November 23, 2020

Solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights urged by human rights community in open letter to ambassadors and diplomats

In an open letter, over 50 NGOs call on the immediate and unconditional release of Karim Ennarah, Mohammed Basheer and Gasser Abdel-Razek from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

November 12, 2020

A coalition of NGOs calls on Hillary Clinton and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security to withdraw from UAE-sponsored Event

A coalition of 14 NGOs delivered a joint letter to Hilary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State, Melanne Verveer, the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute, and Agathe Christien, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Institute, urging them to withdraw from a Georgetown event sponsored by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

November 12, 2020
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Letter to the President Mohamed Cheikh Mohamed ould Ghazouani calling for a fair and long-term resolution of the “Passif humanitaire”

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the independence of Mauritania on 28 November 2020, the Cadre de Concertation des Rescapés Mauritaniens en Europe et aux Etats Unis (CCRM-E/USA) and its member organisations launch an urgent appeal for the settlement of the period commonly referred to as “Passif humanitaire”, a euphemistic term referring to the massive human rights violations (i.e. extrajudicial executions, torture, deportations etc.) against the Afro-Mauritanian populations between 1986 and 1992.

October 28, 2020

NGOs express concern over the candidacy of UAE's Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi to the Presidency of INTERPOL

On October 28, 2020, MENA Rights Group and 18 other organisations delivered a joint letter to the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, expressing concern over the potential appointement of UAE's Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi to the Presidency of Interpol.

October 22, 2020
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Ladies European Tour community should #StandWithSaudiHeroes

MENA Rights Group and 18 NGOs are urging organisers, participants and sponsors of the Ladies European Tour, which will hold its first golf tournament in Saudi Arabia in November, to reconsider their participation and denounce human rights violations against women in the Kingdom.

October 6, 2020

NGO coalition welcomes step towards ending enforced disappearances in Africa

An NGO coalition comprising the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL), MENA Rights Group, REDRESS and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) welcome a resolution of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) calling for guidelines aimed at ending enforced disappearances in Africa.

October 1, 2020

One year on, dozens of disappeared Iraqi protestors remain missing

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraqi protests, MENA Rights Group urges the authorities to clarify the fate and whereabouts of dozens of peaceful protesters who are still forcibly disappeared.

September 25, 2020

NGOs denounce Saudi Arabia's human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council's 45th session

On September 24th, during the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, ALQST, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), MENA Rights Group, and the Right Livelihood Foundation delivered a statement denouncing Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record. In particular, we condemned the arbitrary detention of Right Livelihood Laureates Mohammed al-Qahtani and Waleed Abulkhair and urged Saudi authorities to account for their neglect of Abdullah al-Hamid’s health, which has resulted in his death.

Read the full statement below:

September 25, 2020

MENA Rights Group joins several NGOs calling on mayors to withdraw from Saudi Arabia's Urban 20 mayors summit

Sent to:

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi

September 18, 2020

Dear Mayor,

September 21, 2020

Algeria: Arbitrary detention of journalist Khaled Drareni another blow to democratic transition, discrediting the Presidency’s promise of reform

The undersigned civil society groups are alarmed at the continued and escalating attacks on civic space in Algeria and call on the government to end their crackdown on journalistic and other public freedoms. Despite President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announcing his desire to break with previous repressive practices, freedom of expression especially has come under severe attack since March 2020, with several journalists facing arbitrary arrest and prosecution for conducting their work in the country.

August 27, 2020
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End enforced disappearances in Africa now

27.08.2020 – Ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August, an NGO coalition is calling on African States to end this practice immediately, hold perpetrators to account, search for the disappeared and provide reparations to the victims and their families.