On the Ground

Egyptian Lawyers: A Story of Continued Resistance

It’s no secret that being a lawyer isn't a walk in the park—the stress, long hours, ever-changing laws, and serious responsibility makes it a hard choice. Today in Egypt, it's also a risky choice—one that in recent years has led...

Organizing in Syria: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the March 2011 uprising, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in regime-controlled areas of Syria that significantly implicate, affect, and punish the exercise of key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online,...

A decade on, Libya’s revolutionary hopes are smouldering ashes set to ignite

“Wasn’t it better under Gadaffi?” is a question that strangers have forced me to ponder countless times over the past ten years. Vaguely familiar with death and destruction-laden news coverage from Libya, many expect us to experience a haze of...

Algeria: The Arab Spring’s Late Bloomer?

When protests started throughout the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and early 2011, observers seemed to keep wondering: why are Algerians not protesting? But this is not entirely true. In 2010, nearly 10,000 localized protests and riots...

Women on the Frontline: The Anti-Sexual Violence Movement in Egypt Ten Years After the Revolution

Ten years after the revolution, Egyptian women are still raising their voices against sexual assaults and harassment, especially over social media platforms. This phenomenon came to the forefront of attention a few months ago, when a group of women started...

Organizing in Egypt: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the January 25 Revolution, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in Egypt that significantly affect and implicate the key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online, including the rights to freedom of...

1/28 Virtual Event: Ten Years On: Organizing in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria

In the last ten years since the 2010-2011 protests, the spaces, tools, and contexts through which individuals have come together to bring about change and mobilize across the MENA region have been dynamic. Looking specifically at Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria,...

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,...

Tunisia’s Police Protection Law Brings a Memory of Years of Silence

In October, Tunisian Parliament withdrew the newest version of a police protection law that it has repeatedly attempted to adopt in the past despite fierce opposition. The new draft law on the “protection of security forces” would impose disproportionate criminal...

Tunisia 10 Years Later: Is Kamour the New Sidi Bouzid?

A decade after the 2010 eruption of Tunisia’s revolution, which led to the overthrow of a 23-year-old one-party regime, Tunisians are still unable to translate their political achievements into social and economic gains. This December 17, on the ten-year anniversary...