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Egypt’s Religious Minorities: The Legal Framework

Egypt’s legal framework is an important angle through which to understand the state of religious minorities in the country. This brief delves into some of the primary issues affecting and implicating the country’s religious minorities, who are primarily Coptic Christian,...

Global Legal Community Stands in Solidarity with Egyptian Lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), joined by lawyers, law students, and organizations conducting legal work from around the world, come together to stand in solidarity with Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer ahead of his upcoming December...

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...

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...

TIMEP Joins Global Coalition of 16 Organizations to Call for Release of Egyptian Human Rights Lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer

On July 19, 2021, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joined a global coalition of 16 organizations to call for the release of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer ahead of his 41st birthday on July 20. For...

TIMEP Joins Court Motion on Historic Syria Trial in Koblenz

On July 1, 2021, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) joined a coalition of renowned institutions, experts, and academics in a motion before the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany to call upon the court to record and...

Access to Information in Tunisia

“Praised by many as being one of the most progressive access to information laws in the world,” Tunisia’s current legal framework governing access to information set a high bar for the rest of the region. Five years after the law’s...

Access to Information Laws in MENA

In 2007, Jordan became the first Arabic-speaking country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to issue a law governing the right of access to information. In the years since, it has been joined by Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Morocco,...