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Alkarama, based in Geneva has launched its annual report 2020. It addresses issues related to the human rights situation in the Arab region, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the continuing pace of repression, in a climate of impunity and armed conflicts.

An independent UN expert expressed her concerns about ill-treatment of three human rights defenders in the United Arab Emirates, which may amount to torture, and urged the authorities to release them.

On December 10, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, while the Arab region is still inhabited by the spectacle of repression, escalating human rights violations and campaigns to restrict freedom of opinion and expression continue to escalate, along with a climate of impunity and lack of justice and accountability.

Alkarama launched today its annual report on the situation of human rights in the Arab region for the year 2019. The report covers 20 countries and is available in three languages, Arabic, English and French.
Alkarama’s Legal Director Rachid Mesli said the report is “an account of Alkarama’s efforts over a year, in terms of the legal work on individual cases and complaints submitted to the special procedures, treaty bodies or in parallel shadow reports. It also highlights Alkarama’s concerns about the situation of human rights in country separately.”

The Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps published on 6-7 January 2018 an article penned by Sylvain Besson suggesting that the Alkarama Foundation is investigated by the Swiss intelligence services because of suspicious relations.

(Geneva, September 20, 2018) – On September 19, 2018, Assistant UN Secretary-General (ASG) Andrew Gilmour presented the annual report on reprisals against individuals who cooperate with the UN as part of an interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council (

“Over the course of 2017, the Arab region has once again been the scene of the most serious human rights violations. While there are still no credible peace processes underway in the countries with open armed conflicts such as Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, most other countries in the region are, to varying degrees, witnessing rising tensions with their neighbours. Coupled with foreign military intervention, this situation has wreaked havoc on the safeguard of the most fundamental human rights across the region.”

On March 8, 2018, the Alkarama Foundation marked International Women’s Day by celebrating the important work of women human rights defenders across the Arab world while also speaking up for the thousands of women across the region who have fallen victim to severe human rights violations in recent years.

On September 20, 2017, Andrew Gilmour, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, presented to the Human Rights Council the annual report of the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) on the subject of reprisals against persons who cooperated with the UN.

Alkarama is appalled by the decision of the Economic and Social Council not to grant us the consultative status, following a draft resolution introduced by the United Arab Emirates over “alleged ties to terrorism”. This is at odds with the positive recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations taken in May 2017, after a long vetting process.

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