A Story of Success - CVT Shares C4JR Success Story for campaign supporting the passing and implementing the Yazidi Survivors Law for Survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence in Iraq

Erbil (May 16, 2022) — A program of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), New Tactics in Human Rights, highlighted the Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR) campaign on passing and implementing the Yazidi Survivors Law in Iraqi parliament as a story of success.

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Head of Rights and Justice and C4JR Secretariat Bojan Gavrilovic released the following statement:

“The C4JR played a pivotal role in getting the Yazidi Survivors Law enacted, but let us not forget that delayed and ineffective implementation prolongs the agony of survivors, their families, and affected communities. 

“To ease the suffering of vulnerable communities it is imperative that Iraqi authorities demonstrate renewed commitment to supporting survivors of ISIS terrorism and continue to set an example for the world by ensuring that the opportunities made possible through this law don’t remain unrealized. This requires allocating sufficient funding to allow for the full satisfaction of all benefits promised under the law to eligible survivors, including salaries, housing, public employment, health care, mental health support, and education.

“Great progress has undoubtedly been made through the passage of the YSL, but without sustained dedication, its promised benefits will not reach survivors in need.”

Jiyan Foundation will continue to provide resources to and support C4JR’s advocacy for survivor-centered implementation of the YSL. We are convinced that the C4JR´s successes will continue and that this pioneering language of reparations will open the door for victims of other gross human rights violations in Iraq to receive recognition and a reasonable measure of justice.

Donations for C4JR advocacy can be accepted at https://jiyan.org/donate-c4jr/

About the Coalition for Just Reparations:

C4JR is a project of Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights and an alliance of Iraqi civil society organizations (CSOs), representing Iraq’s linguistic, ethnic and religious diversity, supporting reparation claims of survivors and other victims of crimes perpetrated during the conflict with the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS conflict in Iraq). C4JR draws on international human rights and national law to advance the right to reparations of all civilian victims of ISIS armed conflict in Iraq.

Fundraising for C4JR is managed solely by Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights. If you would like to donate, please do so by clicking here: Donate to C4JR

About Center for Victims of Torture, New Tactics in Human Rights

New Tactics helps activists become more effective through strategic thinking and tactical planning.

A program of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), New Tactics emerged from CVT’S  experience as a creator of new tactics, a leader of coalitions, and as a center that also advocates for the protection of human rights from a unique position – one of healing and of reclaiming civic leadership. Read about the New Tactics team.

About Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is a nonprofit organization that supports survivors of human rights violations, defends fundamental freedoms, and promotes democratic values throughout the world. Jiyan Foundation seeks to build democratic societies that protect the dignity of the human being, where adults and children enjoy the rights to life and freedom, and citizens are free from violence, torture, terror, domestic violence, and human rights violations. 

Our programs, projects, and initiatives provide mental health, medical treatment, and other health services to survivors of trauma, terror, domestic violence, and human rights violations. Our work supports nine treatment centers, a clinic for Yazidi women and families, a Healing Garden, and mobile teams helping survivors in 11 refugee and IDP camps in nine regions throughout Kurdistan-Iraq, Iraq, and Syria. Since 2005 these programs have provided support to over 100,000 people.