Advocacy

Appeal for UAE to release detained human rights activists ahead of Dubai Expo

October 01, 2021

In a joint letter to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, more than 80 organisations appealed to the president of the Emirates to release all imprisoned human rights defenders and activists ahead of the UAE's Dubai Expo.

CNN: Reveal relationship with UAE monarchy and report on UAE’s violations of women’s rights during Dubai Expo coverage

September 30, 2021

A coalition of eight rights-based organisations is calling on CNN, an official broadcaster of the Dubai Expo2020, to reveal all financial and contractual terms of its relationship with the UAE monarchy, "Dubai Expo2020," and of their “Dubai Now” promotional content. In their letter, the coalition also calls on CNN to commit to reporting on the UAE’s terrible human rights violations and their use of events like the “Expo 2020 Dubai” for propaganda purposes. If CNN is unable to meet the aforementioned requests, the coalition calls on CNN to immediately withdraw as an official broadcaster for the UAE Dubai Expo

Coalition letter to the UN Human Rights Council on Pegasus

September 30, 2021

During the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, over 90 civil society organisations called on Member States to urgently denounce and mandate independent investigations into the situation of human rights violations facilitated by the sale, export, transfer, and use of surveillance technology.

Joint oral intervention on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Algeria

September 29, 2021

Joint oral intervention by Nada Awad of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, during a discussion on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests, held on September 29, 2021.

Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Egyptian human rights defender Abdulrahman Tarek as he receives Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award

September 27, 2021

On the occasion of awarding human rights defender Abdulrahman Tarek, the Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award, 10 organisations urged the Egyptian authorities to immediately release him and end all violations against him.

Ten Nubian Egyptians charged after being arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia for more than a year

September 24, 2021

 Ten Egyptian nationals belonging to Nubian civic associations in Saudi Arabia have finally been charged, more than a year after being arrested and arbitrarily detained without access to a lawyer or family visits, for exercising their right to free association and assembly. They are scheduled to be brought to trial in November.

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Suivi des recommendations prioritaires du Comité des droits de l'Homme suite à l'examen du 2ème rapport périodique de la Mauritanie

September 24, 2021

Lettre conjointe à l'attention du Commissariat aux Droits de l’Homme et à l’Action Humanitaire et aux Relations avec la Société Civile portant sur la mise en œuvre de la recommandation prioritaire n° 11 (lutte contre l’impunité et violations passées des droits de l’homme) du Comité des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU suite à l'examen du deuxième rapport périodique de la Mauritanie.

NGOs denounce systematic practice of arbitrary detention in Saudi Arabia

September 20, 2021

On September 20, 2021, Right Livelihood, ALQST, International Service for Human Rights and MENA Rights Group delivered a joint oral statement before the Human Rights Council (HRC) during the interactive dialogue with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, denouncing the systematic imprisonment of human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents in Saudi Arabia.

Joint statement condemning the inclusion of four Emirati activists and members of the UAE 94 on the UAE terrorism list

September 17, 2021

In a joint statement with nine other organisations, MENA Rights Group condemns the inclusion of four Emirati activists and members of the UAE 94 on the UAE terrorism list. In their statement, the undersigned organisations call on the UAE to immediately and unconditionally remove the activists' names from the terrorism list and to immediately and unconditionally release all of those who have been unjustly and arbitrarily detained as part of the UAE 94 trial.

Joint letter to the Human Rights Council calling for an international investigative mission into the Beirut blast

September 15, 2021

In a joint letter, MENA Rights and 38 human rights groups, survivors of the Beirut Blast, families of victims and individuals sent an urgent appeal to the UN Human Rights Council urging the council to establish an investigative body into the explosion, as Lebanon leaders continue to obstruct domestic inquiry.

Biden decision to grant military aid to Egypt a betrayal of human rights commitments

September 14, 2021

In a joint statement, MENA Rights and 18 human rights groups condemned Biden's decision to grant military aid to Egypt, despite the U.S. administration's vow to put human rights at the centre of its foreign policy.

Withdraw from UAE Dubai Expo and Condemn UAE’s War in Yemen: Letter to Governments and Business Executives

September 10, 2021

September 2, 2021

Heads of State and Senior Government Officials:

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne, Australia Ambassador to UAE Heidi Venamore

Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmés, Ambassador to UAE Peter Claes

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto França, Ambassador to UAE Fernando Igreja