Commentary

The Egyptian Political Dialogue: Renewed Hope or Mere Façade?

The last time the presidential pardon committee was active, its members were but marionettes arranged to put on a show with no decision-making power. In my firsthand experience as a six-year political prisoner in Egypt, I witnessed the true backstage puppeteers: the state security officers. Why does the opposition play along then? Because they simply view this as a temporary opening to have some political prisoners freed before the door shuts again.

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.

When Stories Break Free

Through six years and three months as a political prisoner in Egypt, I had undergone countless moments, cinematic scenes I thought only occurred on screens and theaters, never imagining them to be this real, let alone experience them. The fury raging in my chest does not solely stem from this fact though, but rather the way I’m witnessing our stories distorted, rewritten and intentionally shrouded by state propaganda.

Explainers

Algeria’s Multipronged Crackdown on the Hirak

Renewed Hirak demonstrations have been met with repressive tactics by Algerian security services and backed by strict new laws.

Detention During COVID-19: What MENA Governments Are, Aren’t, and...

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), countries are taking measures in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. These national responses have included the creation of emergency hotlines, awareness campaigns, stay-at-home orders, and curfews. There is one underemphasized issue that will remain central to a country’s success in “flattening the curve”: detention.

Reports & Briefs

TIMEP and CPJ: Joint UPR Submission on Press Freedom...

TIMEP and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have submitted a joint stakeholder report ahead of the third cycle of Lebanon’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), set to take place in January and February 2021. 

TIMEP Brief: Export of Surveillance to MENA Countries

The export of surveillance technology to MENA governments has led to violations of the rights to life, privacy, and freedom of speech, among others, imperiling journalists, activists, and researchers.

TIMEP Brief: Use of Surveillance Technology in MENA

MENA governments continue to purchase, weaponize, and employ surveillance technology, regardless of the fact that abuses related to use have been credibly documented.

Projects

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.