Explainers

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...

World Humanitarian Day: MENA in Focus

World Humanitarian Day is a day to remember humanitarian workers alleviating suffering around the world and to reflect on persisting and rising humanitarian needs. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the most impacted regions by violent...

Algeria’s Multipronged Crackdown on the Hirak

Hirak protests re-emerged in February, on the movement’s second anniversary after months of relative quiet enforced by a coronavirus pandemic ban on demonstrations and large gatherings. Protests are widespread across the country and include various groups including activists, students, minors,...

Accountability for the Beirut Port Explosion: One Year Later

On August 4, 2020, tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been neglected at the Beirut Port exploded, killing at least 207 victims, injuring another 7,500, and leaving 300,000 homeless. One year later, accountability in any form remains far from being...

Putting Families’ Needs at the Center: A Humanitarian Approach to Disappearance in Syria

Families looking for their disappeared loved ones is a painful but familiar trend emerging out of Syria in the past decade. Enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention have become such a widespread situation for hundreds of thousands of Syrian families that,...