Commentary

Inside Egypt’s Feminist Washing

In recent years, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime has been pushing a selective implementation of feminist ideals and women’s rights to conceal its ever-worsening human rights record in Egypt. This “feminist-washing” propaganda claims to promote women’s rights to cover up the regime’s widespread human rights abuses. Sisi is quick to take all the credit for every feminist progress in the country, sidelining decades-long work of feminist groups and individuals fighting for a more progressive feminist policy. By portraying himself as the “male savior,” he is enforcing the misconceived idea that women are weak victims who need protection.

Delivering Change: Responding to Lebanon’s Fuel Crisis with Innovation 

The extreme financial stresses experienced by Lebanese households has prompted a big shift in the way people move. Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, has seen an increase in the use of alternative and cheaper modes of transport, with an increase in the use of buses and bicycles. Given the severity of the situation, these changes can be expected to continue for a foreseeable future.

When Will the Climate Movement Take a Stand on...

Until the human rights situation in Egypt sees drastic improvements ahead of November’s conference, COP 27 risks losing all credibility in proving its commitment to the well-being of vulnerable communities around the world. Human rights and environmental justice are inextricably connected, and if the global climate movement does not properly mobilize support for human rights in Egypt, the ethical and reputational consequences will be drastic, threatening the success of local-to-global climate action in the Global South going forward.

Explainers

The Beirut Port Explosion Comes to U.S. Court

Almost two years since one of the world’s largest non-nuclear explosions destroyed the Beirut port and upended the lives of the city’s residents following decades of government corruption and negligence, on July 11, 2022, a group of nine of the blast’s victims turned to the U.S. judicial system for recourse. What does this case allege? And how does it fit in with ongoing efforts by lawyers, civil society organizations, victims’ groups, and other stakeholders to achieve accountability?

The Path to Tunisia’s 2022 Constitutional Referendum

Tunisia is preparing for a constitutional referendum set to take place on July 25, 2022, exactly one year after the country’s President Kais Saied set the country on an alarming trajectory. This explainer unpacks how Saied has spent the last year dismantling the independence of the judicial and legislative branches and expanding his executive authority, and details how he threatens to make permanent these steps in a new constitution.

How Russia’s War in Ukraine is Impacting the MENA...

As the war in Ukraine has been raging for over four months, there are growing concerns on its long-term effects on the countries from the MENA region that are particularly vulnerable due to crises that predate the Russian invasion. This article offers an overview of the impact the war has had on the region in terms of food security, fuel prices, and vulnerability.

Reports & Briefs

Egyptians in Exile: Activism and Organizing Abroad Since 2013

More than eleven years since Egyptians took to the streets in what became the January 25 Revolution, the conversation about the positionality of Egyptians in exile is front and center. Who has left the country? Why did they leave? How have they organized politically? How have Egyptian authorities responded to the growing presence of Egyptian […]

TIMEP and CPJ: Joint UPR Advocacy Fact Sheet on...

In an effort to comprehensively address the deterioration of press freedom in Lebanon, this fact sheet proposes recommendations relevant to both the country’s legal framework and its violative practices.

Targeting the last line of defense: Egypt’s attacks against...

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and TIMEP present a joint briefing paper which documents a course of conduct by state institutions in Egypt that aims to weaken and curtail the legal profession, and thereby dismantle the last line of defense against the government’s sustained crackdown on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Projects

In partnership with Tree Media’s Need to Know (N2K) project, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) has produced a video series unpacking the diplomatic conflict related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) situated on the Blue Nile River. Since construction on GERD began in early 2011, it has been a political flashpoint between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, with each nation staking out competing claims about how GERD poses either an opportunity or a threat to their respective countries.

Ten years ago, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood in the middle of traffic, shouted “How do you expect me to make a living?” and set himself on fire, catalyzing popular protests in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and creating a lens through which advocates, scholars, and policymakers understand the region until today.

TIMEP’s new Syria Unpacked project highlights and explores the significance of these concerns for the country’s future trajectory. The project is premised on the belief that understanding the impact of ongoing dynamics in Syria requires a comprehensive perspective on the interplay between political, human rights, security, economic, and legal challenges.