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Aya Hijazi and Co-Defendants Acquitted in Belady Case

On Sunday April 16, a Cairo criminal court acquitted Egyptian-American activist Aya Hijazi and six co-defendants on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, and the sexual exploitation and torture of children. The verdict comes after a series of adjournments throughout 2016, with the most recent being in March. Hijazi was arrested in May 2014 and charged in September 2014 for her work as the founder of the Belady Foundation, a non-profit organization

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TIMEP Signs Letters to Merkel ahead of Trip to Cairo

Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joined fellow non-governmental organizations in signing two open letters addressing the chancellor. On February 24, TIMEP—along with peer organizations Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and CIVICUS, among others—signed a letter to Merkel delivered by EuroMed Rights. The letter

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Letter to Merkel Ahead of Visit to Cairo

24 February 2017 Dr Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin Subject: Your visit to Cairo, 2-3 March 2017, amidst clampdown on human rights in Egypt Dear Chancellor Merkel, Your upcoming trip to Cairo to discuss migration and counter-terrorism also provides a key opportunity to raise concerns with President al-Sisi, in the strongest terms, about the current clampdown on human rights and the

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TIMEP Condemns Attack on Coptic Christians Near St. Mark’s Cathedral

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy denounces the deadly bombing in Cairo, Egypt today at St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church near St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, the seat of the Holy See of the Coptic Church. At the time of this statement, at least 25 people were killed and up to 49 injured after an explosive device detonated on the side of the church where women normally sit; six children were among the dead. Until now,

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Joint Statement: Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Condemn Egypt’s New NGO Law

UPDATE: On Tuesday, November 29, the NGO law was passed within the Egyptian parliament with a two-thirds majority. It will now go to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for approval.  TIMEP continues to condemn the law’s passage and calls on the Egyptian government to recognize this legislation as unconstitutional and respect NGOs as a critical partner at a challenging time for Egypt’s economy and security. UPDATE: On Monday, November 28, the NGO

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TIMEP Expands its Scope, Opens Europe Office in Brussels and Extends Outreach to International Civil Society as World Leadership Changes

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) in Washington, DC, is pleased to announce the opening of TIMEP Europe in Brussels, Belgium. TIMEP Europe will work in conjunction with TIMEP in Washington to coordinate closely with policymakers in the European Union and continue the implementation of its mission in Europe. Since its inception, TIMEP has targeted policymakers in the United States and Europe, recognizing the importance of a collaborative

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

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Hussein Baoumi as the recipient of the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship. Mr. Baoumi is the third awardee of the fellowship and will be undertaking research on civil society organizations, human rights, and democratization in Egypt. Throughout his fellowship, beginning in September 2016, he will provide invaluable support to TIMEP’s ongoing projects

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TIMEP Announces Partnership with Karam Foundation

On World Humanitarian Day, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the formation of an advocacy partnership with the Karam Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization specializing in smart aid, sustainable development, and innovative education for Syrians in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. TIMEP’s collaboration with Karam aligns with its goal to magnify local voices across the Middle East and North Africa

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TIMEP Condemns Inadequate Response from Egyptian Authorities to the Assault of a Coptic Woman

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) condemns the inaction of Egyptian authorities following a mob’s attack on Coptic Christians in the Upper Egyptian Minya province. On Friday, May 20, approximately 300 armed men looted and damaged the homes of seven Coptic families in the al-Karm village of Minya, in response to rumors of a romantic relationship between a Christian man, Ashraf Abdo Attiya, and a Muslim woman. During the attack

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TIMEP Announces Launch of Transitional Justice Project

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is pleased to announce the launch of its Transitional Justice Project (TJP), an innovative, timely initiative that addresses crucial issues at the heart of political transitions across the Middle East. Despite significant grievances emerging from periods of conflict and repression across the Arab world since the 2011 uprisings, governments have been hesitant or incapable of implementing transitional

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Aya Hijazi and Co-Defendants Acquitted in Belady Case

On Sunday April 16, a Cairo criminal court acquitted Egyptian-American activist Aya Hijazi and six co-defendants on charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, and the sexual exploitation and torture of children. The verdict comes after a series of adjournments throughout 2016, with the most recent being in March. Hijazi was arrested in May 2014 and charged

TIMEP Signs Letters to Merkel ahead of Trip to Cairo

Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joined fellow non-governmental organizations in signing two open letters addressing the chancellor. On February 24, TIMEP—along with peer organizations Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and CIVICUS, among others—signed a

Letter to Merkel Ahead of Visit to Cairo

24 February 2017 Dr Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin Subject: Your visit to Cairo, 2-3 March 2017, amidst clampdown on human rights in Egypt Dear Chancellor Merkel, Your upcoming trip to Cairo to discuss migration and counter-terrorism also provides a key opportunity to raise concerns with President al-Sisi,

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