EuroMed Rights is a network of more than 80 organisations, institutions and individuals located in 30 countries in Europe and the South of the Mediterranean promoting human rights and equal cooperation between civil society in the region. Rooted in civil society, EuroMed Rights seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the Euro-Mediterranean region, advocate for human rights values and develop capacities in this regard.
BHRC has been a member of EuroMed Rights since 2001, and at the General Assembly in 2018, Dr Theodora Christou was elected to the Executive Committee of EuroMed Rights for three years. BHRC co-Vice Chair Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh serves on the Palestine, Israel and the Palestinian territory (PIP) Working Group.
EuroMed Rights has its headquarters in Copenhagen and other offices in Brussels, Paris and Tunis (Maghreb Office). EuroMed Rights prides itself on its dedicated and diverse staff committed to the promotion and respect of human rights in the region.
In 2018, the General Assembly elected Wadih Al-Asmar from the Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) as its new President.
The mission of EuroMed Rights is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reform in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Rooted in civil society, the network develops and strengthens partnerships between non-governmental organisations (NGOs), disseminates human rights values, advocates for them and increases the capabilities of local partners in this regard.
EuroMed Rights’ vision is to serve as a leading human rights forum in the region, and a major source of knowledge and action on human rights and democratic reform.
According to EuroMed Rights’ statutes, the key objectives of the organisation are:
- To support and promote the universal principles of human rights as established by all the international instruments.
- To support the development of democratic institutions and the rule of law, in particular freedom of association, equality between men and women, sustainable development and respect for economic and social rights.
- To fight against discrimination, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- To support existing NGOs to strengthen civil society and support, assist and co-ordinate the efforts of its members.
- To support the creation of new and autonomous NGOs.
- To support and protect human rights defenders whose rights are violated.
- To promote human rights education and act in favour of peace and the right of peoples to manage their own destinies.
- To promote dialogue and solidarity between peoples and cultures in the region.
More information about EuroMed Rights and its work can be found on its website: https://euromedrights.org/