Explainers

Resistance Committees: The Specters Organizing Sudan’s Protests

If you are following the news on Sudan, you know a military coup took place on October 25 and the country hasn’t stopped protesting, even since the recent deal between military leaders and the prime minister. The protests were covered...

Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections: High Stakes Amid Crisis

All eyes are turning towards Lebanon’s spring 2022 parliamentary elections—and for good reason. Since the last parliamentary elections in 2018, the country has undergone revolution, economic and financial collapse, a mismanaged pandemic, and an explosion that killed hundreds and vaulted...

Egypt Lifted its State of Emergency: What Now?

In October, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced that the country's state of emergency would not be extended, hence lifted for the first time in more than four years, saying that the country had become an "oasis of security and...

Joint Submission: Egypt’s CEDAW Review

As a state party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Egypt is subject to regular reviews addressing its implementation of the treaty. In October 2021, Egypt’s record on women's human rights and...

Legislating in Sudan: The Transitional Period

In December 2018, Sudanese protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against a cut to bread subsidies in what ultimately became a nationwide, peaceful movement calling for the end of Omar al-Bashir’s regime. In January 2019, civil society organizations led...

The Maspero Massacre: Ten Years On

On October 9, 2011, thousands of peaceful protesters marched toward the Maspero building, the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, to demonstrate against the demolition of St. George Church in Edfu, Aswan. Eyewitnesses and video footage confirm that...

Two Years in Detention Without Trial: Human Rights Lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer

This week marks two years since Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer was arrested. Last month on his 41st birthday, TIMEP joined 15 other organizations to call for his release of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer from detention, El-Baqer...

Vaccine Access and Distribution in MENA

The race to vaccinate against COVID-19 has exposed wide disparities in vaccine access and distribution on every level—global, regional, and local. While international debates over intellectual property, vaccine nationalism, and global access have taken center stage, a close look into...

The State of COVID-19 in MENA Prisons

Living in close quarters and confined to enclosed spaces, people in detention have been especially vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks during the pandemic. In a number of states across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), overcrowding and medical negligence have...

Dual Threats: Water Scarcity and Rising Sea Levels in Egypt

The impacts of climate change are increasingly evident with each year: hotter weather, higher sea levels, deadlier storms—reminders of the existential nature of the climate crisis. As global temperatures rise, spurred on by human activity, an environmental crisis has emerged...