Explainers

Organizing in Tunisia: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the Jasmine Revolution, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in Tunisia that implicate and affect key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online, including the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly,...

Part 2: Detrimental Conditions inside Syria

This explainer is the second in a TIMEP series regarding the issue of refugee return in the Syrian context, with an emphasis on current conditions inside Syria for returning Syrians. The return of Syrian refugees is seen as a key...

Part 1: Syrians in Neighboring Host Countries

Over 5.6 million Syrians have been forcibly displaced from Syria to neighboring countries in the Middle Eastern region. This has resulted in a major regional and international humanitarian emergency affecting the lives of millions of Syrians and their respective host...

Q&A with ECCHR’s Patrick Kroker: Syrian War Crimes in Foreign Courts

Since 2011, Syrian survivors, human rights defenders, and others have filed over 20 complaints in legal and judicial systems outside of Syria against Syrian regime officials for war crimes and other violations of international law. These complaints have been filed...

Due Process and COVID-19 in the MENA Region

The spread of COVID-19 had led governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to take extraordinary and largely unprecedented preventative and responsive measures. Invoking the exceptional nature of this moment, many countries have declared health-related states of...

New laws, same old practices? Lebanon passes anti-corruption laws, but questions persist over their efficacy

Lebanon is ill-famed for its corruption and financial mismanagement. Ranking 137 out of 198 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, the country’s systemic corruption is among the most crucial challenges facing Lebanon. Lebanon has been grappling with a catastrophic...

Detention During COVID-19: What MENA Governments Are, Aren’t, and Should Be Doing

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), countries are taking measures in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. These national responses have included the creation of emergency hotlines, awareness campaigns, stay-at-home orders, and curfews. There is one...

Explainer: First Case Worldwide Involving Syrian State Torture

On March 10, 2020, the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany announced that a criminal trial prosecuting members of the Syrian security apparatus for torture would begin on April 23, 2020. The case, which is set to become the first...