ArMa Alumni

The ArMa Alumni Association is a platform representing a unique group of democracy promoters, human rights defenders, activists, practitioners and more importantly thriving human beings from around the globe. The Association aims at welcoming, connecting and celebrating the alumni of the Arab Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights (ARMA), formerly the Master in Democratic Governance, Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Region (DE.MA), as well as providing them with the necessary means to help make a positive change in the world

Lien Arits

Throughout my career, democracy and human rights are a constant guide. I’m an environmental activist and a graduate in Moral Sciences, and Cultural Studies. I believe in equity, on a planet with limits.

My mission is to improve the participation of those who tend to be unheard, such as children, migrants and refugees. My energy sprouts from people’s stories, about love, home and hope for better futures.

I started my career in the Belgian Green Party, as a grassroots political-social worker, after which I provided policy advice and led several electoral campaigns. After 7 years, I shifted toward civil society. I served as the general coordinator for Hack Your Future Belgium, the coding school for refugees.

Inspired by my students from all over the world, I pursued my Master’s in Human Rights and Democracy in the MENA region. My thesis allowed me to combine my two passions – photography and participatory research.

After graduating in 2022, I’ve been pursuing my career as a human rights researcher and practitioner, focusing on civil society enablement, refugees’ and child’s rights in the MENA region.

Abdulrahman Subih
Abdulrahman is a member of the ArMA Alumni Association Board, January–Present, 2023. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law, 2022-2023, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. He is currently (2023), a Senior Research Assistant, European North African Center for Research (ENACR), 2022-2023.