“…on the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, with all its positives and negatives, its accomplishments and relapses, I would like to reveal that I have lost and won…succeeded and failed… hoped and lost hope.”
On July 19, 2021, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joined a global coalition of 16 organizations to call for the release of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer ahead of his 41st birthday on July 20.
The trial in Koblenz, which led to the conviction of a former regime official earlier this year, may represent a first step, or “a drop in the ocean,” towards what it will take to achieve justice for Syrians.
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) centers localized perspectives in the policy discourse to foster transparent, accountable, and just societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Local experts and advocates bring a unique and nuanced understanding of developments, challenges, and opportunities on the ground, yet their perspectives are often systematically cut off from the policymaking community due to issues of access, resource, and capacity.
TIMEP’s programming and advocacy work to ensure that these localized perspectives are heard, strengthened, and protected. Specifically, TIMEP is:
Egyptian institutions do not officially recognize some religious minorities. As a result these minorities do not receive a set of basic constitutional rights, most notably the freedom of religion, belief, opinion and expression. In addition, their followers are subject to ongoing surveillance and prosecution on the pretext of their illegal activities.
It is worth mentioning that Egypt is a religious diverse country. In addition to the Muslim majority and recognized Christians and Jews, there are other unrecognized minority communities, including the Baha’is, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and some Muslim minorities, including the Shiites, Quranists, and Ahmadis, who are not recognized by official and religious institutions. (more…)