Analysis

Egyptian Authorities are Denigrating the Revolution

Earlier this month, Judge Muhammad Shereen Fahmy of the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma to 15 years in prison and a fine of six million Egyptian pounds in a retrial of the “Cabinet Clashes” case. The case...

How Tunisia’s “Two Sheikhs” Sought to Halt Transitional Justice

In November 2016, the constitutional commission overseeing transitional justice in post-revolutionary Tunisia held its first public hearing for the victims of more than half a century of dictatorship. It took the Truth and Dignity Commission (known by its French acronym,...

Egypt’s Authorities Co-opt Transitional Justice in New Draft Law

In a country in which transitional justice has been scoffed at as a secondary concern and in which the legislature has failed to pass a transitional justice law despite a constitutional requirement to do so, many observers found it ironic...

Tunisia’s Perilous, Unresolved Transition

Tunisia has recently witnessed the establishment of some long-awaited measures for transitional justice mainly related to the creation of specialized judicial chambers, seven years after the Tunisian revolution. However, the current political context is hostile toward the process, and recent...

How Tunisia’s Anti-Graft Law Disturbs the Process of Transitional Justice

On May 24, 2017, as protesters walked away from Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis, something unusual for this northern African country was happening. Activists on social media started sharing news of several police raids targeting “big fish” businessmen and...

Mubarak’s Acquittal and the State of Transitional Justice in Egypt

In a final verdict on March 2, Egypt’s Court of Cassation acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of ordering the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Mubarak had been added as a defendant to the case in...

Who Enforces Egypt’s Laws?

On May 1, Egyptian Ministry of Interior (MOI) personnel stormed the headquarters of the country’s Syndicate of Journalists and arrested two reporters in an unprecedented move. A sense of anger prevailed among journalists as the union’s general assembly called for...

Transitional Justice in Egypt: A Challenge and an Opportunity

In 2011, Egypt was rocked by the events that unfolded in Tahrir Square. The world watched as protesters gathered to demand that Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt since 1981, should go. The protests continued for 18 days in the...