About Us

Founded in 2018 on a fundamental commitment to human rights, HuMENA for Human Rights and Civic Engagement seeks to achieve a greater resident and non-resident MENA citizens engagement in the policymaking. HuMENA is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges MENA to live up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Law.


We believe that the mind sets of decision-makers on the value of engagement need to change, and the citizens participation in policymaking is essential to human rights protection and democracy, so we press the MENA governments, public institutions, and private companies to respect human rights and adopt a human rights-based approach through working on inducing change in power dynamics, strengthening accountability, promoting non-discrimination, and encouraging partnerships among NGOs in the region.


We know it is not enough to expose violations and protest injustice, so we work on creating the enabling environment for citizens engagement and activism, and we design policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting freedom of expression, combating governments attacks on civic space, re-engaging marginalized MENA diaspora activists, and defending the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, we focus not on making a point, but on making a change.


We recognize that empowering citizens to make their voices heard is not enough. We have to go beyond just listening to citizens; rather, we need to press governments in the region to build institutional systems that incorporate citizens voices in the decision-making processes, and thereby increase the responsiveness of governments policies to people’s real need.




HuMENA for Human Rights and Civic Engagement a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization registered and based in Brussels, with offices in MENA region.


Our Engagement Strategy


To achieve its goals, HuMENA adopts the following citizens engagement strategy:

·      Knowledge production: disclosing pro-actively information about laws and policies that directly affect our civil rights and freedom to expression, in line with good international standards.


·      Dialogue: engaging in dialogue with citizens and civil society in the region about strategic issues and relevant policies.


·      Evidence-based policy advocacy: engaging with citizens in a deliberate process of actions, based on demonstrated evidence, aiming to create, implement or change policies, laws, regulations or standards for the good of a larger group of people in MENA.


·      Consultations: conducting formal consultations with citizens and civil society in relation to major institutional strategic issues, projects and policies.


·      Co-operation and partnerships: pro-actively co-operating, raising awareness and transferring knowledge to local community groups (including informal groups of citizens) and civil society.



Our Core Values


·      Commitment to human rights

·      Accountability and Transparency

·      Gender equality

·      Responsibility

·      Confidentiality

·      Diversity and inclusion

·      Non-discrimination

·      Respect for others

·      Networking and partnerships

·      Performance and team working

·      Peace culture and pluralism

·      Serving the people in equal approach



Our Team


Sarah Sheikh Ali

Executive Director


Mostafa Fouad

Senior Programs Director


Mohammad Ali Maghabat

Development and Outreach


Sarah Gebrael



Jihene Arbi

Legal Researcher


Mohammad Farahat

Legal Advisor


Celine Merhej

Research and Coordination



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

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