The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights leads the effort to establish an alliance of Iraqi civil society organizations with the purpose of promoting holistic reparations for survivors and victims of crimes perpetrated during the ISIS conflict in Iraq.
Joining Forces to Seek Reparations for Victims of ISIS Conflict in Iraq
Survivors of serious human rights violations such as genocide, torture and crimes against humanity have the right to redress under international law. This includes, among other things, a claim for compensation for injustice suffered.
In 2019, we have initiated the establishment of a coalition of 25 Iraqi civil society organizations calling for a comprehensive reparation program for all civilian victims of the ISIS-related conflict. After an intense negotiation process, we developed three core documents for the prospective alliance:
- A position paper on reparations (specifying core common principles on reparations in Iraq that will serve as a blueprint against which forthcoming state efforts to provide reparations to victims may be measured)
- Statutes (setting out internal rules and the structure of the coalition)
- A plan of activities (identifying the most important tasks)
The C4JR was officially introduced to the public during a conference on 6 November 2019. The event took place in Erbil and brought together representatives of survivors, the civil society, the Iraqi authorities, as well as the international community.
The C4JR aims to work with the Iraqi authorities in creating a fair and inclusive reparations program by offering the framework for debate based on human rights law, facilitating the involvement of survivors, and by clarifying the importance of reparations to the general public.
The Members of the Coalition
The C4JR currently consists of 25 Iraqi civil society organizations:
- Better World Organization
- Civil Development Organization
- Emma Organization
- Ghasin Al-Zaiton Organization for Youth
- Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights
- Iraqi Institution for Development
- Jinda Organization
- Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
- Justice Organization for Minority Rights
- Lotus Flower
- Methra Organization for Yarsani Culture and Development
- National Center for Human Rights
- Nisha Organization
- Peace and Freedom Organization
- Shlomo Organization for Documentation
- Tajdid Iraq
- To Reconcile Organization
- Turkmen Rescue Foundation
- Women Leadership Institute
- Women's Legal Assistance Organization
- Yezidi Organization for Documentation
Although only Iraqi CSOs are eligible for membership, the coalition welcomes support and seeks collaboration with national and international entities as well as engaged individuals.