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Articles that focus on or discuss Middle Eastern and/or North African countries

 

In Afghanistan, the ICC abandons the field

April 23, 2019
By: Param-Preet Singh
Español

In giving undue weight to politics and practicalities in their decision to abandon war crimes investigations ...

Litigating rights under occupation

March 12, 2019
By: Jessica Montell
Español | עברית | العربية

Israeli occupation is the root cause of Palestinian suffering. Litigation won’t change that, but it ...

Communications infrastructure in Palestine has become a tool of repression

November 13, 2018
By: Who Profits Research Center
العربية | Français

Restrictions on Palestinian mobile companies mean that Israeli companies reap profits from Palestinian ...

A hidden violation—sexual violence against men and boys in Syria and Turkey

September 19, 2018
By: Charu Lata Hogg
العربية

A new report suggests sexual violence against men and boys in widespread in the Syria conflict. And ...

The end of tyranny: South Africa’s civil society fights back

August 8, 2018
By: Ivor Chipkin
Español

Powerful civil society coalitions have re-emerged in South Africa, using litigation, social mobilization, ...

Resist or flee: NGOs respond to Egypt’s crackdown

July 24, 2018
By: Khaled Mansour
العربية | Español

In the last few years, the Egyptian government has launched an unprecedented crackdown on civil society, ...

Turkey’s democratic deficit and the European Court of Human Rights

June 26, 2018
By: Dilek Kurban

Erdoğan will likely succeed in removing the only genuine political opposition in the Turkish Parliament. ...

“No One Warned Me”: the trade-off between self-care and effective activism

June 20, 2017
By: Yara Sallam
العربية

Is there a trade off between protecting your mental health as an activist and doing effective work?

A levy in the African Union could be a step towards independence

June 14, 2017
By: Amandine Rushenguziminega
Français

A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but who is funding human rights?

International recognition and public opinion towards conflict and violence

May 16, 2017
By: Yael Zeira

Experiments show international recognition of statehood could change popular support for violence in ...

Following orders: how expectations might reduce human rights abuses

May 8, 2017
By: Yonatan Lupu
Español

Understanding the logic of expectations could help us predict why some people follow orders to violate ...

Using experiments to improve women’s rights in Pakistan

May 3, 2017
By: Gulnaz Anjum & Adam Chilton

Experiments on support for women’s rights in Pakistan could improve the implementation and enforcement ...

Why engaging with perpetrators isn’t possible in Iran (yet)

April 19, 2017
By: Mahmood Monshipouri
فارسی

Engagement with Iranian human rights perpetrators might help someday, but in the current political climate ...

Satire as a tool of resistance in Egypt

December 20, 2016
By: M. B.
العربية

In countries where fear is employed as a weapon against freedom of speech, satire is one of the strongest ...

Rethinking strategies of child protection

December 14, 2016
By: Rachel Schmidt
Français

When children become the lead players in recruitment strategies, how can child protection advocates ...

Human rights and public opinion in Israel: anger vs. pragmatism

October 26, 2016
By: Dahlia Scheindlin
Español | עברית | العربية

In Israel, public support for the term, “human rights,” is falling; support for actual human rights ...

Will tougher sentences prevent female genital mutilation in Egypt?

August 18, 2016
By: Amel Fahmy
العربية

Egypt is considering tougher sentences and stiffer fines for doctors and parents who perform female ...

Human rights and the failed coup in Turkey

August 11, 2016
By: Richard Falk
Türkçe

There are risks for human rights in the post-coup purges in Turkey. But we must applaud more loudly ...

Human rights organizations and the state: how different are we really?

August 9, 2016
By: Maayan Geva

How different are human rights organizations and the state institutions they challenge? A key Israel ...

Islamic ideals of peace and justice: are we overlooking something?

June 14, 2016
By: Hakan Altinay
العربية

Associating progressive social policies with Islam may unsettle some, yet the parallels are there and ...

Accounting for human rights: lessons from Syria

May 25, 2016
By: Sean Luna Mcadams
Español

If refugee advocates don’t shine a light on budgets, it will be nearly impossible to ensure sustained ...

Activists get creative in their push for Moroccan women’s rights

May 24, 2016
By: Rachel Schmidt

Partnering with a comedienne and taking to social media, Human Rights Watch is getting creative to gain ...

Crisis in Europe exposes failing refugee protection regime

May 11, 2016
By: John Torpey

The refugee protection regime works if it remains limited to those genuinely fleeing persecution — though ...

When national security trumps international humanitarian law, who wins?

May 4, 2016
By: Brad Gutierrez

International humanitarian law is not a diplomatic conversation devoid of real world implications, and ...

In the name of security: when silencing active citizens creates even greater problems

April 20, 2016
By: Iva Dobichina & Poonam Joshi
Español

Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely to challenge extremist ideologies, ...

