Saudi Arabia: Specialised Criminal Court Sentences Man to Death after Severely Flawed Trial

KSA - News | 25 November 2016

On 28 July 2016, the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) of Riyadh sentenced Abdelkarim Al Hawaj to death after a flawed trial in which, confessions made under torture were admitted as sole evidence. On 24 November 2016, Alkarama raised his case with the Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions (SUMEX), calling for her intervention with the Saudi authorities to demand the repeal of Abdelkarim’s death sentence.

Lebanon: Two Syrian Asylum Seekers Tortured by the Military to Confess "Joining a Terrorist Organisation"

LBN - News | 23 November 2016

On 6 December 2016, Muawiya Harba and Sultan Harba, two Syrians from the same family living in refugee camps in the border city of Arsal, east Lebanon, will have their next trial session before the Military Court in Beirut. They are facing terrorism charges based solely on information extracted under torture during their secret detention at the premises of the Ministry of Defence in Yarzeh, Baabda.

Egypt: Parliament’s New Associations Law Further Jeopardizes Human Rights and Work of NGOs

EGY - News | 23 November 2016

On 15 November 2016, the Egyptian Parliament proposed a flawed new draft NGO Law that replaces both the previous 2002 Law on Associations and the draft NGO Law that was presented by the government earlier this year. The latter, which was proposed by Egypt’s cabinet in September 2016 and presented to the Parliament for review, sparked wide criticism in Egypt; Alkarama had consequently sent a communication to the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (SR FPAA) to solicit his urgent intervention on the matter.

Syria: Two Men From the Same Family Disappeared Following Abduction by the Air Force Intelligence

SYR - News | 22 November 2016

On 18 November 2016, Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians wrote to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the cases of two Syrian citizens from the village of Kafr al-Tun, who disappeared in the Governorate of Hama in western central Syria in 2012. They were both arrested during raids conducted by the Air Force Intelligence, after which they were brought to unknown places of detention. Their families remain without information on their fates and whereabouts and did not take any action after their disappearance, fearing reprisals or to be arrested themselves.

Saudi Arabia: Two Human Rights Defenders Prosecuted Before the Specialised Criminal Court

KSA - News | 21 November 2016

On 17 November 2016, Alkarama wrote to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (SR HRD) regarding the case of two Saudi activists, Mohamed Al Otaibi and Abdullah Al Atawi, who are currently put on trial before the Specialised Criminal Court (SCC) due to their peaceful human rights activism. The next trial hearing is set for 26 December 2016.

Saudi Arabia: One year on- UN group renews call for Saudi Arabia to release human rights activists

KSA - News | 17 November 2016

GENEVA (17 November 2016) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has renewed its call for Saudi Arabia to release nine human rights activists who were jailed after participating in activities relating to the promotion and protection of human rights.

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