Helping survivors of ISIS conflict in Iraq realize their right to reparations

Aproach and Vision


We want a coalition of civil society actors in Iraq – C4JR to use international human rights and national law to advance the right to reparation (link) of all victims (link) of ISIS armed conflict (link) in Iraq.

Our core beliefs:

• Full respect for international human rights law.

• A belief in the inherent dignity of humankind.

• Commitment to gender equality.

• That every victim of a gross human rights violation (link) has an enforceable individual right to reparation (link).

• A strong civil society is a major precondition for success of transitional justice (link) processes.

• CSOs in post-conflict states are able to rise above sectarian, religious, ethnic, class, ideological and other divisions and use international law to the benefit of victims.

• Peaceful coexistence and mutual respect are fundamentals which should govern relations among communities and groups.

• Repairing the harm done to victims (link) of gross human rights violations (link) should be of utmost priority not only for states where the violation took place but also for the international community and people worldwide.

• Any programs aimed at rectifying gross human rights violations (link) should be communicated, discussed and approved by the victims themselves in a timely manner.

Our approach is:

Victim’s views are placed front-and-center of all that we do.

We are committed not to differentiate between the victims (link). Therefore, all victims (link) should be recognized, regardless of ethnic, religious or other background. This should not be interpreted as a claim that all individuals, groups and communities suffered the same. Quite the opposite, we recognize that members of certain groups (Yazidi, Turkmen etc.) were deliberately targeted and, in addition to individual, suffered a collective trauma as well.

We recognize the broader cultural factors which led to gender-based discrimination, which also need to be addressed.

We want to involve and give equal voice to all affected communities and individuals.

Long-lasting change can only be achieved by focusing on the community level. This is a bottom-up approach, designed to empower communities to advocate and influence for change themselves. This in turn allows for local policies to be tailored to the needs of each individual community, rather than being nationally uniform.

We want to anticipate problems in the early stages, before disagreements lead to unrest.

Seeking to empower rather than paternalize victims (link) and their communities.