On April 26-27, 2022, the UN Committee against Torture examined Iraq’s second periodic report, in which State authorities explain the steps taken to implement the UN Convention against Torture. Following an interactive dialogue with country representatives, the Committee adopted Concluding Observations, in which the Committee deplores the lack of progress made since the country was last reviewed in 2015. In a joint letter, we and five other human rights NGOs call on the Iraqi authorities to quickly develop and implement a national plan to combat torture in light of the recommendations contained in the Committee's latest Concluding Observations.
Joint press release on the adoption of first African instrument to end enforced disappearances in Africa
REDRESS together with partner organizations Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), MENA Rights Group, Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) welcome the adoption of the first African instrument aimed to eradicate and prevent enforced disappearances, and to improve the situation of victims.
MENA Rights Group and the undersigned organisations are gravely concerned about the sentencing to life imprisonment of Qatari lawyers Hazza bin Ali Abu Shurayda al-Marri and Rashed bin Ali Abu Shurayda al-Marri by the Second Circuit Criminal Court of Qatar on 10 May 2022.
#NotACrime: Online campaign calls on Algerian authorities to stop their assault on civic space and fundamental freedoms
#NotACrime is an online campaign aiming to draw attention to the ways in which Algerian authorities have increasingly attempted to stifle dissenting voices and independent civil society. Launched by 38 Algerian, regional and international organisations, the campaign will be conducted between 19-28 May on the organisations’ respective social media accounts.
Joint letter calling on the Lebanese authorities for an independent, impartial, and transparent investigation into the causes of the recent shipwreck off the coast of Tripoli
A coalition of eight human rights organisations is calling on the Lebanese authorities to conduct an independent, impartial and transparent investigation into the causes of the recent shipwreck off Tripoli on April 23, 2022.
Joint statement: Rights groups call for the release of Waleed Abu al-Khair on the eighth anniversary of his arrest
Today, April 15, marks the eighth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi human rights defender Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges related to his legitimate human rights activities. Right Livelihood, ALQST for Human Rights, MENA Rights Group, and Democracy for the Arab World Now urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release him and all human rights defenders detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of peaceful assembly.
Algeria: Spain forsakes international obligations in appalling refoulement of Algerian whistleblower
A coalition of NGOs strongly condemns the deportation by Spain of Algerian activist Mohamed Benhalima, in the evening of 24 March 2022, despite the risks of torture and serious human rights violations he faces in Algeria, and therefore in blatant violation of Spain's international obligations on non-refoulement. The authorities had been made aware, through civil society and legal appeals, that Mr Benhalima faces a high risk of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial in Algeria, where such violations are increasingly common against prisoners of opinion and peaceful activists.
Rights groups condemn F1’s “double standard” for racing in Bahrain amidst “continued institutionalized repression”
In a joint letter to the CEO of the Formula One Group, Stefano Domenicali, 27 human rights organisations called on Formula One to publicly acknowledge the human rights violations taking place in Bahrain and refrain from contributing to the sportswashing of such abuses. The coalition of organisations further called on Formula One to review their official policy on racing in Bahrain, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, given their roles in the military campaign in Yemen.
A coalition of 21 human rights organisations calls on Egypt to immediately and unconditionally release all those arbitrarily detained for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and for defending human rights.
On International Women’s Day, MENA Rights Group joined NGOs in calling on the release of Amina al-Abdouli and Maryam al-Balushi, who have been detained arbitrarily in the UAE since 2015.
Joint letter to the President of Iraq regarding the ongoing enforced disappearance of Abdel-Messih Sarkis
Two years after the abduction of Abdel-Messih Sarkis, MENA Rights Group and End Impunity in Iraq call on Iraqi President Barham Salih to take action to secure his release.
On the third anniversary of Algeria’s pro-democracy protest movement, Hirak, the undersigned organisations express their strong concern at the dangerous intensification of Algerian authorities’ repressive tactics to silence peaceful dissent and stifle civil society. The arrests of human rights defenders Zaki Hannache and Faleh Hammoudi respectively on 18 and 19 February – the latter condemned to three years imprisonment on 20 February in the first instance – are the latest examples of these repressive tactics