Putting the survivors first: Forging the Coalition for Just Reparations
Dealing with the legacy of gross human rights violations by providing mental health and medical support to survivors has been an utmost priority for Jiyan Foundation. Our experience has shown that justice plays an important role in coping with trauma. For this reason, we’ve made a strategic decision in 2018 to focus on the reparative side of justice. After broad consultations conducted in 2019 Jiyan Foundation spearheaded an alliance of 25 Iraqi NGOs calling for comprehensive reparations for civilian victims of atrocity crimes perpetrated during the ISIL conflict in Iraq: The Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR).
The C4JR uses Iraqi law and international human rights law to support reparation claims of survivors and encourage Iraqi authorities to meet their obligation to provide reparations. A concept of reparations promoted by the C4JR is not limited to compensation but includes a wide range of entitlements such as symbolic reparations, rehabilitation, restitution and guarantees of non-repetition with a strong transformative aspect. By the end of 2020 C4JR grew to 30 NGOs and managed to:
Over the next few years Jiyan Foundation hopes to expand the C4JR and begin to assess and advocate for the implementation reparations programs to all survivors of ISIL atrocities. Visit www.C4JR.org for more information and follow C4JR on twitter for immediate updates.