Human Rights Dialogue with Arab States

Sharing core norms and values
Jul 26, 2023 | German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are in a bad way. This conclusion, drawn from reports of organisations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Germany, is rejected by governments of Arab states. In their report for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Jannis Grimm and Stephan Roll call on German officials to be aware of these objections and to counter them proactively when they address human rights. The Ger­man government should engage the accusations of cultural imperialism and double standards, not least because these beliefs are widespread in Arab countries. The universal need to acknowledge human rights should be emphasised more strongly and the dialogue on human rights must be underpinned by concrete measures.

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