Nov 24, 2020 Last Updated 4:25 PM, Oct 10, 2020

Jiyan Foundation Joins Forces with Iraqi Civil Society to Seek Reparations for Victims of ISIS Conflict in Iraq

Coalition for Just Reparations

The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights has led the effort to establish an alliance of Iraqi civil society organizations - The Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR) - with the sole purpose of promoting holistic reparations for survivors and victims of crimes perpetrated during the conflict with the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

To establish a coalition of Iraqi grassroot NGOs to further the cause for reparations, Jiyan Foundation's first task was to lead in the creation of three core documents for the prospective alliance:

  • Position paper on reparations (specifies core common principles on reparations in Iraq that will serve as one of the blueprints against which forthcoming state efforts to provide reparations to victims may be measured)
  • Statutes (sets out internal rules and structure of the Coalition)
  • Plan of activities (identifies tasks considered most important to be implemented in the future by the C4JR members)

C4JR and its core documents, an outcome of an intense negotiation process among the coalition members, were officially presented to the public during an event in Erbil on 6th of November 2019 that brought together representatives of Iraqi authorities, international community, civil society and survivors.

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, clarifying the importance of reparations to general public etc.

Although only Iraqi CSOs, that is to say NGOs registered in Iraq or Kurdistan Region of Iraq, are eligible for membership in the C4JR, the coalition welcomes support and seeks collaboration with a range of national and international entities as well as engaged individuals.

C4JR currently consists of the following organizations:

  1. ASUDA
  2. Better World Organization
  3. Bishkoreen
  4. Civil Development Organization
  5. Emma Organization
  6. Ghasin Al-Zaiton Organization for Youth
  7. Hammurabi Organization for Human Rights
  8. Harikar
  9. Iraqi Institution for Development
  10. Jinda Organization
  11. Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
  12. Justice Organization for Minority Rights
  13. Lotus Flower
  14. Methra Organization for Yarsani Culture and Development
  15. National Center for Human Rights
  16. Nisha Organization
  17. Peace and Freedom Organization
  18. Shlomo Organization for Documentation
  19. Tajdid Iraq
  20. To Reconcile Organization
  21. Turkmen Rescue Foundation
  22. Women Leadership Institute
  23. Women's Legal Assistance Organization
  24. Yazda
  25. Yezidi Organization for Documentation

Interest in joining, supporting or collaborating with the C4JR can be indicated by sending an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Jiyan Foundation. As soon as C4JR internal bodies become operational they will take over managing C4JR affairs.

Survivors' perspectives

Survivors' voices captured during launch of Coaltion for Just Reparations

Survivors' Perspectives

This is a summary of the main points from the panel discussion with eight survivors of ISIS atrocities, held in Erbil on 6th of November 2019. Survivors' appeals were kept in their original formulations, with minor adjustments.

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