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Solidarity with Egyptian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express solidarity with the bloggers, journalists, human rights defenders, and other civil society members in Egypt who have been arrested with unprecedented frequency in recent weeks. The current escalation is the latest installment in the government’s sustained crackdown on civil society, which initially intensified with the 2011 NGO trial, or Case 173, that was reopened in March 2016. We are

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TIMEP Strongly Condemns Escalated Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society and Activists

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) strongly condemns the unprecedented escalation in the Egyptian government’s crackdown on civil society and activists. A series of arrests targeting activists, bloggers, journalists and human rights defenders on charges of belonging to terror groups and incitement against the state have been made over the past several weeks. The most recent case is that of blogger and rights activist Wael Abbas,

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Solidarity with Ahmed Naji: Egypt Prosecutes Creativity and Freedom of Expression

UPDATE: April 24, 2018 On Tuesday, April 24, it was reported that the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Ahmed Naji to an LE20,000 fine on charges of “harming public morality.” The decision comes following the Court of Cassation’s order for a retrial last May. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) continues to call on the Egyptian government to adhere to its domestic and international obligations to guarantee freedom of expression.

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TIMEP Announces Selection of Fifth TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Oumayma Ben Abdallah as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Ms. Ben Abdallah is the fifth recipient of the fellowship and will undertake research on personal freedoms in Tunisia when she commences her fellowship in January 2018. You can read Ms. Ben Abdallah’s full bio here. “I am very proud to be welcoming Oumayma to TIMEP this January.

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TIMEP Condemns Attack on North Sinai Mosque

Update November 26, 2017: The death toll in Friday's attack on the Sufi Rawda mosque in Bir al-Abd in Egypt’s North Sinai has now reached 305, with 128 injured. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) continues to offer its condolences to victims and their families, condemn the attack, and call upon the Egyptian government to review its counter-terror policies. *** The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) offers condolences

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TIMEP Condemns Escalation of Egyptian Authorities’ Crackdown on LGBT Community

UPDATE: On Thursday, October 12, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local nongovernmental organization, reported that the number of those arrested has climbed to 65 with 20 people receiving jail sentences varying from six months to six years, two acquitted, and two released; the rest continue to await sentencing. TIMEP condemns these sentences as part of the Egyptian government’s persecution of the LGBT community and assault on freedom

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Illuminating Policies and Perspectives of Syria’s Women: TIMEP and News Deeply Launch Partnership to Deliver Reports and Policy Briefs

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce a partnership with News Deeply that seeks to amplify narratives of Syrian women and to examine relevant local and international policies through a six-part series, Syria's Women: Policies and Perspectives. This project aims to disrupt narratives of victimhood, providing in-depth analysis of critical issues facing both women who have fled the violence and those who have remained,

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Statement on Inaccessibility of TIMEP’s Website in Egypt

UPDATE: TIMEP is happy to report that as of Wednesday, July 26, its website is accessible in Egypt. The reason behind the site’s denied access remains unclear. TIMEP will continue to monitor the site’s accessibility and communicate developments as needed. · · · On Tuesday, July 25, it came to the attention of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy that its website (www.timep.org) is no longer accessible in Egypt. While TIMEP is unaware

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Eshhad Launches as a Nonprofit to Continue Its Documentation and Research of Minority Rights in the Middle East

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and Eshhad are pleased to announce that after two years of a successful incubation and partnership, Eshhad has incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the District of Columbia as Eshhad: The Center for the Protection of Minorities. Over the past four years, Eshhad has documented and researched sectarianism in an effort to provide a crucial tool to understanding the roots of sectarian violence

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Joint Statement – “Egypt: Stop the Onslaught Against Civil Society”

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy has signed on to the following statement, which was initiated and coordinated by CIVICUS and first appeared on their website. Egypt: Stop the Onslaught Against Civil Society The undersigned civil society organisations express our serious concern over the recent escalation of restrictions on civil society and the public vilification of human rights defenders in Egypt. We call on the Egyptian authorities

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More TIMEP Statements

Solidarity with Egyptian Human Rights Defenders and Civil Society

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express solidarity with the bloggers, journalists, human rights defenders, and other civil society members in Egypt who have been arrested with unprecedented frequency in recent weeks. The current escalation is the latest installment in the government’s sustained crackdown on civil society, which initially intensified with the 2011 NGO trial,

TIMEP Strongly Condemns Escalated Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society and Activists

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) strongly condemns the unprecedented escalation in the Egyptian government’s crackdown on civil society and activists. A series of arrests targeting activists, bloggers, journalists and human rights defenders on charges of belonging to terror groups and incitement against the state have been made over the past several weeks.

Solidarity with Ahmed Naji: Egypt Prosecutes Creativity and Freedom of Expression

UPDATE: April 24, 2018 On Tuesday, April 24, it was reported that the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Ahmed Naji to an LE20,000 fine on charges of “harming public morality.” The decision comes following the Court of Cassation’s order for a retrial last May. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) continues to call on

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