Ahmed Al Shami (R) with former president of Lebanon Michel Suleiman


Sheikh Safar Al Hawali


(Geneva, July 13, 2018) – Alkarama has requested the urgent intervention of several UN Special Procedures following the Saudi authorities’ arrest of 68-year-old Islamic scholar Sheikh Safar Al Hawali, his brother and four sons as part of an ongoing crackdown on freedom of opinion and expression in the country.

(Geneva, July 13, 2018) – On June 21, 2018, Alkarama submitted its shadow report to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in the context of the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Yemen, scheduled for January 2019.

(Geneva – July 10, 2018) – On July 4, 2018, the Alkarama Foundation participated in a side event organised by the International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) during the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

(Geneva, July 6, 2018) – On June 29, 2018, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) formally adopted the UAE’s outcome report in the framework of its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which was held on

(Geneva, July 5, 2018) – In the context of the periodic review of Mauritania by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which is set to take place on July 24 and 25, 2018, Alkarama submitted its shadow report on June 25, 2018.

(Geneva, July 6, 2018) – On June 29, 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) met to adopt the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome of Israel following the state’s review on January 23, 2018.

(Geneva, July 5, 2018) – Alkarama and Human Rights Guardians have submitted five cases of enforced disappearances in Syria to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), requesting that the UN experts promptly intervene with the Syrian authorities to ensure the individuals’ immediate release.

(Geneva, July 3, 2018) – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a communication sent to the Saudi authorities on December 22, 2017, expressing their “very serious concern about […] a pattern of widespread and systematic arbitrary arrests and detention of persons, including human rights defenders, for peacefully exercising their human rights to freedom of expression, belief, ass

(Geneva, June 28, 2018) – In the context of the fourth periodic review of Algeria by the Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) to be held on July 4-5, 2018, Alkarama submitted its alternative report on June 4, 2018.