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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.

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

Withdraw from UAE Dubai Expo and Condemn UAE’s Violation of Women’s Rights: 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

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.

A coalition of NGOs calls on Hillary Clinton and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security to withdraw from UAE-sponsored Event

November 12, 2020

A coalition of 14 NGOs delivered a joint letter to Hilary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State, Melanne Verveer, the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute, and Agathe Christien, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Institute, urging them to withdraw from a Georgetown event sponsored by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

NGOs express concern over the candidacy of UAE's Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi to the Presidency of INTERPOL

October 28, 2020

On October 28, 2020, MENA Rights Group and 18 other organisations delivered a joint letter to the Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jürgen Stock, expressing concern over the potential appointement of UAE's Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi to the Presidency of Interpol.

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

November 12, 2019

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.

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

October 28, 2019

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.”

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

October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019 Your Excellency, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan,