The MENA Prison Forum is pleased to host a conversation with former detainee and human rights activist and researcher Karim Abdessalem and former detainee and scholar Dr. Mohamed Kamal Elhouki. The speakers will present the history and development of Zajal - an Arabic form of oral, traditional poetry - in the Tunisian prisons from the immortalization of the individual tragedy to raising issues of justice, freedom and the right to life. The conversation will also highlight the the musical and artistic tools that turn the bitterness of the individual experience in prison to a beacon of hope that promote communal rights and values. Whereas the official institutions and authorities do not recognize Al-Zindali music genre in Tunisia, it became a center for the recognition of the prisoners and their suffering.
The conversation will be moderated by Mina Ibrahim and be followed by a Q&A session.
Time: Thursday, July 7, 2022 at 8 pm Beirut time, 6 pm Tunisia time.
Language: The discussion will be in Arabic with English Translation.
The subsequent Q&A session will be both in Arabic and English.
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 by 11:59 Beirut time.
Karim Abdessalem is a former political detainee and a researcher in the post-conflict movement of victims. He is also a human rights activist in the field of transitional justice, memory, and mechanisms of immortalization.
Dr. Mohamed Kamal Elhouki is a former political detainee and a PhD holder specialized in the enabling between religious and advocacy texts. He is also a researcher and an activist in human rights field.