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Good News On Euro-Med Monitor’s Joint Efforts Towards Ceasing Human Rights Violations – March 2021

As of the end of March 2021, as the world is still
struggling to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, some
governments are still taking advantage of the states of
emergency to crack down on activists and opponents. Not to
mention, the pandemic has not prevented the continuation of
armed attacks on civilians in the Arab world over the last
year, while rates of domestic violence have increased
dramatically due to home quarantine measures and their

However, despite the continuing
large-scale violations in the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA), it is important to recognize the small steps that
would – in the long term – bring about considerable
steps towards ending the violations and redress of the

During March, our team worked alongside
partner organizations to bring about real change on the way
of ceasing violations and attacks on fundamental freedoms in
both the MENA region and Europe. Now, it is our delight to
bring to you some good news about some of those


-On March 3, the Prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to open an
official investigation into war crimes and crimes against
humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). This
decision allows investigating Israeli officials and soldiers
for the violations they were involved in the

Euro-Med Monitor had documented several Israeli
violations in the oPt, addressing relevant international
bodies to pressure ICC to investigate those crimes, which
took place in territories under its jurisdiction, and hold
Israel account.

-On March 24, the United Nations Human
Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution calling on Israel
to immediately comply with its obligations under
international law towards the population in the oPt and
ensure there is no discrimination against the Palestinian
population in distributing the Coronavirus

Since the start of the vaccination campaign
in Israel, Euro-Med Monitor has called for international
pressure to compel Israel to provide vaccines to the
Palestinian population in the oPt. Euro-Med Monitor also
addressed HRC in an oral statement on March 20 to urge
Israel to stop discriminating against the Palestinian


On March 11, the European
Parliament adopted a resolution condemning human rights
violations in Bahrain, most prominently death sentences
against political activists, including Muhammad Ramadan and
Hussein Musa.

In September 2020, Euro-Med Monitor
issued a detailed report on the unfair death sentences in
Bahrain, and the Bahraini authorities’ violations against
prisoners of conscience such as extracting confessions from
them under torture. Euro-Med Monitor corresponded with the
concerned UN organizations and the UN Special Rapporteur on
torture and addressed international bodies such as the
European Parliament and the European Union member states to
pressure the Bahraini authorities to stop their


On March 24, the Moroccan
authorities released prominent historian and human rights
defender Maati Munjib who was arrested for activism in
popular movement known as “Hirak Al-Rif”.

Over the
past months, Euro-Med Monitor had documented violations
committed by the authorities in their dealings with Hirak
Al-Rif activists and protesters, revealing the poor
conditions of detention the detainees had to go through. As
a result, the General Directorate of Prison and
Reintegration Administration issued a statement to clarify
the situation inside prisons.

Euro-Med Monitor had
called on the authorities to unconditionally release Hirak
Al-Rif detainees, and respect citizens’ guaranteed rights to
express opinion and peaceful assembly.



On March 28, the Jordanian
authorities released the “March 24th” popular movement
detainees on bail after they were arrested for participating
in the protests calling for political reform and fighting

Euro-Med Monitor had called on the
Jordanian authorities to immediately and unconditionally
release the detainees and respect the rights of the
demonstrators to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful


-On March 28, the Greek
Migration Minister announced the start of vaccinating
migrants and asylum seekers in the camps next May, though
the government had been refusing to include this group in
the anti-COVID-19 vaccination program for months.

March 22, Euro-Med Monitor addressed the Greek government to
include asylum seekers and migrants in the vaccination
program, as they are the most vulnerable groups considering
the difficult conditions where they live.

-The Frontex Scrutiny Working Group set up
by the European Parliament to investigate the violations of
the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) issued
a final decision confirming the existence of flaws in the
agency’s monitoring and reporting system.

Monitor published a comprehensive report in mid-January
highlighting the excessive and worrying independence enjoyed
by Frontex. The European Union had expanded its role and
increased its budget and staff without clear legal limits,
and without regard to the illegal activities it carried out
against migrants and asylum seekers.

Euro-Med Monitor
addressed the European Union to take effective steps to hold
Frontex accountable for its violations against migrants and
asylum seekers, establish a monitoring mechanism to monitor
violations on EU’s external borders, and to impose strict
control on Frontex’s practices.



On March 29, the Algerian
authorities released seven protesters who had been arrested
for their participation in the popular movement

Euro-Med Monitor had called on the
Algerian authorities to immediately release them and all the
popular movement’s

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