Activism and Human Rights Advocacy

The Middle East is often portrayed as an outlier when it comes to human rights, yet, the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the intense digital campaigning that followed proved that rights have become the popular language of protest. The locus of human rights is no longer exclusive to state or inter-state organizations but rather draws heavily upon civil society. The articulation of grievances by youth activists undeniably changed the landscape of domestic politics. Numerous organizations came forward defending several causes such as the promotion of prisoners’ rights, dissidents, women, the LGBT+  community, and the disenfranchised. The richness of activism in Middle East and North Africa (MENA)  relies not only on the groundbreaking work done but it also builds upon a large overseas diaspora. This blog features leading activists who actively advocate and contribute to the advancement of human rights in the Middle East. 

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