Advocacy

August 20, 2020

World Trade Organization urged to reject Saudi Arabia’s nominee for WTO Director General

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,

August 11, 2020

Bahrain: NGOs appeal to King to commute death sentences

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.

July 28, 2020

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.

July 24, 2020

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.

July 16, 2020

NGOs: Freedom of expression and civic space continue to face severe restrictions in Kuwait

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.

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Madam President,

June 16, 2020

UAE: COVID-19 outbreak puts Al Wathba prison’s detainees at risk

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.

May 12, 2020

Yemen: Over 150 NGOs appeal for death sentences of four journalists to be overturned

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.

May 11, 2020

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, 
 

April 28, 2020

Yemen: Urgent measures needed to protect civilians from COVID-19

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.

April 8, 2020

COVID-19: Gulf governments must unblock all VoIP technologies

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. 

April 7, 2020
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Media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists

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.