Who we are
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.
Following the launch of the Barcelona Process in 1995, a group of human rights activists from both sides of the Mediterranean believed that they could make a positive impact on the human rights situation by creating a civil society network, linking up the Barcelona Process to Human Rights NGOs operating in the region.
EuroMed Rights was one of the first international organisations to officially establish an office in Tunisia following the ousting of Ben Ali. Now a Maghreb Office, the ambition is to assist members and emerging civil society develop their work in a new Tunisia and elswhere in the Maghreb. Thus, EuroMed Rights has become a key partner for civil society capacity building across the country, facilitating dialogue between local civil society, government institutions. Having established its credibility on both sides of the Mediterranean, EuroMed Rights is now widely recognised as a key organisation for civil society and decision-makers alike.
In 2012, the General Assembly elected Michel Tubiana, Honorary President of the French Human Rights League as its new president.
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.
For more in formation on how to contact a member of staff or on any given theme/country we cover, please visit our page: Contact Us
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.
For more information, read the following documents (or scroll through all our Core documents on our e-library):
- Strategy Paper 2012 - 2018
- Work programme 2015 - 2017 (adopted at the 2015 Generaly Assembly)
- Activity Report 2016
- Acticity Report 2015
The members of the Executive Committee (EC) are elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years, and they may be re-elected for two further terms. EC members are also appointed as political referents for different focus areas, thus acting as the link between the Working Groups and the EC.
The EC gives guidelines for EuroMed Rights' activities and consults with the members on important issues relating to the Network policy in between General Assemblies (every three years). As stipulated in EuroMed Rights statutes, the EC strives to be composed of equal numbers of men and women. The President and Vice-President may not be of the same sex.
Among other things, the EC is responsible for:
- Preparing the program of activities and budgets to be submitted to the General Assembly meeting;
- Submitting the Network’s annual Report of Activities and annual Financial Reports;
- Creating working committees, and establish ad hoc or permanent working groups to design specific policies and programs and ensure the effective delivery of the mandate/agenda of the Network;
- Implementing the EuroMed Rights Policy Paper on Gender Equality
- Overseeing the work of the various Network structures or Working groups;
- Enhance and facilitate communication among the members of the Network.
Read the last EC meetings minutes here.
The Executive Committee, elected at the General Assembly in 2015 (June 12-14), is composed by the following members:
Nabia Haddouche is the President of the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM). She is also member of several networks, coalitions and committees working both at national and regional levels, for the promotion of the women’s rights. Her main working areas are education and training in gender equality and women’s rights.
Isaías Barreñada is a member of the Executive Committee of Spanish member SUDS (formerly known as ACSUR). At the national level, Isaías works as a MENA specialist on economic and social rights with associations and trade unions. At the international level, he works on human rights of populations in conflict situations as well as minority and women’s rights.
Søs Nissen is working as the Programme manager for the MENA region at Dignity, Denmark. She has worked for 10 years with the Danish anti-torture NGO to support human rights work against torture in the region. Prior to that, she was active on Danish advocacy and solidarity work to support the Palestinian cause for many years.
Raffaella Bolini is a social activists committed in social movements for peace, democracy and rights since many years ago. She is the Coordinator for International Relations of Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana (ARCI) in Italy, the Vice president of European Civic Forum, and member of the Board of Solidar. In addition, she is member of the World Social Forum International Council.
Wadih Al-Asmar is co-founder and Secretary General of the movement SOLIDA (support of Lebanese detained arbitrarily) and CLDH (Lebanese center for human rights) in Lebanon. He is also a co-founder and secretary general of the FEMED (euro-Mediterranean federation against enforced disappearance). His main areas of expertise are the fight against enforced disappearances, National Reconciliation, Justice in countries on transition, the fight against impunity and against torture.
Messaoud Romdhani is a founding member and vice-president of the newly admitted member Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES). He also acts as vice-president of the Tunisian Human Rights League. In 2008, he was the spokesperson for the Committee supporting the mining region revolt. He is currently the publication director at the Committee for the Respect of Liberties and Human Rights in Tunisia (CRLDHT).
Catherine Teule is the Vice President of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH). She also worked at the French Human Rights League (LDH) as a General Secretary first, then as the Vice President. Now, she’s particularly interested in issues concerning the right of asylum and migration. She publishes articles and briefings on these themes, and provides training sessions and debates at community and trade union level.
The General Assembly is the supreme body of EuroMed Rights and meets every three years to decide on:
- Election of president and members of the executive committee;
- Admission and exclusion of members;
- Amendment of the Statutes;
- Adoption of activity and financial reports;
- The general direction of the Network;
- Adoption of activity programmes on the basis of recommendations submitted by the Executive Committee;
- Provisional budgets;
- Membership fees;
- Conferral of honorary status on individuals upon recommendations from the Executive Committee.