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New York, January 18, 2022— The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is pleased to announce the “Wide Awake Art Contest,” an open call to Lebanese and Tunisian artists as well as artists living in Lebanon or Tunisia to explore the theme “the Sound of Dissent.” The contest will showcase works by those who are documenting and memorializing their communities’ stories in times of instability, resistance, and change.


Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison, a judicial source said, after being tried on charges of spreading fake news. Abdel Fattah, a leading activist in the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power, had previously been imprisoned for five years in 2014 and released in 2019. 


A court in Belarus has sentenced opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky to 18 years in prison after he galvanized an unprecedented protest movement against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko last year. 

Following a months-long trial behind closed doors at a detention center in the southeastern city of Gomel, the court found Tikhanovsky, 43, guilty of organizing riots and inciting social hatred, among other charges, state newspaper Sovetskaya Belarus reported. 


An Egyptian court ordered the release of jailed researcher, Patrick George Zaki, pending trial - a move welcomed by human rights defenders and the prime minister of Italy where he had been studying. 

Zaki was arrested on February 7, 2020, after he landed at Cairo's international airport on a visit to see his family. He is accused of "spreading false news" in relation to an article he wrote about the plight of Christians in Egypt. 


Six years of unrelenting war in Yemen has created what the United Nations has called the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Rubbing salt in the wound, members of the UN Human Rights Council rejected a resolution to renew the mandate of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, a body investigating serious human rights violations. The council’s decision is a serious blow to accountability in the country. 

Head of Program, Libya


With a special court that has yet to open a trial and a truth commission that is not up and running, international attention on victims in the Central African Republic is waning. Since 2015, the unfulfilled promises of justice made to these victims have failed to address their daily realities and needs for immediate moral, physical, and material reparations, writes Rim El Gantri, one of the authors of a recent study by ICTJ and Cordaid.