Advocacy

#FreeWaleed: 5 years on from his sentencing, join us in calling for the release of Saudi prisoner of conscience Waleed Abu al-Khair

July 06, 2019

Saudi lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair is currently five years into a 15-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. His crime? Defending human rights.

Rights groups call for establishment of UN monitoring mechanism over human rights situation in Saudi Arabia

June 25, 2019

In a joint letter to 48 ministries of foreign affairs from all regional groups at the UN, 40 human rights organisations call on states to advance a resolution at the Human Rights Council addressing ongoing human rights violations in Saudi Arabia.

30 civil society organisation call for urgent UN Security Council action to prevent further bloodshed in Sudan

June 12, 2019

To the UN Security Council 11 June 2019

RE: Appealing for Urgent Intervention to Prevent further Bloodshed in Sudan

The undersigned, 30 civil society organisations from around the world, are writing to you at a critical time, the fate of the Sudanese people hangs in the balance and bold leadership is needed to prevent further violence and support those seeking democratic change in Sudan.

Killings of Peaceful Sudanese Democracy Protesters Demand Accountability - Urgent International Action Needed to Prevent Further Violence

June 06, 2019

The attack on peaceful democracy protesters in Khartoum that began on June 3 that has reportedly seen the killing of at least 100 people and hundreds more injured demands a strong international response to immediately stop such attacks and ensure accountability for this and other violence in response to peaceful protests.

Open NGO letter regarding the critical funding gap affecting UN human rights mechanisms and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

May 29, 2019

MENA Rights Group joins hundreds of other organisations in urging states to urgently address the critical funding situation which may adversely impact on the capacity of various human rights mechanisms to carry out their mandates effectively.

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Lettre ouverte « Pour une réforme de la législation relative à l’état d’urgence en Tunisie respectueuse des droits humains » envoyée aux député-e-s de l’Assemblée des représentants du peuple

April 08, 2019

Le 5 avril 2019

Aux Membres de l’Assemblée des représentants du peuple

Objet: Pour une réforme de la législation relative à l’état d’urgence en Tunisie respectueuse des droits humains

NGOs urge governments to pressure Saudi Arabia to improve rights record following UN review

March 14, 2019

Following the adoption of Saudi Arabia’s Universal Periodic Review outcome on March 14, MENA Rights Group, Alqst, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and OMCT called on the international community to maintain pressure on the Saudi government to improve the human rights situation in the country.

Saudi Arabia: Over 50 human rights groups call for immediate release of women’s rights defenders

March 06, 2019

The following letter was sent to over 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of States calling on UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council calling explicitly for the immediate and unconditional release of the detained Saudi women human rights defenders and establishing a monitoring mechanism over the human rights violations in the country.

19 February 2019

Stand up for human rights in Saudi Arabia and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi women human rights defenders

Your Excellency,

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Council Side Event calls for accountability for rights abuses including torture and incommunicado detention of women’s rights defenders

March 05, 2019

MENA Rights Group hosts its first event at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, taking the form of a panel discussion on the current human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

Concerned over restrictions to freedom of expression, 10 civil society organisations call on Iraq to withdraw draft Cybercrime Law

March 01, 2019

Should the “Law on Information Technology Crimes” be enacted in its current form, it would constitute a serious setback for freedom of expression in Iraq, and would establish a climate of self-censorship in the country.

Joint letter calling on UN Human Rights Council to dispatch fact-finding mission for Sudan

January 30, 2019

Civil society call on Human Rights Council to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged human rights abuses committed in Sudan.

Human rights NGOs call on Saudi Arabia to commit to eight specific measures to end the human rights crisis

December 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia – On international Human Rights Day, commit to these, eight specific human rights initiatives to end the human rights crisis