasing to violate the rights of the families of the disappeared to peacefully demand justice and truth about the fate of their relatives.

Iraq: Alkarama Reports Three Cases of Disappearances by the Army to the UN

IRQ - News | 04 October 2016

Between July and September 2014, Mohammad Al Janabi, Imad Al Janabi and Hisham Al Masari were in their respective houses in Latifiya and Mahmoudiyah when officers of the 17th Division of the Iraqi army, a key force in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), broke in and arrested them. The day of their arrest was the last time their relatives could see them, as they remain disappeared up until today. Concerned about their fate, on 30 September 2016, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly submitted their cases to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) hoping that the UN experts’ intervention will help locate them.

Tunisia: Numerous Human Rights Violations to Address during next Universal Periodic Review

TUN - News | 03 October 2016

On 22 September 2016, Alkarama submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) its report on the situation of human rights in Tunisia in view of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) planned for May 2017. Alkarama's report includes 16 recommendations to address to Tunisia at its next UPR in order to improve the respect for human rights in the country.

Morocco: Submission of Alkarama's Shadow Report to the Human Rights Committee

MOR - News | 03 October 2016

On 23 September 2016, Alkarama submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRCtee) its report on the implementation of Morocco's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in view of Morocco's upcoming review on 24 October. Highlighting the discrepancy between the State's report and the reality on the ground, Alkarama suggests 23 recommendations to improve the human rights situation in the country. Alkarama will also present its main concerns to the HRCtee experts as part of a meeting which will be held before Morocco's review.

support us
follow_fb follow_tw follow_yt

algeria report cover page FR