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COVID-19: Issue Spotlight

The spread of COVID-19 brings to light a number of global, regional, and country-specific challenges affecting the Middle East and North Africa, not only in the health space, but on issues involving the economy, rule of law, security, access to information, and beyond. Central to TIMEP’s mission has been its commitment to fostering transparent, accountable, and just societies; these qualities make societies best-positioned to address the most difficult of challengesand a global pandemic is no exception.

In centering localized perspectives, expertise, and voices, TIMEP’s comprehensive response includes (1) producing nuanced and solutions-oriented analysis that unpacks the context in which COVID-19 spreads, assesses the response of governments and other actors, and looks to expected impact; (2) virtually convening like-minded organizations and partners through meetings and initiatives intended to influence policy at the country, regional, and global levels; and (3) engaging with the legal, rights, and expert communities to establish norms that uphold the ability of states to effectively respond to pandemics, while respecting the fundamental rights of their citizens.

Commentary

Loophole for Authoritarianism: Access to Justice in time of emergency

The fast spread of COVID-19 had led governments in the MENA region to take vast protective measures to control and contain the spread aiming to protect as many of their citizens, including the shutting down of schools and public spaces,...

Religious Institutions under the Pressure of COVID-19: Traditional Policies and Delayed Crisis Management

The coronavirus pandemic has imposed exceptional circumstances and tough challenges on Egyptian religious institutions, which have been tested when it comes to policies of social distancing in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. These measures have included the...

No Funding and No Policy: Lebanon’s Refugee Population amid COVID-19 and an Economic Crisis

Though refugees constitute a small percentage of the nearly 3,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon, cases are on the rise among Lebanon’s vast refugee population. In April of this year, the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified...

Egyptian Doctors in the State’s Eyes: Rhetoric Versus Reality

The names of the Cairo-based author and doctors quoted in this article have been changed to reflect their requests for anonymity. One week before the Egyptian government eased restrictions that had been put in place in response to the COVID-19...

COVID-19 in Yemen: A detonated bomb 

Five years of conflict have destroyed the already fragile public system in Yemen, while mass casualties and multiple outbreaks have dried up scarce health resources. Consequently, nearly 20 million people lack access to adequate healthcare. Only proactive and swift action...

Press

TIMEP Joins 109 Organizations on Digital Surveillance, Privacy, and COVID-19 Statement

Recognizing that technology will play a significant role in the global COVID-19 response and beyond, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joins 109 organizations to call upon governments to ensure that the pandemic not be used as pretext...

TIMEP Calls for Urgent Action around Detention in MENA Amid COVID-19

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and MENA Rights Group, joined by 38 organizations from around the world, have issued a statement calling on governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to take a number of...