Oman’s human rights record reviewed at its third UPR session

February 04, 2021

On January 21, 2021, the Sultanate of Oman completed its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR is a state-led review mechanism aimed at examining UN Member States’ human rights record. The review process allows other states to provide recommendations to the country under review. During this UPR session, Oman was presented with 264 recommendations, which it must now consider before reporting back during the Human Rights Council’s 47th session in June-July 2021, indicating which of these recommendations it has chosen to support, take note of, or reject.

Iraq's draft cybercrime law puts free speech in grave danger

January 21, 2021

Articles contained in the draft could be used to stifle criticism of politicians, government officials and other public figures

UN Committee issues roadmap to address endemic practice of enforced disappearance in Iraq

December 02, 2020

On November 25, 2020, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) issued its Observations on the additional information submitted by Iraq under article 29 (4) of the Convention on Enforced Disappearances (ICPPED), ratified in 2010.

Iraq’s new draft Law on Combating Cybercrimes still contains problematic provisions restricting fundamental freedoms

December 01, 2020

On Monday November 23, 2020, Iraq’s parliament completed the second reading of a new draft Law on Combating Cybercrimes.

Saudi Arabia: UN Group denounces continued and widespread use of enforced disappearances

October 07, 2020

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) has recently published a general allegation decrying the widespread practice of enforced disappearances in Saudi Arabia. The letter was sent to the authorities after the WGEID’s 121st session in May 2020, following a previous submission by MENA Rights Group.

Will COVID-19 Create a Human Rights Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa?

October 01, 2020

The human rights impact of the restrictive measures adopted across the MENA region since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

One year on, dozens of disappeared Iraqi protestors remain missing

October 01, 2020

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraqi protests, MENA Rights Group urges the authorities to clarify the fate and whereabouts of dozens of peaceful protesters who are still forcibly disappeared.

Annual UNSG report sheds light on cases of reprisals against human rights defenders and NGOs in the MENA region

September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020, during the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)’s 45th session, the United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Human Rights, Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris, presented the 11th annual report on cases of intimidation and reprisals against individuals who have cooperated with the UN and its mechanisms

Yemeni national secretly detained and tortured by Emirati forces in Balhaf

September 18, 2020

On June 2, 2020, the Association For Victims Of Torture In UAE and MENA Rights Group requested the intervention of several United Nations Special Procedures on behalf of a Yemeni national who was subjected to torture and ill-treatment, by Emirati forces, inside secret detention centres across the Shabwah governorate, Yemen, in 2018. The victim was detained for two weeks inside the Balhaf coalition base located inside a gas liquefaction plant, in which the French company Total holds substantial interests.

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Algérie: Suivi des constatations du Comité des droits de l’Homme

September 10, 2020

En 2018, le Comité des droits de l’Homme a décidé lors de sa 122ème session de suspendre le dialogue avec les autorités algériennes ainsi que la procédure de suivi, en raison de l’absence de coopération de la part de l’Algérie. Depuis, certaines victimes de disparitions forcées et leurs familles ont vu leur situation s’aggraver. La décision de suspendre la procédure de suivi prive les victimes de leur seule possible voie de recours, met en péril la lutte contre les disparitions forcées en Algérie et contribue à un phénomène de « sur-victimisation » et à l’impunité. C’est pourquoi REDRESS, MENA Rights Group, Alkarama, la Coordination nationale des familles de disparus, Mish’al et TRIAL International appellent urgemment le Comité à renouer le dialogue et à reprendre la procédure de suivi avec les autorités algériennes. Les manquements du gouvernement algérien à ses obligations conventionnelles doivent être dénoncés.

Two decades after the Algerian civil war, the families of the missing are still claiming their right to truth and justice

August 30, 2020

On the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, MENA Rights Group has published a baseline study on the plight of victims of enforced disappearances in Algeria. Our report recalls that, more than 20 years after the end of the civil war, which ravaged the country in the 1990s, families of missing persons continue to face challenges to seek justice, truth and reparations.

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Mauritania: Survivors of the “Passif humanitaire” demand truth and justice 29 years after the Inal massacre

August 13, 2020

On November 28, 2019, Mauritania celebrated the anniversary of its independence from France. This date corresponds with another, less joyful, anniversary, that of the summary execution of 28 Afro-Mauritanian soldiers on November 28, 1990. Taking place at the Inal military base, this event is symptomatic of the gross human rights violations committed during the so-called "Passif humanitaire" period between 1989 and 1991.