Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF)




  • In 2004, Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) was established by EuroMed Rights, then called Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), which is a “network of more than 80 human rights organisations, institutions, and individuals based in 30 countries.”
  • EMHRF provides “strategic financial assistance” to “human rights defenders in difficulty or at risk, for the specific purpose of allowing them to pursue their activities, as well as to small human rights organisations or groups with the aim of strengthening their capacities in implementing innovative activities in the region.”
  • In 2016, EMHRF supported seven NGOs that claim to “report human rights violations, the involvement of Israeli and international companies in the occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories, and the destruction of houses and population displacement to the media, including social media, and UN mechanisms.”


Council of Representatives

  • EMHRF’s Council of Representatives advises the board on the budget of the Foundation, as well “the program for future actions.”
  • The “Honorary Representative for Palestine” is Maysa Zorob. Zorob previously worked for Al-Haq, “establish[ing] and manag[ing] the organization’s first European Office with a focus on EU human rights policies.”
  • A number of members of the Council are highly biased and politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Al-Haq, Al Mezan, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), Adalah, B’Tselem, and Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI).
    • Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights have ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel. On October 22, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared UAWC and Al-Haq “terror organizations” because they are part of “a network of organizations” that operates “on behalf of the ‘Popular Front’.”



2018-2021 Donations to EMHRF (amounts in €)

European Commission377,011716,289394,180541,217
Rockefeller Brothers Fund67,73540,813
National Endowment for Democracy (NED)67,50846,62452,49944,457
Sigrid Rausing Trust317,471319,77454,882222,124
Open Society Foundations414,386311,051367,338330,154


2020-2022 Funding to Israeli NGOs (amounts in NIS)

Amounts based on financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits

Combatants for Peace38,685
Human Rights Defenders Fund30,486
Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI)44,30044,300

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