General: Solidarity gathering held for detained MENA WHRDs/HRDs in front of EU Parliament
On 13 June 2022, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) organised a gathering in front of the EU Parliament in Brussels in solidarity with the detained women/human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The gathering, which was entitled “Free all Detained Women/Human Rights Defenders in MENA - International Mechanisms including the UN & EU should act now!”, featured speeches by Khalid Ibrahim, Executive Director of GCHR, Alexis Deswaef, Vice President of FIDH, Abdullah Al-Maliki, a human rights defender from Qatar, and Leslie Piquemal, Senior EU Advocacy Representative for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS).
The four speakers sent a united call to all the oppressive governments in the MENA region to release detained WHRDs/HRDS and all other prisoners of conscience. Also, they called on the international mechanisms including the EU and UN systems to act immediately to ensure their release and ask governments in the MENA region to respect public freedoms including freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.
Pictures of detained human rights activists from countries across the MENA region were raised during the gathering and various people expressed solidarity with them during the event.