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.
Tunisia: Human Rights Organizations and the State
The state’s attempts at confronting the consequences of economic failures in Tunisia has translated into clashes with successive social protests in ways that have violated fundamental rights.
Human Rights and the State in Morocco: Impact of the 20 February Movement
The 2011 movement has revitalized the human rights approach to politics and social problems, and culminated a decades-long struggle to peacefully and gradually move to a social rights-based contract with the state. Such a state of affairs no longer seems far off.
The State and Human Rights Organizations in Egypt: A Problem of Political Culture or a Structural Crisis?
Egyptian rights groups must build wider social and political networks and alliances to enable them to influence state decisions and represent rights holders to be able to confront a context of restrictions and a status quo that blocks the construction of a modern democratic state.
Mohamed El Agati
Human Rights Action and Social Movements in Morocco
In starting to bridge the gap with movements calling for social and economic rights in Morocco, rights actors collide with existing economic and political arrangements and the entrenched networks of patronage. This will be their challenge for years to come.
Rights and Politics: Human Rights Action and Socio-economic Struggles in Tunisia
In the struggle for social and economic rights, human rights actors need to scrutinize their role and tactics and explore avenues to address issues of representation and brokerage between human rights defenders and right-bearers.
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.