ABOUT US

The MESOPOTAMIA OBSERVATORY OF JUSTICE / ÇAVDÊRIYA DADWERÎ YA MEZOPOTAMYA is a Non-governmental Organisation that campaigns for access to justice for victims of international crimes and gross violations of human rights in the Middle East. It was formed in Geneva in September 2018 by a group of experts in International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Middle Eastern politics with the aim of promoting and supporting the use of international legal mechanisms to challenge political repression and impunity.

We are conducting a range of activities designed to secure access to justice for victims, expose egregious practices, establish accountability, obtain reparations, and to defend human rights and the rule of law. We work with victims and local legal actors in every country in the Middle East. 

Our core activities include monitoring and research, advocacy and strategic litigation, and legal training, across a range of thematic areas, including: the protection of habitat, cultural heritage and civilian infrastructure; the destruction of homes and forced displacement; extrajudicial killings; torture; political persecution; children’s rights; women’s rights; transitional justice. 

We have an extensive programme of strategic human rights litigation across these priority areas, with individual complaints and communications submitted to INTERPOL, the EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS and to various UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS. We are also organizing a series of events and publications to enable the sharing of best practice on the use of international legal mechanisms to combat international crimes and gross violations of human rights. 

Aims and Objectives

(a) To shed light on the nature of gross human rights violations and international crimes committed in the Middle East, both in the recent past and the present.

(b) To develop local and regional awareness of the mechanisms of public international available to challenge gross human rights violations and international crimes.

(c) To improve the protection of human rights and the enforcement of international humanitarian law during conflicts and emergencies, and to assist all efforts in favour of conflict resolution, including the adoption of political settlements and post-conflict mechanisms.

(d) To improve the protection of habitat and heritage, including sites and assets, and the prospects of legal redress against persons, groups or States responsible for causing damage and destruction.

We are preparing a series of events in support of special projects, including a stakeholder conference, academic seminars and local engagement with lawyers and NGOs in our target region. We are committed to collaborative and inter-disciplinary thinking and action. We work in solidarity with and in support of repressed lawyers and human rights defenders and are focused on developing sustainable cooperation with organizations pursuing similar objectives, wherever they may be.

(e) To advance the juridical work and debate for a non-patriarchal society based on ecological principles, the protection of nature, social justice, direct democracy and solidarity economy.

We are preparing a series of events in support of special projects, including a stakeholder conference, academic seminars and local engagement with lawyers and NGOs in our target region. We are committed to collaborative and inter-disciplinary thinking and action. We work in solidarity with and in support of repressed lawyers and human rights defenders and are focused on developing sustainable cooperation with organizations pursuing similar objectives, wherever they may be.