Earlier this year, members of Guernica 37 submitted an urgent petition of complaint on behalf of Shawkan to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges, UN Special Rapporteur on Summary and Extrajudicial Execution and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, highlighting his plight and seeking their urgent intervention.
On 27 October 2016 the UN Working Group issued its opinion, concluding that Shawkan had been arbitrarily detained for the past 3 years, that he must be released immediately, and further, that he ought to be awarded appropriate compensation for his unlawful detention.
The Opinion can be accessed here.
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