Analysis

Lawyering for Change: Q&A with Ahmed Ezzat on Egypt

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, lawyers work to support those organizing on-the-ground; to mobilize the legal community; and to bring about systemic change. In Lawyering for Change, TIMEP’s Legal Unit conducts a series of interviews with...

Walls Have Ears, but Digital Walls Have Ears and Eyes

Syrians used to say “walls have ears” to warn someone that they crossed a red line or to refer to the country’s security apparatus and its deployed informants, the “Mukhabarat.” In 2011, the same people broke the silence and fear...

Egyptian Lawyers: A Story of Continued Resistance

It’s no secret that being a lawyer isn't a walk in the park—the stress, long hours, ever-changing laws, and serious responsibility makes it a hard choice. Today in Egypt, it's also a risky choice—one that in recent years has led...

Part 3: Policy Recommendations for HLP Rights Violations

Syria’s ten years of conflict has left 6.2 million Syrians internally displaced and forced almost 5.6 million to flee the country. The conflict has also resulted in HLP rights violations, perpetuated by the Syrian government and other parties of the...

The Impact of Conflict on Syrians’ HLP Rights 

The conflict in Syria has resulted in massive levels of displacement throughout the country, consequently leading to vast housing, land, and property (HLP) rights abuses. And with the various players involved in the conflict, civilians’ HLP rights are being impacted...

Egypt’s Elections and Parliament: Old Habits Never Die

Over the past year while the world was reeling in a pandemic that disrupted lives on all fronts, many countries carried out their planned elections and referenda, and Egypt was among them. Between July and December 2020, the National Elections...

Businesses in the MENA region: What Role in Human Rights?

Human rights activists and civil society actors advocating for human rights throughout the Middle East typically do so by engaging governments, international organizations, and policymakers. The private sector, however, is a key actor that is often overlooked in these conversations...

Foreign Aid to Lebanon: Goodwill Marred by Smoke and Mirrors

Lebanon is currently facing an unprecedented multi-pronged crisis that threatens the state’s very existence. The economic and financial crisis that began to manifest itself since roughly August 2019, when the value of the Lebanese Lira began to decline, has metamorphosed...

Contempt of Religion in North Africa: Repression of Minorities and Monopoly on Interpretation of Religion

Since 2011, many countries in North Africa have witnessed major political changes following widespread protests and revolutions. As a result, new constitutions were created across the region that asserted the protection of citizens’ rights, especially the freedom of belief, opinion...

A decade on, Libya’s revolutionary hopes are smouldering ashes set to ignite

“Wasn’t it better under Gadaffi?” is a question that strangers have forced me to ponder countless times over the past ten years. Vaguely familiar with death and destruction-laden news coverage from Libya, many expect us to experience a haze of...