Human Appeal

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Human Appeal
Human appeal logo18.png
Founded1991; 30 years ago (1991)
Founded atManchester
TypeInternational NGO
    • Conflict Zones
    • Sustainable Livelihoods
    • Education
    • Health & Nutrition
    • Orphans and Child Welfare
    • Water Sanitation & Hygiene
    • Emergency Relief
    • Integrated Development
  • 1 Cheadle Point, Carrs Road, Cheadle, SK8 2BL, UK
Area served
Key people
CEO: Dr Mohammed Ashmawey [1]

Human Appeal is a British international development and relief charity based in Manchester. It was established in 1991.[2] It runs targeted poverty relief programmes in emergency response and sustainable development.

In the past, the charity was known as Human Appeal International but was restyled in 2018. It is now known as Human Appeal.[3]


Human Appeal has offices in the UK (Manchester, London, Birmingham and Leicester), France, Spain and Ireland. Although it shares the one founder and organisational name, it is a separate organisation from Human Appeal UAE.[4]

Executive staff[edit]

In 2018, Othman Moqbel was dismissed as chief executive pending investigation. Moqbel withdrew his appeal to the employment tribunal in 2020.[5][6]

In April 2019, Human Appeal appointed Dr Mohamed Ashmawey as chief executive.[7]

Memberships and partnerships[edit]

Human Appeal is a member of Bond (the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development).[8] It is a member of the Muslim Charities Forum.[9]


Since 2011 Human Appeal has been a supporter of Syrian refugees. In February 2018, Human Appeal called for immediate ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta and pointed out the devastating situation of civilians in the area.[10] In early 2016 the Isle of Man donated £30.000 to support Human Appeal’s work on the island of Lesbos which has become a main access point of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe.[11]

In March 2016 Human Appeal completed a three-month project during which four Gaza universities were rebuilt and £227,000 contributed.[12] In August 2017 Human Appeal was awarded over £4.3 million by the UNHCR in order to distribute help in Mosul, Iraq after the liberation from ISIS.[13]

After the floods in North England, the Bradford District Council was supported during the clearing up process in late 2015.[14] In January 2016 Human Appeal worked with the Slough Khidman Community Trust providing winter survival kits.[15] Later that year, in October 2016, Human Appeal announced the Wrap Up Manchester campaign asking the Greater Manchester public to donate unwanted winter coats to help people in need through the cold months.[16] As part of their winter appeal, Human Appeal organised The Comedy Show which toured in December 2016.[17]

Human Appeal was named “Charity of the Year” at the 2017 British Muslim Awards for their achievements and contribution to British society.[18]

In summer 2017, Human Appeal launched an appeal for the victims of the Manchester attack, raising £27,000 in a matter of days and earning their then CEO, Othman Moqbel, the honour of being named one of the "Muslim Heroes of Manchester" by the Evening Standard.[19]

The organisation raised and contributed over £114,000 for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.[20]

In November 2019, for the fifth year, the Wrap Up Manchester campaign project ran in partnership with Human Appeal. With drop-off locations across the UK, the project collects unwanted coats and funds and donates them to charities that support people fleeing domestic violence, children living in poverty, refugees and the homeless. In 2018, over 30,000 coats were donated in London, Birmingham and Manchester. [21]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation worked with boxer Amir Khan;[22] with Liam Byrne MP [23] and with Claudia Webbe MP [24] to promote relief efforts. The organisation worked to deliver food to key workers and people in need during the emergency. [25][26][27]

Human Appeal published a report Risking Death to Give Birth: The consequences of conflict on the health needs of women and girls in Syria on 9 years of the Syrian conflict [2]

Alleged extremist ties[edit]

Human Appeal was included as a Hamas front in a 1996 CIA report on charitable organizations that finance terror.[28] In 2003, the FBI said Human Appeal had a "close relationship" with Hamas. The US state department, in leaked cables from 2003, also associated Human Appeal with Hamas and said that "members of its field offices in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya had connections to al-Qaeda associates". In 2012, after the counter-extremism unit in the Department of Education intervened, they were banned from an event at a Manchester school. They co-hosted an event in July 2011 event at Brent Town Hall in north London with Hamas supporters.[29] The name and address of the charity were posted on the Union of Good's official website as a member. [30]

In 2008, Israel listed Human Appeal as a banned association due to links with Union of Good and alleged fundraising for Hamas.[31][32] The Nine Eleven Finding Answers Foundation said Human Appeal, along with other British Muslim charities, was an early participant in the Union of Good, an international network designated a terrorist organisation by the US in 2008.[33] The UK Charity Commission interviewed spoke to involved charities in 2009, confirmed with them they were not members, and closed its investigation.[34]

