Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN, French: Réseau euro-mediterranéen des droits de l'Homme) is a network of 64 human rights organisations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in Europe and the Mediterranean region. It was established in 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration, which led to the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

The members of the EMHRN admit to universal human rights principles and are convinced of the value of cooperation and dialogue across and within borders. The EMHRN promotes networking, cooperation and development of partnerships between human rights NGOs, activists and a wider civil society.

Aims and achievements[edit]

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network was created in relation to the existence of the inter-governmental Euromediterranean Partnership (EMP), and in particular, the Barcelona Process proposed by the EMP. The EMHRN's role is primarily as an intermediary between governmental institutions and grassroots human rights organisations. It received most of its funding during its first years from governmental sources and is closely linked to the EuroMed Civil Forums that constitutes a relatively government-linked alternative to the grassroots Alternative Mediterranean Conference that was organised in 1995. As of 2008, the EMHRN had become well recognised both by European Union (EU) institutions and NGOs. Its activities range from communication among NGO members and activist campaigning through to lobbying of institutions. The effectiveness of its range of grassroots through to lobbying strategies remain unclear.[1]

The EMHRN describes itself as a regional forum for human rights NGOs and a pool of expertise on promotion, protection and strengthening of human rights. It states that it brings people together in inter-cultural settings to promote dialogue and understanding, with stress on the following subjects:[2]

  • lobbying human rights mechanisms within the European Union (EU) and the Euromediterranean Partnership, exspecially concerning the association agreements with the Mediterranean Partners and the European Neighbourhood Policy
  • supporting reform processes in the Arab World by strengthening democratization processes originating from the civil society
  • working towards transforming the non-European Mediterranean region into states of law, especially by backing movements for the enforcement of the freedoms of speech and assembly
  • bringing human rights values and principles as well as women rights and the idea of public education to the public in order to achieve a broad popular participation in changing the living conditions where human rights are abused or denied
  • sending of delegations and observers, and publishing urgent alerts in cases of deterioration of human rights and when members are in danger or imprisoned
  • close and critical monitoring of the own efforts of the EU
  • information on human rights violations in North Africa and the Middle East by publishing reports, policy papers and newsletters
  • research and training by means of training seminars and workshops

History[edit]

  • 2000: The EMHRN received a European Union funding contract. On its fourth General Assembly in Marseille, a new action plan was adopted, which saw the network multiplying its activities. In the following years, an office in Brussels was opened and preparations for offices in Rabat and Amman were taken. More staff in addition to the Executive Director were hired.[1]

Structure[edit]

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network has the following members:[3]

Country Organisation
 Algeria Collectif des Familles des disparu(e)s en Algérie - Group of families of disappeared persons in Algeria
Ligue Algérienne des Droits de l'Homme - Algerian League for Human Rights
Ligue Algérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme - Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights
 Austria Bruno Kreisky Foundation for Human Rights
 Belgium European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (regional member)
 Cyprus Mediterranean Institute for Gender Studies at University of Nicosia
Rights and Freedom Association
 Denmark Danish Institute for Human Rights founder
Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims
Iraqi Human Rights Association
 Egypt Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (regional member)
 Finland Tampere Peace Research Institute at University of Tampere
 France Fédération des Tunisiens pour une citoyenneté des deux rives - Tunisian federation for a two banks citizenship
Ligue des droits de l'homme - Human Rights League founder
 Greece Greek Committee for International Democratic Solidarity founder
 Ireland 80:20 Education and Acting for a Better World
 Israel Adala - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Arab Association for Human Rights
B'Tselem
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
 Italy Intercenter
Italian Refugee Council
 Jordan Amman Center for Human Rights Studies
Sisterhood is Global Institute
 Lebanon Palestinian Human Rights Organization
Institute for Human Rights Lebanon
René Moawad Foundation [1]
SOLIDA movement
 Libya Libyan League for Human Rights
 Malta Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies at University of Malta
 Morocco Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc - Democratic Association of Moroccan Women
Association Marocaine des Droits Humains - Moroccan Association of Human Rights
Espace Associatif
Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains - Moroccan Organisation of Human Rights founder
Centre for Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (CMF-MENA) founder (regional member)
 Netherlands Aim for Human Rights
Euro-Arab Dialogue from Below (associate member)
 Norway Norwegian Helsinki Committee (associate member)
 Palestine Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Al-Haq founder
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
 Spain ACSUR Las Segovias
Federation of Associations for the Defence and the Promotion of Human Rights
 Sweden Kvinna till Kvinna
 Syria Committees for the Defense of Democracy Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria
Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies
Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies
 Tunisia Tunisian Association of the Democratic Women
Conseil National Pour Les Libertés En Tunisie - National Council for Freedom in Tunisia
Ligue tunisienne des droits de l'homme - Tunisian League of Human Rights
Committee for the Respect of Freedom and Human Rights in Tunisia
Arab Institute for Human Rights (regional member)
Collectif 95 Maghreb Egalité (regional member)
 Turkey Human Rights Association
 United Kingdom Bar Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Centre at University of Essex founder
Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA)
Article 19 - the International Centre Against Censorship (associate member)
International Amnesty International (associate member)
Penal Reform International (associate member)
International Federation of Human Rights (associate member)
Human Rights Watch (associate member)
International Service for Human Rights (associate member)
World Organisation Against Torture (associate member)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b van Hüllen, Vera (November 2008). "Transnationalising Euromediterranean Relations: The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network as an Intermediary Actor". Archived from the original on 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2010-06-28.  (cover page)
  2. ^ http://www.euromedrights.net/17
  3. ^ http://www.euromedrights.net/pages/58

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