Commentary

Politics, Society and Public Morals: How Does a “Debauchery”...

Egyptian authorities have been weaponizing legal articles to govern morality in society. Most notably, these are articles related to “debauchery” charges dating from 1961, as well as articles related to family values and the 2018 cybercrime law. From the criminalization of sex work, to the prosecution of the LGBTQ+ community, and the more recent TikTok girls, the Egyptian state has worked to undermine constitutional and international protections to prosecute people based on this skewed concept of morality.

The IMF: No Silver Bullet for Lebanon

Facing political, social, and economic collapse and the unexpected results of last weekend’s parliamentary elections, Lebanon has arrived at a crossroads, and its inhabitants are locked in a debtor’s prison. Current discourse frames the IMF process as the country’s only and last option to try to recover from this collapse. However, Lebanon’s only choice is to no longer limit itself to this path.

The Assad Regime’s Post-Conflict Narrative in the International Arena

During the sixth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria, which is currently taking place, the EU needs to address the new narrative promoted by the Syrian regime that the country is now entering a post-conflict phase. A comprehensive and clear response to this narrative will set the stage for the future policies of the EU toward Syria in relation to political normalization, refugees’ return, and the accountability and justice agenda.

Explainers

The Prosecution of a Syrian Regime Doctor in Germany:...

Shedding light on the Syrian regime’s systematic and widespread policy of torture, the Alaa M. case will address new aspects of the regime’s violations, focusing on the violations of doctors and medical workers within the state-sponsored torture system.

Egypt Lifted its State of Emergency: What Now?

After more than four years, Egypt has lifted its state of emergency, but concerns remain.

Joint Submission: Egypt’s CEDAW Review

As Egypt’s record on women’s human rights and gender equality issues came under CEDAW review, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) compiled a joint submission that highlights a series of timely issues impacting women in Egypt, from law to practice.

Reports & Briefs

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.

Legal Guide: Effective Communication Between the Lawyer and Defendant...

TIMEP releases “Effective Communication between the Lawyer and Defendant and the Right to a Fair Trial: A Guide for Lawyers in Egypt,” authored by human rights lawyer and legal researcher Adel Ramadan. 

Projects

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.

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) offers its Egypt Parliament Watch project. Building on the success of its original Legislation Tracker and Parliamentary Election Projects, Egypt Parliament Watch monitors trends and developments in Egypt’s legislative body. Issuing reports, analyses, and regular briefings, the project:

TIMEP’s Transitional Justice Project (TJP) is an innovative, timely project that addresses crucial issues at the heart of the transitions in the Middle East and fills an important knowledge gap on these issues.