Alleged links to the funding of terrorism made by the Jewish Chronicle in 2012 were withdrawn and an apology was issued in May 2013 after the allegations were deemed untrue and damages paid.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2013, Human Appeal was awarded the International Charity Award at Global Peace and Unity.[36]

In January 2015, Human Appeal was nominated for the Charity of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[37]

In January 2017, Human Appeal was awarded Charity of the Year at the British Muslim Awards[38] for their outstanding achievements and contribution to British society.[39]


UK Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Anna Soubry[40] and Sir Graham Brady[41] have all supported Human Appeal in the past.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Barlow, Nigel (2021-04-30). "Manchester Charity launches Emergency Response to Indian crisis". About Manchester. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  2. ^ "Charity framework". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ Polianskaya, Alina (2018-09-27). "Human Appeal gets a new visual identity designed by Johnson Banks". Design Week. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Human Appeal International". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ Cooney, Rebecca. "Regulator begins statutory inquiry into Human Appeal". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  6. ^ Franey (28 July 2020). "Mr O Moqbel v Human Appeal: case 2415017/2018". Employment Tribunals Office, HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Retrieved 3 December 2020. [1]
  7. ^ "Human Appeal names new CEO". Charity Times. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  8. ^ Kroessin, Mohammed Ralf (2009) Mapping UK Muslim Development NGOs, Working Paper 30 Religions and Development Research Programme
  9. ^ "Muslim Charities Forum – Support | Connect | Represent". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ "'Besieged to death': Manchester charity Human Appeal call for immediate Syria ceasefire | Mancunian Matters". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  11. ^ "Isle of Man donates £50k to humanitarian charities". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  12. ^ "Manchester charity help to rebuild Gaza universities". ITV News. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  13. ^ Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "After Mosul, UNHCR steps up humanitarian support for returns". UNHCR. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  14. ^ "Keighley recycling centre opened on New Year's Day for flood-damaged items". Keighley News. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  15. ^ "Survival kits handed out to help homeless through winter months in Slough". Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  16. ^ "Muslim charity donates 1,000 clothes items to keep Manchester's homeless warm this winter". The Independent. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  17. ^ "This Muslim Comedian Sat Next To Donald Trump's Son On A Plane To Scotland". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  18. ^ "BBC Local Live: Greater Manchester and East Cheshire on Thursday 26 January 2017". BBC News. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  19. ^ "Meeting the Muslim heroes of Manchester". Evening Standard. 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  20. ^ Charity Commission for England and Wales (29 January 2019). "Grenfell Tower charitable funds update" (PDF).
  21. ^ "How to donate to the Wrap Up Manchester project". ITV. 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  22. ^ "Boxing champ Amir Khan shows the most vulnerable that he's in their corner". ITV plc. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  23. ^ "WEEKLY ROUND UP 25TH APRIL". Liam Byrne. Liam Byrne MP. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  24. ^ Webbe, Claudia. "19 May". Claudia Webbe MP. Facebook. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  25. ^ "Human Appeal delivers help across Glasgow as part of coronavirus emergency campaign". Scottish Housing News. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Community efforts to provide hot meals for key workers and those in need". Rochdale Online. Rochdale Online. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  27. ^ Ferguson, Sam. "Finsbury Park Mosque hands out 100 meals to Whittington staff". Islington Tribune. New Journal Enterprises. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  28. ^ Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Yale University Press, Matthew Levitt, page 144
  29. ^ Terror-link charity was due to host joint official reception with Tory party, Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan, 3 October 2015
  30. ^ Gillgan, Andrew (19 October 2010). "Human Appeal and Hamas: the evidence". The Daily Telegraph.
  31. ^ Defense Minister signs order banning Hamas-affiliated charitable organizations, MFA Israel, 7 July 2008
  32. ^ Human Appeal International linked to Bendigo mosque, The Australian, 16 October 2015
  33. ^ Government donation to Muslim Charities Forum denounced as "madness", Camilla Turner, Telegraph, 23 September 2014
  34. ^ Delmar-Morgan, Alex (2015-07-22). "Islamic charities in UK fear they are being unfairly targeted over extremism". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  35. ^ "Human Appeal International: an apology". The Jewish Chronicle. 30 May 2013.
  36. ^ "GPU 2013 Event Brochure". Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  37. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  38. ^ Ramchurn, Sheena (30 January 2017). "Winners are announced at the 5th annual British Muslim Awards 2017 presented by Al Rayan Bank". The Asian Today. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  39. ^ "BBC Local Live: Greater Manchester and east Cheshire on Thursday 26 January 2017". BBC News. 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  40. ^ "Sir Keir Starmer and Anna Soubry condemn "genocide" facing Rohingya at Eid reception in Parliament". Human Appeal. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  41. ^ "Supporting Human Appeal". Graham Brady MP Facebook. 2018-11-21. Retrieved 2021-05-24.