EuroMed Rights is a strategic partner of the Foundation and hosts its Secretariat in Copenhagen. It is a network of more than 80 human rights organisations, institutions and individuals based in about 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Created in 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Network adheres to universal human rights principles and strongly believes in the value of cooperation and dialogue across and within borders.
EuroMed Rights promotes networking, cooperation and development of partnerships between human rights NGOs, activists and wider civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean region. EuroMed Rights acts as a regional forum for human rights NGOs and a pool of expertise on promotion and protection of human rights in the region.
More information on: www.euromedrights.org/eng
Differences and complementarities between the Foundation and EuroMed Rights:
The Foundation and EuroMed Rights have different mandates but their actions complement each other:
|Mandate||Political support||Financial support|
|– While EuroMed Rights works to promote policy development in the field of human rights in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Foundation aims at providing tangible support to local groups and defenders who promote themselves respect for human rights in their countries, according to regional and international human rights standards.
– While EuroMed Rights provides capacity building support to its members through publishing thematic researches and providing trainings on issues such as the ENP, gender mainstreaming, etc., the Foundation provides financial support in order to reinforce the human and operational capacities of local human rights groups to implement their human rights activities on a more professional basis in the field.
– While EuroMed Rights publicizes urgent alerts in cases of deterioration of human rights conditions and when its members are in danger, the Foundation supports financially all possible human rights groups and defenders at risk, when financial support is needed.
|Geographicalarea of intervention||EU member states & Mediterranean partner countries of the EU (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Israel and Turkey)||Southern countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Israel)|
|Target groups||All its members in the Euro-Med region||All human rights activists and NGOs in the South-Mediterranean region|
|Structure & Functioning||Decision-making body: General Assembly, composed of EuroMed Rights’ ordinary members (membership-based)||Decision-making body: Board, composed of twelve nominated individuals widely recognized for their expertise and experience in the field of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa|
|Communication & information sharing||EuroMed Rights aims at publicizing its research and its actions in the promotion and protection of human rights in the EuroMed region.||The Foundation aims at keeping all its interventions confidential due to the possible risks faced by its partners in the region.|
|– The Foundation has direct access to the members of EuroMed Rights and is therefore in a position to take advantage of a unique, highly qualified source of knowledge and quickly obtain the detailed and reliable information it needs to pursue its work, thus improving the quality and targeting of its interventions.
– The Foundation may have access to specific and detailed information pertaining to the situation of human rights defenders, the functioning, mandate and operations of local human rights organizations outside the membership of EuroMed Rights.
– As a principle, both EuroMed Rights and the Foundation share information pertaining to their respective activities in order to further implement strategies aimed at promoting and protecting human rights in the South-Mediterranean region. This sharing of information is also facilitated due to the fact that the headquarters of both organizations are located in the same premises.
|Location||The Foundation’s headquarters are hosted by EuroMed Rights in Copenhagen.|