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.
Islamists and Rights Activists in Egypt: The Potential for Convergence
In today’s tough human rights and political context in Egypt, will the relationship between rights activists and Islamists, propelled by the rise of a new generation of actors, move from animosity to cooperation?
Heba Raouf Ezzat
Tunisia: Human Rights Organizations, Political Islam and its Groups
An analysis of the changes during the drafting of the 2014 Constitution offers a more nuanced view of the complex and ongoing interactions between Islamic movements and human rights in Tunisia.
Mohamed Sahbi Khalfaoui
The Human Rights Movement in Morocco: The Dialectic of Influence
The 2011 uprising changed the structure of the rights movement in Morocco and contributed to widening the human rights base, both in discursive terms as well as in sheer numbers of supporters and defenders.
The Impact of the Human Rights Movement in Tunisia: Between Legislation and Practice (2010-2016)
The human rights movement in Tunisia has actively participated in drafting bills and lobbied for policy reform, but with varying degrees of success as to the impact of the tools and mechanisms used in the post-revolution environment.
Making Use of a Revolutionary Moment: The Impact of Human Rights Organizations in Post-revolutionary Egypt
Human rights organizations were able to seize a favourable momentum to achieve success on some issues in the aftermath of 2011. The chances of such success are very slim if the current wave of repression continues.
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.