UAE: Amendments to Penal Code Put Fundamental Rights and Freedoms at Risk

UAE - News | 14 November 2016

On 18 September 2016, the Emirati President issued Decree Law No. 7 of 2016 amending the UAE Penal Code (PC). The decree, which amends 132 existing articles and adds 34 new articles to the PC, endangers basic rights including the right to life and the right to freedom of opinion and expression as well as the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Iraq: US Occupation Forces Involved in Two Cases of Enforced Disappearance

IRQ - News | 14 November 2016

In November 2016, Alkarama and Al Wissam Humanitarian Assembly wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearance (WGEID) regarding the cases of Mazen Al Izzi and Ali Al Dahi who both disappeared after their arrest by the US and Iraqi forces, hoping the UN experts' intervention will help shed light on their fate and whereabouts.

Syria: Political Activist Faeq Al Mir Disappeared for Three Years

SYR - News | 10 November 2016

On 7 October 2013, Syrian political activist Asaad Al Mir– also known as Faeq Al Mir – was arrested in Damascus and has since been disappeared. His family is very concerned as he needs regular medical care due to health issues he suffers because of previous mistreatment in detention. Hoping that the United Nations’ intervention with the Syrian authorities will help shed light on his fate and whereabouts, on 9 November 2016, Alkarama submitted his case to the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID).

Syria: UN Member States Propose 231 Recommendations During Universal Periodic Review

SYR - News | 08 November 2016

On 4 November 2016, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) adopted a draft report containing the recommendations made by United Nations Member States to Syria during the State's review, which took place on 31 October 2016. During the review, States expressed their concern over Syria's human rights situation, especially regarding the gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law, the widespread practice of torture, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances, attacks against civilians and hospitals, the lack of cooperation with the UN, particularly with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry. All these issues were previously raised by Alkarama in its March 2016 report submitted to the Human Rights Council (HRC) ahead of Syria's review.

Egypt: The Enforced Disappearance of a Man on His Way Home

EGY - News | 07 November 2016

On 3 November 2016, Alkarama alerted the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) of the case of Qadry Samy Zaky Abd Elrahman Muafy, a 49-year-old Egyptian citizen from Kafr Saad, Damietta Governorate who was abducted by members of the Police in Mit Ghamr, Dakahlia Governorate on 29 October 2016.

Jordan: Student Adam Al Natour Detained Arbitrarily According to United Nations Experts

JOR - News | 03 November 2016

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has recently released its Opinion on the case of Adam Al Natour, a 21-year-old Polish and Jordanian student who was sentenced to four years of imprisonment by the State Security Court after a flawed trial during which confessions he was forced to sign under torture were used against him. In the decision, the UN experts qualified his detention as "arbitrary" and requested the Jordanian authorities to immediately release him and to open an investigation into his allegations of torture.
On 12 August 2015, Adam Al Natour was helping his father in his garage in Al Bayader, Amman, when 15 members of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) – the country's intelligence agency – arrested him. He was then took to the GID premises where he was detained incommunicado for three weeks. When he was finally allowed to meet with his father, he reported having been beaten and subjected to electric shocks.

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