“Children are our future” is an often-heard slogan used to indicate that children are the focus of an effort, that their protection and development are essential for the development of societies, and that we all care about them and their interests. From January 2020 through December 2021, Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights researched the situation of former ISIS “Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups”. These children were forced to witness and be actively part in armed conflict and gross human rights violations.
This manual aims at enhancing the Iraqi civil society organizations’ (CSOs) knowledge in
Transitional and Restorative Justice (TJ/RJ) and improving their capacities in planning and
implementing relevant activities. Therefore, the manual combines both theoretical
knowledge and practical steps to explore, plan, and implement interventions at the local
levels. While the manual draws on TJ/RJ academic discourse and experiences from other post-conflict contexts, it was specifically developed in conformity with the Iraqi context and based on accumulated inputs from civil society actors.
Our Stories Need to be Heard – Rebuilding our Society Together through Listening and Dialogue
The booklet combines stories from patients and staff of the Jiyan Foundation to aid parents, teachers, community leaders and others to discuss the trauma that was brought by ISIS with children and youth, and provide strategies to counter the destructive messages that have been spread by the group.
Voices of Trauma and Hope
This brochure contains a selection of eleven representative survivors’ testimonials. We created this booklet to share our patients’ stories with a larger community. We feel it is essential to help the survivors speak out, in the hope that one day all people will enjoy their fundamental human rights in Iraq.
Rights in Your Pocket
We believe that a person who knows their rights has a better chance of getting their rights realised. Rights in Your Pocket is a series of pocket-sized booklets detailing fundamental human rights and specific women’s and children’s rights in Kurdish and English.