Advocacy

Joint statement condemning the inclusion of four Emirati activists and members of the UAE 94 on the UAE terrorism list

September 17, 2021

In a joint statement with nine other organisations, MENA Rights Group condemns the inclusion of four Emirati activists and members of the UAE 94 on the UAE terrorism list. In their statement, the undersigned organisations call on the UAE to immediately and unconditionally remove the activists' names from the terrorism list and to immediately and unconditionally release all of those who have been unjustly and arbitrarily detained as part of the UAE 94 trial.

Joint letter to the Human Rights Council calling for an international investigative mission into the Beirut blast

September 15, 2021

In a joint letter, MENA Rights and 38 human rights groups, survivors of the Beirut Blast, families of victims and individuals sent an urgent appeal to the UN Human Rights Council urging the council to establish an investigative body into the explosion, as Lebanon leaders continue to obstruct domestic inquiry.

Biden decision to grant military aid to Egypt a betrayal of human rights commitments

September 14, 2021

In a joint statement, MENA Rights and 18 human rights groups condemned Biden's decision to grant military aid to Egypt, despite the U.S. administration's vow to put human rights at the centre of its foreign policy.

Withdraw from UAE Dubai Expo and Condemn UAE’s War in Yemen: Letter to Governments and Business Executives

September 10, 2021

September 2, 2021

Heads of State and Senior Government Officials:

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne, Australia Ambassador to UAE Heidi Venamore

Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmés, Ambassador to UAE Peter Claes

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto França, Ambassador to UAE Fernando Igreja

Withdraw from UAE Dubai Expo and Condemn UAE’s Violation of Women’s Rights: Letter to Governments and Business Executives

September 10, 2021

September 2, 2021

Heads of State and Senior Government Officials:

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne, Australia Ambassador to UAE Heidi Venamore

Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmés, Ambassador to UAE Peter Claes

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto França, Ambassador to UAE Fernando Igreja

Six Syrian nationals face imminent deportation from Lebanon to Syria

September 7, 2021

Six Syrian nationals are currently at risk of being deported from Lebanon to Syria where they could face torture. If implemented, their deportation would constitute a serious breach of Lebanon’s obligation of non-refoulement.

Joint Call for Action to Address Enforced Disappearances and Impunity Across MENA

August 30, 2021

Today, on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we the 33 undersigned local, regional, and international organizations, associations, and networks come together to highlight the dramatic and persistent nature of enforced disappearances in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the accompanying impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of these crimes throughout the region.

Crisis of Inaction on Enforced Disappearances in Africa

August 30, 2021

Research by NGO coalition shows that underreporting and political disregard are undermining victims’ fight for justice

Sudan: Transfer of ICC Suspects to the Hague

August 26, 2021

More than 60 civil society organisations, individuals and Sudanese actors call on the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan to transfer without delay former president Omar al-Bashir, Ahmed Haroun, and Abdel Raheem Muhammed Hussein to the International Criminal Court.

Joint letter calls on U.S. Congress to ensure Egypt halts imminent execution of 12 Raba’a sit-in defendants and ends all unjust death sentences

August 5, 2021

On August 4, 2021, several organisations called on members of the U.S. Congress and the Biden administration to use their leverage to ensure that the Egyptian president immediately halts the imminent execution of 12 men sentenced to death in a mass trial in relation to the Raba’a sit-in case and promptly ends the use of all unjust death sentences.

Pegasus Project: End export of surveillance technology to MENA autocratic governments

July 26, 2021

Following the revelations on the Pegasus project, which has been used to target human rights defenders, journalists and bloggers, and to facilitate human rights violations, a group of 30 NGOs call for an immediate end to the use, sale and transfer of surveillance technology to the governments of the Middle East and North Africa countries that systematically violate international human rights law.

Call on U.S. policy makers to halt Egypt’s efforts to silence human rights defenders at home and abroad

July 23, 2021

Several organisations urge the U.S. government to take action against Egypt’s attempts to repress rights and freedoms in Egypt and stigmatise the work of Egyptian human rights defenders both nationally and abroad. They call on the U.S. administration to condemn Egypt’s efforts to silence Egyptian-American human rights advocate and former political prisoner Mohamed Soltan.