In December 2010, the United Nations, deeply concerned by the increase of cases of Enforced Disappearances across the world, declared August 30th as the “International Day against Enforced and/or Involuntary Disappearances.” On this occasion, the Euro – Mediterranean Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED) reiterates its appeal to put an end to this particularly cruel human rights violation.
To the attention of His Excellency Mr. Ashraf Rifi, Minister of Justice in Lebanon
Paris – Geneva - Copenhagen, 19 February 2015 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the FIDH and the OMCT, along with the Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Euro-Med Federation against Enforced Disappearances (FEMED), condemn the raid on the premises of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (Association marocaine des droits humains – AMDH) and the assault against one of its members by the Moroccan security forces.
While welcoming the mission’s statement, Human Rights Solidarity restates its condemnation of the silence of the mission by not taking any action during the last eight months since the beginning of military operations in Benghazi. Operations which targeted civilian facilities and residential neighborhoods resulting in the displacement of more than twenty thousand (20’000) families and causing severe damage to infrastructure in a number of suburbs in the city.
The investigating judge within the Nîmes Tribunal (Tribunal de Grande instance) issued a final order on 26 December 2014 to send to trial two alleged Algerian torturers residing in France, Hocine Mohamed and Abdelkader Mohamed.
The war of the end of the last century has seen many crimes at a large and structured scale in Kosovo and had diverse and numerous consequences for Kosovars. The worst destructions were committed against the population, especially in 1998 and 1999, when crimes against humanity were committed. No difference was made towards the age and the sex of the victims. Serbian crimes affected the population of urban and rural areas and were directed and concentrated on the unprotected Kosovar-Albanian population. The state of Serbian was responsible for all those crimes.
Today, 23 December 2014 marks the 4th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (Convention) after the 20th instrument of ratification was deposited