Advocacy

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

May 13, 2022

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

April 15, 2022

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

March 30, 2022

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”

March 17, 2022

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.

Egypt: End arbitrary detention, free them all

March 10, 2022

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.

UAE: Call for the release of Amina al-Abdouli and Maryam al-Balushi on International Women’s Day

March 08, 2022

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

March 01, 2022

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.

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Algeria: Escalating repression threatens the survival of independent civil society

February 22, 2022

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

Civil society organisations call on the European Union to withdraw its joint candidacy with Egypt to chair the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum

February 10, 2022

A coalition of 16 human rights organisations urge the European Union to reconsider and withdraw its joint candidacy with Egypt to pursue chairing the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

Biden administration’s decision to reprogram military aid to Egypt is necessary but insufficient

February 02, 2022

19 human rights organisations call on the Biden administration to stop economic aids and arms sales to Egypt, as long as the government continues to perpetrate egregious human rights violations.

NGOs urge RoyalJet to clarify involvement in wrongful extradition of dissident Ahmed Jaafar Mohamed Ali to Bahrain

January 31, 2022

On January 24, 2022, Serbian authorities extradited Bahraini dissident Ahmed Jaafar Mohamed Ali back to Bahrain, where he faces torture. The extradition, which was in violation of the European Court of Human Rights’ request for interim measures, was carried out by UAE-based charter operator, RoyalJet. On January 31, 2022, over 10 human rights NGOs wrote to the CEO of RoyalJet, Rob Dicastri, requesting that the company clarify its involvement in Ali’s wrongful extradition.

Egypt: Quash verdicts and stop unfair trials by emergency courts

January 27, 2022

65 human rights organisations urge the Egyptian authorities to quash the verdicts of seven peaceful dissidents convicted to lengthy prison terms solely in reprisal for the exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms.