Mervat Rishmawi - Human Rights Consultant: Research, Training and Policy Analysis
Mervat Rishmawi, MENA human rights consultant, MENA strategic planning, MENA needs assessment and trainingAbout me
I am a human rights researcher committed to the Middle East and North Africa. I collaborate directly with many prominent organisations based in or working on the region.
I have recently been working on economic and social rights; the 2030 Development Agenda; and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

I also work on the rights of detainees, fair trials, prevention of torture and ill-treatment, the death penalty, freedoms of expression and association, children’s rights, and women’s rights. 

I also specialise on the League of Arab States, its human rights standards and mechanisms including the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

 I hold an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex, UK.   


Board/ Council member/ Trustee

  • International Bar Association Human Rights Institute  (IBAHRI) 
  • Palestine Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR)  
  • Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) 
  • Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL)
  • Journal of Human Rights Practice (JHRP)


Work experience 

I am currently an independent human rights consultant carrying out various projects related to human rights situation in the Middle East and North Africa.  

For over 30 years, I have worked in different capacities with many prominent national and international organisations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR), Amnesty International, UN ESCWA, Open Society Foundations, and Al-Haq.   

I was the Legal Adviser to the Middle East and North Africa at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International for 10 years. I was also a Senior Policy Analyst for the Open Society Foundations.   

I am fluent in both Arabic and English.   

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Mervat Rishmawi, MENA human rights consultant, MENA strategic planning, MENA needs assessment and training
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