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On October 13, 2017, Alkarama and Urnammu for Justice and Human Rights Foundation sent an urgent appeal to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) regarding the case of Salma Abdul Razzaq, a 27-year-old Palestinian student who has been missing since her arrest near Yarmouk refugee camp on December 30, 2012.

On September 15, 2017, Alkarama submitted two cases of disappearances in Syria to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID). Both Jamil Samin and Lama Basha were forcibly disappeared by pro-government forces between 2013 and 2014.

Syrian-American businessman Jamil Samin disappeared since 2013

On September 6, 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry released its latest report addressing the major trends and patterns of international human rights and humanitarian law violations committed between March and July 2017.

Our concerns
  • Systematic and widespread practice of the crime of enforced disappearance;
  • Practice of torture and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders and political activists under the pretext of ‘the fight against terrorism’;
  • Devastating effects of the conflict, in particular on the civilian population;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity
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