MENA Rights Group and 18 organizations are urging the member nations of the World Trade Organization to reject Saudi Arabia’s nominee for Director General of the WTO.
August 17, 2020
Dear World Trade Organization Members,
On August 11, 2020, MENA Rights Group, Amnesty International, Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort, Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, World Organisation against Torture and Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, sent a letter to the King of Bahrain urging him to commute all death sentences and establish a moratorium on executions.
As a Human Rights Council candidate, Saudi Arabia should make concrete commitments to promote and protect human rights
On July 28, 2020, MENA Rights Group and 10 NGOs sent a letter to the Permanent Missions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, with a list of concrete measures the authorities should commit to implement when seeking election with the UN Human Rights Council.
Call to States Parties to take into account gender, competence and independence when electing new members to the Human Rights Committee
23 July 2020
To: States Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
RE: Call to States Parties to take into account gender, competence and independence when electing new members to the Human Rights Committee
Dear Permanent Representatives of the States Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
The undersigned NGOs and the GQUAL Campaign call upon States Parties to take into account gender, competence and independence when electing members of the United Nations Treaty Bodies.
On July 16, 2020, CIVICUS, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and MENA Rights Group delivered a joint oral statement before the Human Rights Council (HRC) during the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome of Kuwait. The NGOs expressed concern over the crackdown on human rights defenders and restrictions on civic space, and urged the authorities to effectively implement recommendations aimed at guaranteeing freedom of expression.
The UAE authorities have failed to take the necessary measures to address the COVID-19 outbreak in Al Wathba prison, Abu Dhabi, putting the health and life of prisoners at serious risk. On June 12, 2020, MENA Rights Group submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, expressing concerns regarding the prisoners’ lack of access to medical care and poor prison conditions.
Organisations which support human rights, press freedom and journalists are calling on United Nations mechanisms and member states to help save the lives of four Yemeni journalists who were sentenced to death in April 2020 in the capital Sana’a on charges of “spying” and “spreading false news.” Of the six other journalists in the same case whom the judge ordered to be freed, after five years in detention, only one has been released so far.
NGOs: UN human rights treaty bodies urged to continue to monitor States’ compliance with their treaty obligations during the COVID-19 crisis
Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies
Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
RE: UN human rights treaty bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dear Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies and High Commissioner Bachelet,
#FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, lawyers, journalists, and activists, urge the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa Abdel Fattah, our courageous friend, human rights activist, and blogger.
The conflict in Yemen is entering its sixth year, resulting in what is considered the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world. On 10 April, the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the country.
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Oman to permanently lift the ban on all Voice Over IP (VoIP) platforms used for voice and video internet calls.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, MENA Rights Group and 80 NGOs call on African leaders to release all imprisoned journalists, including in Algeria, the Comoros, Egypt and Morocco.