Feb 21, 2017 Last Updated 3:48 PM, Feb 16, 2017

Our Mission

Our Mission

Jîyan is the Kurdish word for "life". The Jiyan Foundation supports survivors of human rights violations, promotes democratic values and defends fundamental freedoms in Kurdistan-Iraq.

The Jiyan Foundation strives for a society where the dignity of the human person is protected, where adults and children enjoy the right to life and liberty, and where citizens are free from torture and terror.

Our Values

The core values guiding our work are expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We help survivors of human rights abuses regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or spiritual beliefs.

Our Task

The goal of the Jiyan Foundation is to empower individuals to enjoy all of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. To this end, we seek to

  • assist survivors of violence, torture and terrorism
  • support victims of genocide and ethnic persecution
  • protect refugees and minorities
  • promote the rights of women
  • defend the rights of children
  • foster civil society and democracy
  • prevent violence and extremism
  • promote friendly relations between nations.

These tasks are carried out through a variety of programs and activities.

Further Information

Read more about our programs and activities here. To learn more about our work and ways to help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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