Advocacy / Palestine

Joint Statement: President Biden's visit has a negative impact on human rights movement in the MENA region

September 01, 2022

The human rights movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has paid a heavy price for the unlimited and unconditional support provided by the United Kingdom and United States to repressive governments across the region. The recent visit of US President Joe Biden has reinforced the practice of international relations that prioritises political and economic interests when dealing with repressive governments while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses at the expense of human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.

Meta’s Treatment of the India Human Rights Impact Assessment Is an Alarming Precedent for Arabic Speaking Countries

August 23, 2022

The undersigned civil society organizations working in Arabic-speaking countries demand the immediate release of Meta’s India human rights impact assessment (HRIA) and BSR’s independent review of Meta’s content moderation in Palestine.

International community must stand against raids and closures of 7 palestinian organisations

August 23, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins more than 150 civil society organisations calling on the international community to unequivocally condemn Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civil society and take effective measures to end all other actions that deny Palestinians their inalienable human rights.

US: Suspend military assistance to Israel so long as its widespread and systematic abuses of Palestinians continue

August 23, 2022

Days after Israeli forces raided the offices of seven Palestinian civil society organisations, which it had previously labeled as 'terrorist organisations,' and issued closure orders against them, MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of 11 NGOs calling on the Biden administration to take immediate steps to support the Palestinian civil society organizations by meeting with representatives of the groups, openly rejecting the Israeli designations, demanding that Israel reverse its designations, and suspending military assistance to Israel so long as its systematic abuses of Palestinians, including this latest attack, continue.

Joint NGO letter urges EU targeted sanctions against NSO Group

December 03, 2021

In a joint letter to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, a coalition of 86 NGOs and independent experts call on the EU to place targeted sanctions against the Israeli NSO Group.

NGOs condemn Israel’s designation of six Palestinian human rights organisations as “terrorists”

October 29, 2021

Coalition composed of 242 regional and international NGOs calls upon the international community to publicly condemn and reject Israel’s designation of six Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations as “terrorist organisations”.

NGOs call UN Special Procedures to urge Palestinian Authority to end abuses against critics

June 28, 2021

11 CSOs called on several UN Special Procedures mandate holders to urgently intervene in relation to the recent death of Palestinian political activist and human rights defender Nizar Banat in the custody of the Palestinian Authority and the latter’s widespread and systematic human rights violations targeting critics.

US President urged to halt planned arms sales to Israel

June 10, 2021

June 8, 2021 Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations focused variously on human rights, peacebuilding, and the protection of civilians, write in opposition to the United States government’s plans to sell $735 million in advanced weapons systems and munitions to Israel. The planned arms sales to Israel would send a signal of support for Israel’s recent conduct in occupied Gaza and East Jerusalem, which includes likely violations of international humanitarian law.

Joint Communiqué on Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood, and The Gaza Strip

May 12, 2021

We, the undersigned organisations, trade unions and institutions, condemn and reject the expulsions taking place in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; a Palestinian neighborhood in Occupied East Jerusalem. These actions are part of the racist and apartheid policies, laws and prosecutorial practices that Palestinians face in Jerusalem and the entirety of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We also condemn the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque with worshippers inside and the excessive use of force against them by the Israeli armed forces.