Public Hearings for the Victims of Torture: The Presence of the Absent Torturer

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission dedicated its first public hearings to the victims of grave human rights violations. Those accused of involvement in these vimore >>

Khitan in Egypt: From Penal Code to Judicial Practice

In December 2016, the Suez Criminal Court sentenced a doctor who performed [what is commonly referred to as] female circumcision (khitan) [or female genital mutilation], more >>

​​​​​​​Bill Curbing Civil Society in Egypt: A Legal Appraisal

On November 30, 2016, the Egyptian parliament suddenly approved a secretly-drafted bill regulating the work of civic associations, with no public discussion at a time whemore >>

Children’s Rights Violations in the Context of the Civil and Youth Movement (#YouStink)... more >>

The Launch of the ‘Judicial Independence: a Social Priority in Lebanon’ Project... more >>

Civil Society Backs Families of Missing After Calls to Reconsider Lebanese State Council Decision... more >>

Open Letter to Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam... more >>

Purging the Judiciary under Helou: The Reform that Never Was

Charles Helou was elected president of Lebanon in 1964, succeeding Fuad Chehab. He officially adopted a reformist agenda and tied the fate of his term to the outcome of t... more >>

Lebanon’s WhatsApp Judges: A Commendable Stance

During the past weeks, a number of judges received a circular issued by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) ordering them to leave the exclusive WhatsApp group for Lebanon... more >>

​​​​​​​The Right to Information in Tunisia: The Legal Legacy of Civil Society

Editor’s note: The Tunisian legislator would not have adopted a progressive understanding of the right of access to information consistent with the spirit of Chapte... more >>

Judging Khadija Asad (I): The Perils of Political Populism

The detention of Khadija Asad received a revealing amount of media attention in Lebanon. The case had outstanding social dimensions because of the human sympathy and comp... more >>

Disciplining Tunisian Judges: A Confused Roadmap  

Tunisia’s new law establishing a Temporary Body for the Judiciary does not address substantive rules governing the disciplining of judges.[1] The law is silent on t... more >>

How to end interference in the judiciary?

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Open the Doors

More than 24,700 children live in orphanages; this is more than 2% of Lebanese children. Around 90% of them are not orphans, but children from poor families unable to care for them... more >>

Homosexuality is not a crime

In Lebanon, homosexuals continue to be arrested and prosecuted for their sexual orientation, based on Article 534 of the Criminal Code, which sanctions “sexual intercourse ag... more >>

Testimony of Former General Ahmad Agheilovi in the case of Braka coast

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Advocate for the rights of "day-workers" in court

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