Advocacy

April 2, 2020
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NGOs: States use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights

MENA Rights Group joins over 100 NGOs in calling on governments to respect human rights when using digital surveillance technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 31, 2020
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Five years into the war in Yemen, human rights organisations welcome Germany’s decision of extending its arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and encourage others to follow suit

ALQST, ACAT-France, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and MENA Rights Group have welcomed Germany’s decision to extend its arms embargo on Saudi Arabia and call on other governments to follow suit, as the Yemen war marks its fifth year. Furthermore, the organisations urge the German authorities to expand it by including the prohibition of the export of spare parts and components and by suspending arm sales to all parties to the conflict.

March 24, 2020
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Call for urgent action around detention in MENA region amid COVID-19

MENA Rights Group and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), joined by 38 organizations from around the world, have issued a statement calling on governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to take a number of urgent measures to protect their prison populations, and in doing so, their populations as a whole. The statement also calls on international and regional bodies, including the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations special procedures, to issue guidance around detention amid pandemic.

March 5, 2020

NGOs: National security practices must never be used to stifle freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia

On March 5, 2020, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, ALQST and MENA Rights Group delivered a joint oral statement before the Human Rights Council (HRC) during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

January 3, 2020
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Saudi Arabia: Repressive Site for Dakar Rally

As Amaury Sport Race Proceeds, Women Activists Sit in Prison

January 3, 2020
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Dakar Rally community must #StandWithSaudiHeroes

The Dakar Rally (formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally) is an annual off-road endurance rally organized by the French company Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O). In April 2019, it was announced that the upcoming 2020 rally would be held throughout Saudi Arabia. The announcement, which outlined the race route from January 5-17, 2020, also promised a five-year partnership with Saudi Arabia as host.

December 4, 2019

NGOs urge UN Secretary-General to uphold high standards when appointing individuals for key positions in the UN human rights system

On December 31, 2019, the mandates of the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour will come to an end. Considering the importance of these roles for the work of civil society, over 50 NGOs wrote to the UN Secretary-General, asking him to take into consideration candidates with demonstrated commitment and significant experience and expertise in the field of human rights.

November 18, 2019

“Taking a Stand”: MENA Rights Group’s Director calls on businesses to protect human rights defenders at New York event

On October 29, 2019, MENA Rights Group’s director Inès Osman participated in a panel discussion, “Taking a Stand to Protect Human Rights Defenders”, organised by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) in New York. 

November 12, 2019

Open letter to the UAE calling for the release of prominent lawyer and human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al-Roken

Excellencies,

We, the undersigned, call on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to immediately and unconditionally release prominent human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al-Roken, arbitrarily detained since 2012 solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association, including through his work as a human rights lawyer.

November 6, 2019

UNGA: Joint letter on protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

On October 24, 2019, several human rights organisations urged state delegations to categorically reject the approach expected to be adopted in a draft resolution at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee on “terrorism and human rights”, led by Egypt and Mexico in a common letter.

October 28, 2019

“Don’t whitewash the UAE’s gross human rights abuses”: NGOs call on World Tolerance Summit speakers to cancel their participation

Dear participants of the World Tolerance Summit,

We, the undersigned, call on all participants and speakers at the World Tolerance Summit taking place in Dubai on November 13 and 14 to withdraw from the event, which promotes a misleading image of the United Arab Emirates as a model of tolerance and openness. This is the second World Tolerance Summit, initiated in 2018 to “strengthen the UAE’s position as a model of co-existence and cultural tolerance around the world.”

October 16, 2019

Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th birthday

October 16, 2019

Your Excellency, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan,