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Call on Egyptian president to overturn the sentencing of researcher and activist Ahmed Samir Santawy following unfair trial

July 19, 2021

More than 60 human rights organisations signed a letter to urge Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to repeal the verdict against Ahmed Amir Santawy. The Egyptian-Austrian student and researcher was sentenced by an emergency court to four years in prison on charges of publishing “false news”. He had been criticising human rights violations and the government’s mishandling of the pandemic on social media.

Increasing repression against activists, journalists and other critics in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region

July 09, 2021

While the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has long enjoyed the reputation of a place of tolerance and respect for free expression, over the course of 2020 and 2021, the Kurdish authorities have increasingly cracked down on demonstrators, activists, journalists and other critics. In February 2021, five journalist and activists who are known to be critical of the government were sentenced to six years’ in prison. Their sentence was recently upheld on appeal.

NGOs call UN Special Procedures to urge Palestinian Authority to end abuses against critics

June 28, 2021

11 CSOs called on several UN Special Procedures mandate holders to urgently intervene in relation to the recent death of Palestinian political activist and human rights defender Nizar Banat in the custody of the Palestinian Authority and the latter’s widespread and systematic human rights violations targeting critics.

A coalition of rights groups mourns the death of outstanding Emirati human rights activist Alaa Al Siddiq

June 23, 2021

Following the devastating passing of prominent Emirati human rights defender Alaa Al Siddiq, MENA Rights Group joined partner NGOs in expressing our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

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82 civil society organisations call on states to take action to address the Algerian authorities' alarming crackdown on pro-democracy forces during HRC 47

June 17, 2021

In response to the Algerian government’s crackdown on opposition and independent forces in the country, MENA Rights Group, in cooperation with 81 Algerian, regional and international human rights organisations, sent a letter to the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for urgent action on Algeria at the upcoming 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The signatory organisations urged member states to adopt a demand to promptly open independent, impartial and effective investigations into allegations of torture and other ill-treatment perpetrated by the Algerian authorities against citizens peacefully expressing their opinions or demonstrating. The letter also called on the United Nations to take a more assertive public stance to protect Algerians and their rights to peaceful expression, association and assembly. Attached to the letter is a briefing containing more information on the developments in Algeria’s human rights situation between March and May 2021.

US President urged to halt planned arms sales to Israel

June 10, 2021

June 8, 2021

Dear President Biden,

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations focused variously on human rights, peacebuilding, and the protection of civilians, write in opposition to the United States government’s plans to sell $735 million in advanced weapons systems and munitions to Israel. The planned arms sales to Israel would send a signal of support for Israel’s recent conduct in occupied Gaza and East Jerusalem, which includes likely violations of international humanitarian law.

Joint letter calls on Egypt to urgently address serious human rights concerns raised by several UN rights bodies

June 01, 2021

On June 1, 2021, 63 NGOs called on the Egyptian government to urgently address the serious human rights concerns raised by several UN bodies, including the UN Human Rights Council and several Special Procedure mandate holders. The Egyptian authorities have been critised for their crackdown on independent organisations and peaceful dissent through repressive measures such as arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture for years and have yet to take the necessary steps to bring their actions in line with their international human rights obligations.

Saudi Arabia must return the remains of victims of April 2019 Mass Execution and stop tormenting their families

May 19, 2021

On May 19, 2021, a coalition of 11 organisations jointly called on Saudi Arabia to return the remains of those executed by the Saudi authorities. In their joint-statement, the undersigned organisations additionally called for those responsible for the April 2019 mass execution of 37 people to be held accountable.

Joint Communiqué on Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood, and The Gaza Strip

May 12, 2021

We, the undersigned organisations, trade unions and institutions, condemn and reject the expulsions taking place in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; a Palestinian neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem. These actions are part of the racist and apartheid policies, laws and prosecutorial practices that Palestinians face in Jerusalem and the entirety of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We also condemn the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with worshippers inside and the excessive use of force against them by the Israeli armed forces.

Joint Statement: Stop violations against journalists in the Kurdistan region of Iraq

May 03, 2021

On the International Day for Freedom of the Press on May 3, the undersigned organizations call on the authorities of the Kurdistan region of Iraq to stop their continuous violations of the freedom of the press, lift restrictions imposed on journalistic work; to end their campaigns on the prosecution and detention of journalists for their legitimate work, open a serious investigation into the death of a journalist who was covering the popular demonstrations in August 2020, and bring all those responsible to justice.

Coalition of NGOs urges the US government to not waive conditions for Egypt aid

April 23, 2021

In a joint letter to US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Jake Sullivan, a coalition of international rights organisations has called on the US government to maintain human rights standards as conditions for providing military aid to Egypt.