What we do

Vision

Individuals across the MENA region live in just and peaceful societies, founded on the rule of law and the effective recognition and respect of the rights and freedoms of all.


Mission

We strive to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa region.

We work directly with victims, their families, lawyers, human rights defenders and other civil society actors. We support them to claim their human rights and to hold their governments accountable.

We advocate for human rights-based legal and policy reform.


Values

Our work is guided by legal ethics and the principles of non-discrimination, independence, neutrality and integrity.

Non-discrimination

We believe in the universality of human rights, which means that all human beings are equally entitled to the same rights. As such, MENA Rights Group defends all victims of human rights violations without discrimination of any kind.

Independence

We devise our strategy and plan of action based on a thorough and independent assessment of where our work can achieve the greatest value. We work on all individual cases of the most serious human rights violations without any external directive, be it political, ideological or financial. To safeguard our independence, we do not accept any direct or indirect funding from governments in the MENA region.

Neutrality

Our decision to provide legal assistance to an individual does not imply support for her/his beliefs or values, but is instead rooted in an understanding that everyone is entitled to the same fundamental rights and freedoms. We carry out our work in an impartial and non-partisan manner.

Integrity and legal ethics

As a legal advocacy NGO, we abide by the principles of legal ethics, professional responsibility and integrity in our assistance to individuals. We respect the rules of confidentiality and do not conduct any advocacy without informed consent. We engage with victims and their families with respect for their dignity and cultural sensitivity, and strive to provide the highest quality of legal counsel.


How we work

We adopt a holistic approach by acting at both the individual and structural level in order to achieve a greater impact.

We provide legal counselling to victims of human rights violations by using primarily international law mechanisms.

We assess the human rights situation on the ground and bring issues to the attention of relevant stakeholders to call for legal and policy reform.

Litigation

We provide legal assistance to individuals facing severe human rights violations. We concentrate primarily on violations of fundamental rights and freedoms such as the right to life, liberty and security, and freedom of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association.

At the international level, we represent individuals before the United Nations protection mechanisms, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies. We also engage with regional and domestic mechanisms.

Documentation, evaluation and reporting

We monitor the human rights situation on the ground, working in close cooperation with local actors. We document individual cases, identify patterns of violations and analyse their legal, structural and institutional causes.

We engage with UN human rights mechanisms to bring a civil society perspective in the assessment of states’ compliance with international legal standards. When relevant, we also engage with various international and regional institutions.

We contribute to the review of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) by evaluating their work, independence and efficiency, and reporting to the Subcommittee on Accreditation of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

Awareness raising and capacity building

To support our legal work, we advocate publicly on behalf of the victims we represent by bringing their cases to the attention of the general public.

We raise awareness on human rights issues among a wide and diverse audience by publishing public reports, engaging on social media, taking part in public debates and conferences and lobbying relevant stakeholders.

We enhance understanding of international human rights law and its mechanisms by making them more accessible to the general public and local civil societies. We also provide trainings and lectures for, among others, human rights defenders, practitioners and university students.