Advocacy

Continued repression of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights staff

November 30, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins NGOs in urging foreign embassies and the European Union Delegation to Egypt to call on the authorities to end reprisals against human rights defenders, including staff of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Joint NGO letter to Saudi embassies regarding the disappearance of Mohammed al-Qahtani

November 23, 2022

The undersigned civil society organisations are writing to you to express their grave concern for the wellbeing of detained human rights defender Dr. Mohammed al-Qahtani, who has been subjected to enforced disappearance since 24 October 2022. We urge you to convey to your government the calls to disclose his whereabouts and to release him immediately and unconditionally.

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Risk of refoulement of asylum seeker in cooperation with Algerian authorities would mark a dangerous turning point for human rights for Tunisia

November 16, 2022

The undersigned organizations express their deep concern at the risk of refoulement of an Algerian asylum seeker - Zakaria Hannache - present in Tunisia since August 2022. Tunisian authorities must under no circumstances repeat the dangerous precedent set by the kidnapping and refoulement of Algerian refugee Slimane Bouhafs on 25 August, 2021, about which no investigation has been opened to date in Tunisia.

Rights organisations call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge Saudi Arabia to implement a moratorium on executions

November 11, 2022

In a joint letter addressed to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, a coalition of seven rights organisations raised their concerns over the prevalence of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and its use against child defendants, pro-democracy protestors and non-lethal offences. The coalition further requested that the UN High Commissioner engage with the Saudi authorities on their use of the death penalty and urge them to implement a moratorium on its use.

Human rights organizations tell Libyan House of Representatives to immediately repeal anti-cybercrime law

November 10, 2022

The undersigned civil society organizations demand that the Libyan House of Representatives repeal the Anti-Cybercrime Law n°5/2022 issued on September 27th, 2022. We call for the law not to be applied, as it directly undermines human rights and fundamental rights, namely freedom of expression and opinion, and the rights to peaceful assembly, privacy, and personal data protection. The law also regularizes the Executive’s comprehensive, warrantless surveillance over the digital spaces and allows them to censor websites and content.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s life at serious risk: demand Egypt to immediately release him now!

November 03, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of NGOs calling on Egyptian authorities to immediately release human rights defenders Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed el-Baqer and Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahim Radwan and all those arrested and detained solely for exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms.

Fears grow for Saudi detainees awaiting trial or sentencing, following wave of 30-year-plus prison terms

October 28, 2022

In light of the unprecedented jail sentences recently issued against peaceful activists and others in Saudi Arabia merely for exercising their freedom of expression, concerns are growing for those who remain in arbitrary detention without charge or are facing prolonged trials or retrial. The undersigned NGOs call on the international community to intensify efforts to press the Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those who are unjustly and arbitrarily detained in the kingdom for peacefully exercising their fundamental freedoms.

Egypt’s misuse of counter-terrorism measures casts shadow over COP27

October 26, 2022

Ahead of COP27, MENA Rights Group and other members of the Coalition on Human Rights and Counter-terrorism denounce Egypt’s use of counterterrorism accusations against civil society.

The African Commission launches the first regional instrument to fight enforced disappearances in Africa

October 25, 2022

25 October 2022, Banjul, The Gambia — REDRESS, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, MENA Rights Group, Lawyers for Justice in Libya, and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies welcome the launch today of new regional guidelines aimed at supporting African States eradicate the practice of enforced disappearances on the continent.

MENA Rights Group joins 18 organisations urging US president Joe Biden to secure human rights progress before meeting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

October 24, 2022

In a joint letter, 19 organisations called on US president Joe Biden to secure progress on human rights issues before meeting with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27). The coalition called on Biden to insist on the release of Egyptian political prisoners, the lifting of unlawful blocks on news sites, and the respect and protection of prisoners’ right to be free from torture and other ill-treatment as pre-requisites, among others, for any bilateral meeting with al-Sisi.

The Geneva Declaration on Targeted Surveillance and Human Rights: a call for a collective commitment to Human Rights in the digital age

October 21, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins Access Now, the government of Catalonia and 36 other organisations in endorsing the Geneva Declaration on Targeted Surveillance and Human Rights. The declaration condemns the increasing use of surveillance technologies to target and harass those excercising their lawful rights, and calls on governments to implement a moratorium on the export, sale, transfer, servicing and use of targeted digital surveillance technologies, until rigorous human rights safeguards are put in place.

Global Coalition Calls for Release of Mohamed el-Baqer and Alaa Abdel Fattah on Three Year Anniversary of their Arrests

September 29, 2022

Three years after the arrest of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and Egyptian activist and writer Alaa Abdel Fattah, MENA Rights Group joins a global coalition of more than 40 organisations calling for their immediate release.