Advocacy

Morocco should refrain from deporting Hassan Al-Rabea to Saudi Arabia

January 27, 2023

Joint letter supported by 9 human rights organisations calling on the Moroccan Government to release Saudi citizen Hassan Mohamed Al-Rabea and to refrain from deporting him to Saudi Arabia, where he would face torture.

Joint Letter: Free Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace after a year and half of hunger strike

January 15, 2023

To mark Al-Singace's birthday on January 15, 2023, MENA Rights Group joined NGOs in urging Bahrain authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally.

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Human rights groups call on Belgium to open investigation into Saudi Crown Prince for crimes against humanity

January 11, 2023

Public statement on the submission of an expert opinion drafted by Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), MENA Rights Group, and the Freedom Initiative supporting a complaint filed in Belgium in December 2021 by the Open Society Justice Initiative against Saudi Arabia for crimes against humanity. The expert opinion highlighted “systemic and generalized violations of human rights committed against individuals who have peacefully criticized authorities or their policies”.

Egypt: Rights Organizations Stand in Solidarity with the Complaint Filed with the African Commission against the Egyptian Government on Behalf of Ramy Shaath and Celine Lebrun-Shaath  

December 20, 2022

Solidarity statement with former political prisoner Ramy Shaath, and his wife Ms. Céline Lebrun-Shaath, in their complaint against the Egyptian government before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

#FreeSherifOsman: UAE must not extradite political commentator to Egypt, where he would face torture

December 19, 2022

Following the arrest and detention in the UAE of Egyptian political commentator Sherif Osman, who faces the threat of extradition to Egypt, MENA Rights Group joins a coalition of 25 human rights organisations calling for his immediate release.

Egypt – Ahmed Douma: 10 years of arbitrary detention

December 13, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins NGOS in urging Egyptian authorities to immediately release Douma and all those arbitrarily detained in Egypt.

Joint Statement at NGO Committee consultation with ECOSOC accredited NGOs

December 13, 2022

On December 13, 2022, MENA Rights Group supported a joint statement delivered by the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) before the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), expressing serious concern over actions by ECOSOC Member States, including excessive and arbitrary delay in granting consultative status to NGOs. 

Continued repression of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights staff

November 30, 2022

MENA Rights Group joins NGOs in urging foreign embassies and the European Union Delegation to Egypt to call on the authorities to end reprisals against human rights defenders, including staff of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Joint NGO letter to Saudi embassies regarding the disappearance of Mohammed al-Qahtani

November 23, 2022

The undersigned civil society organisations are writing to you to express their grave concern for the wellbeing of detained human rights defender Dr. Mohammed al-Qahtani, who has been subjected to enforced disappearance since 24 October 2022. We urge you to convey to your government the calls to disclose his whereabouts and to release him immediately and unconditionally.

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Risk of refoulement of asylum seeker in cooperation with Algerian authorities would mark a dangerous turning point for human rights for Tunisia

November 16, 2022

The undersigned organizations express their deep concern at the risk of refoulement of an Algerian asylum seeker - Zakaria Hannache - present in Tunisia since August 2022. Tunisian authorities must under no circumstances repeat the dangerous precedent set by the kidnapping and refoulement of Algerian refugee Slimane Bouhafs on 25 August, 2021, about which no investigation has been opened to date in Tunisia.

Rights organisations call on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge Saudi Arabia to implement a moratorium on executions

November 11, 2022

In a joint letter addressed to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, a coalition of seven rights organisations raised their concerns over the prevalence of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia and its use against child defendants, pro-democracy protestors and non-lethal offences. The coalition further requested that the UN High Commissioner engage with the Saudi authorities on their use of the death penalty and urge them to implement a moratorium on its use.

Human rights organizations tell Libyan House of Representatives to immediately repeal anti-cybercrime law

November 10, 2022

The undersigned civil society organizations demand that the Libyan House of Representatives repeal the Anti-Cybercrime Law n°5/2022 issued on September 27th, 2022. We call for the law not to be applied, as it directly undermines human rights and fundamental rights, namely freedom of expression and opinion, and the rights to peaceful assembly, privacy, and personal data protection. The law also regularizes the Executive’s comprehensive, warrantless surveillance over the digital spaces and allows them to censor websites and content.