In line with ARI’s approach to use rigorous research to understand and support diverse actors to build coalitions for sustainable reform in the region, this project seeks to analyze and advise the human rights actors in the region in a collaborative relationship to adjust to major social and political shifts in the post-Arab Spring period. The first phase of the project focuses on human rights defenders in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
The project looks at human rights actors, and their relations with the state, Islamist movements, other parts of civil society, the internal governance systems of human rights organizations and their impact.
It aims to put forward recommendations that are informed by a thorough review of the past trajectory of human rights actions and the socio-political context over the last five years. This will be aided by qualitative and quantitative analyses and workshops with stakeholders from human rights organizations, donors, governments, and research and academic institutions. Its goal is to contribute to transforming human rights organizations to become better understood, more strategic, adequately supported and more effective.
Over the course of the coming months, ARI will be publishing a series of 18 papers as part of this project.
Unsolved Dilemmas: Issues of Internal Governance in Egypt’s Human Rights NGOs
The restrictive environment for civil society in Egypt has hindered the development of stronger internal governance mechanisms in many organizations. Other factors and dilemmas have also played a role.
Origins, Evolution and Challenges to the Human Rights Movement in Tunisia
Focusing on the evolution and current challenges of the human rights movement in Tunisia, the paper assess its relationship with politics, the generational chasm among activists, and internal governance issues.
The Evolution of Morocco’s Human Rights Movement
Mohamed Kadiri tackles the evolution of the human rights movement through studying the context and conditions under which human rights actors appeared and the influences that shaped their development, current challenges and could dictate their prospects.
The Formal Birth of the Human Rights Movement in Egypt
While laying out a chronology of the birth and evolution of different human rights actors and their contribution to the movement, the paper sets the framework in which the work of human rights actors unfolds by dissecting four challenges.
An In-Depth Review of the Prospects for Human Rights Action in North...
Human rights researchers, defenders, and representatives of donor organizations met in Beirut to review the state of human rights organizations/ defenders in three Arab North African countries.