Missing: an international response to the rising tide of impunity

April 18, 2016
By: Cathal Gilbert
Español

Civil society organisations are targeted because political elites know they have power. But where is ...

Is a reformed Refugee Convention a solution?

April 12, 2016
By: Neva O. Öztürk & Cavidan Soykan
Türkçe

The Refugee Convention was designed for an earlier era, but there seems little will to update its provisions ...

Refugee protection is politics

March 31, 2016
By: Roni Amit & Loren B. Landau
Français

The best refugee legislation in the world will have little effect when those seeking protection are ...

Syria continues to bleed while the Middle East closes its doors

March 23, 2016
By: Susan M. Akram
العربية

Host states impose greater restrictions on refugees’ rights at least partly because Western states aren’t ...

Rethinking progressive NGO funding in Israel

February 5, 2016
By: Hillel Ben-Sasson
Español

Marked as traitors by the dominant Right for relying on foreign aid, Israeli liberal NGOs need a wider ...

Ignore public opinion at your own peril

November 17, 2015
By: Colin Irwin 

Why have global leaders continually been ignoring the views of Muslims—and especially of Syrians—on ...

Strategic, data-driven human rights advocacy: the Israeli experience

November 4, 2015
By: Dahlia Scheindlin

Winning the public’s trust requires that NGOs be open to understanding, and respecting, the public’s ...

Wanted in Israel: democratic leadership

October 7, 2015
By: Tamar Hermann 
العربية | עברית

Israeli public opinion is not nearly as anti-democratic as is often depicted. Israeli leadership, however, ...

Morocco’s “soft” repression of human rights activists

September 29, 2015
By: Zine El Abidine Meknassi 
Français | العربية

Moroccan authorities still use old methods of oppressing opponents. Without popular support, can human ...

In Israel, public opinion matters more when it’s against you

September 23, 2015
By: Dahlia Scheindlin
Español | العربية | עברית

Backed into a corner, Israeli human rights groups are trying to better understand and utilize public ...

Perceptions on human rights can help—or hinder—state building

September 14, 2015
By: Khalil Shikaki 
Français | العربية

Public perception on human rights in the Middle East can provide important insights on state building.

In Israel, intense combat spurs peace activism

September 7, 2015
By: Erica Weiss 
עברית | العربية

Experience of intense combat not only turns Israeli soldiers against conflict resolution, it can also ...

For Moroccan rights groups, good reputations aren’t enough

July 28, 2015
By: Rachid Touhtou  & James Ron & Shannon Golden
Français | العربية

Without building a strong popular base, the Moroccan human rights community cannot capitalize on its ...

Partners in prayer: women's rights and religion in Morocco

July 7, 2015
By: Meriem El Haitami & Shannon Golden & James Ron
Français | العربية

Pundits say that religion and human rights are opposing forces in Morocco, especially around women’s ...

Let the pollsters pick? Navigating public opinion in Israel

June 30, 2015
By: Jessica Montell
Español | العربية | עברית

Polls help identify wedge issues, but what happens if human rights activists only pick fights they can ...

In Israel, implementing human rights feels wrong

June 30, 2015
By: Dahlia Scheindlin
Español | עברית | العربية

Polls indicate that Jewish Israelis generally support the concept of human rights, but are less supportive ...

Is the relationship of the ICC and R2P truly “win-win”?

June 22, 2015
By: Ruben Reike
Français | العربية

Evidence from Syria and Libya suggests that linkages between the ICC and R2P are not always win-win.

ICC action and the domestic effects of transnational criminality

June 16, 2015
By: Valentina Azarov
العربية

Noisy discussions in the Israeli/Palestinian context have obscured how the ICC’s role may impact Israel’s ...

Palestine’s accession to the ICC may strengthen peace-first approach

April 28, 2015
By: Leslie Vinjamuri

While civil society pushes a rights-first agenda in Palestine, resistance towards Palestine’s ICC membership ...

Disputes over foreign funding in Israel mask much deeper issues

March 31, 2015
By: Dimi Reider
العربية | עברית

If Israeli human rights groups are labeled fronts for foreign interests due to their funding, what does ...

Home, for Algeria’s Jews, is elsewhere

February 27, 2015
By: Farah Souames
العربية

Intolerance towards Algerian Jews has been driven by geopolitics and history, not religion.

The ICC in Libya – justice delayed and denied

February 25, 2015
By: Thomas Ebbs & Elham Saudi
العربية

The ICC has issued only 3 indictments in Libya, and no new ones since 2011 – even amidst growing violence. ...

In Egypt, human rights need religion

February 23, 2015
By: Jack Snyder
العربية

Religious progressives are vital for Egypt’s human rights; secular groups can’t do it alone.