Who We Are?

The long running conflicts in Middle East have destroyed countries ‘assets including infrastructures and engulfed many lives while displacements still to continue due to the periodically sliding conflicts and the rapidly political changes in the region. These changes caused mass destruction of public and private sectors, and weakness in administrations. As a result, violations of human rights are increasing on a daily basis in MENA region, and unfortunately, the law which is supposed to protect us, is becoming a burden to exercise our basic rights, or worse, even a threat.

In response to that, Humena for Human Rights and Civic Engagement came to light in April 2018 by a group of human rights experts and civil society actors and academicians from Middle East and North Africa.

Humena aims to advocate the adoption of human rights-based approach (RBA) through applying change to power relations, strengthen accountability, promote non-discrimination, and strengthen partnerships among NGOs in the region. Through promoting the integration of RBA in policy making, governance, and programs, the protection of the most marginalized groups’ rights will be amplified and their involvement in decision making will be granted. This will be achieved by applying the human rights principles, the integration of human rights standards into all stages of programming framework, the use of international human rights standards and norms to increase accountability, the participation of social groups, and the empowerment of civil society organizations, human rights education, and advocacy to support the victims of human rights violations.

Humena also supports Democracy and democratic transitions in Middle East and advocates protection for all human being to create positive environment for civil activism and civic engagement throughout Middle East.

Our Vision

MENA region where all citizens and residents enjoy a democratic, just and equitable environment that values and protects the rights of everyone

Our Mission

Working on protecting all individuals and groups rights in Middle East and North Africa, especially the most vulnerable and promoting human rights, civil liberties, freedom of expression and participation that are essential for social stabilization, durable peace, and active citizenship.

– Our Values

  • Commitment to human rights
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Gender equality
  • Responsibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Respect for others
  • Networking and partnerships
  • Performance and team working
  • Peace culture and pluralism
  • Serving the people in equal approach


  • To promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all individuals and groups in the MENA region
  • To support the local human rights defenders and facilitate their work
  • To advocate on policies which affect human rights, and work to end all kinds of crimes and conflicts, and support access to justice for the affected communities and individuals.
  • To support and promote the involvement of civil society in policy making in MENA region, especially in post conflict settings.
  • To work cohesively through building local and regional partnerships and to coordinate with concerned parties to support the achievement of the above-mentioned objectives.

Board of Trustees

Salam Kawakibi
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Rouba Mhaissen
Board Member
Ahmed Samih
Board Member
Feryel Charfedine
Board Member
Muzna Duraid
Board Member

Senior Leadership

Sarah Sheik Ali
Executive Director
Mostafa Fouad
Deputy Director
Mohammad Ali Moghabat
Development and Outreach
Sarah Gebrael
Jihene Arbi
Legal Researcher
Mohammad Farahat
Legal Advisor
Celine Merhej
Research & Coordination