Insan’s advocacy efforts consist of the following:
- Monitoring human rights transgressions by governments, political or militant groups, institutions, and military or law enforcement agencies in MENA countries. We then follow up cases in the field as they develop while exchanging information with other organisations.
- Providing the media with independent local and international experts specialising in human rights issues (such as genocide, gender, prisoners of conscience, or freedom of speech, among others) in addition to those with expertise in issues of development and democracy. Their role is not only to convey the topic to the media, but also to provide analysis and spotlight the steps that can be taken by both international institutions and the international community while also identifying consequences or impediments.
- Meeting with the appropriate human rights stakeholders in relevant parliaments, the EU (collectively or individual states), and the US. Our meetings with elected representatives or groups aim to lobby and influence the process of presenting official questions or tabling formal questions to their governments on the issue of human rights violations. Our task is also to meet with decision makers at high levels to encourage the formulation of foreign policies with a more human character.
- Addressing specific individual cases of violations of people’s rights through approaching governments and influential country players to achieve best results.
- Developing considered analyses through our advocacy team prior to going public with any campaign or information, always keeping any victim’s best interests our priority.
- Embedding individual cases of violations into our broader international lobbying programme. This means that we maintain the focus on real individuals and not only on specific campaigns.
Our broader advocacy projects include, but are not limited to:
- Genocide and crimes against humanity: lobbying against the bloody crackdown in Syria
- Capital punishment: monitoring the application of death sentences, on both general and individual levels, to young people, sexual minorities, human rights defenders, and others
- Gender: monitoring the introduction of legislation affecting gender issues in Arab states, whether in their civil or criminal codes
- Front line opinion-makers and defenders: monitoring and intervening regarding violations against human rights defenders, journalists, political opponents, and other individuals whose freedoms and liberties are affected by an environment of politicised judicial procedures and processes.
- Human rights organisations and activists: promoting meaningful dialogue and awareness in order to advance the agenda on human rights issues in the region by engaging key players
Based on the sensitivity and requirements of each specific issue, we decide whether the best approach requires an Insan collective organisational approach, or a local partnership focus. The latter focus includes but is not limited to:
- Air time on local media networks
- Time-coordinated articles by experts in local newspapers
- Television and radio advertisements, social media activism techniques and resources, involving interested bloggers and other activists
- Providing a voice and platform for isolated activists and organisations operating under the constraints of emergency law frameworks
- Assisting grassroots organisations in making their voices heard by providing advice, channels, and suitable contacts on how to best maximise the impact of their stories and messages in the regional and international media.