Arab Organization For Human Rights

Objectives and Mission: 

Call for respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens and individuals in Arab countries in accordance with provisions of international human rights instruments; defend any individual or group whose human rights are subjected to violations which are contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well al the other international human rights instruments; endeavour, regardless of political considerations, to obtain release of detained or imprisoned persons, and provide relief and assistance for persons whose freedom is restricted in any way or who are subject to coercion of any kind because of their beliefs and political convictions, or for reasons of race, sex, colour or language; protest in cases where a fair trial is not guaranteed; provide legal assistance where necessary and possible; call for improvements in conditions of prisoners of conscience; work for amnesty of persons sentenced for political reasons.

General description: 

Carries out fact finding missions to verify the human rights developments in the Arab region, and field missions in an effort to release political prisoners, in some cases as an observer and in other as a member of the defence panel. Receives complaints from individuals, groups and organizations and contacts the concerned authorities. In addition to the offering of legal assistance in several cases, the Organization provides financial assistance to families of victims. In coordination with Arab Lawyers' Union launched a campaign for 'Freedom for Prisoners of Conscience in the Arab World'. Conferences and seminars. Instrumental in setting up: Arab Human Rights Documentation and Information Network; Arab Institute for Human Rights.

Country Presence: 
Australia
Field of Interest: 
Human rights