Overview

Caabu is one of the most active NGOs working on the Middle East in the British parliament. We aim to create a more constructive and positive UK foreign policy towards the region by supporting human rights, international law and democracy.

Our roots can be traced back to parliament itself, with the organisation formed in 1967 by a group of MPs. We currently include over 100 members in the House of Commons and House of Lords. In addition we act as the secretariat of three All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) – Britain-Palestine, Jordan and Qatar.

Our advocacy programme helps to ensure that parliamentarians are kept fully briefed on the latest developments in the Middle East, whilst our highly successful series of delegations allows MPs and Peers to visit the region and the experience its key issues at first hand.

At present Caabu is working on a number of critical issues effecting Arab-British relations including:

  • events in Syria, Libya, and Yemen 
  • the continued occupation of the Palestinian Territories, including the siege of the Gaza, settlement expansion and freedom of movement in the West Bank
  • the challenges facing Syrian and Palestinian refugees including coming to the UK
  • the situation in Iraq, Lebanon, North Africa and the Gulf
  • the issue of democratic reform across the Middle East

For more information on our advocacy work, please contact our Parliamentary Officer, Joseph Willits on willitsj@caabu.org.