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Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Jîyan is the Kurdish word for "life". The Jiyan Foundation supports survivors of human rights violations, promotes democratic values and defends fundamental freedoms in Kurdistan-Iraq.



Presence in: Iraq, Syria
Focus: Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights supports survivors of human rights violations, defends fundamental freedoms and promotes democratic values ​​in Iraq and Syria. We seek a democratic society that protects the dignity of the human being, where adults and children enjoy the rights to life and freedom, and citizens are free from torture and terror.

Our Values

Our work follows the core values ​​set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We believe in human dignity and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the declaration. We help survivors of human rights violations, regardless of their age, gender, ethnic or religious affiliation.

Our Story

In 2005, we opened the first treatment center for victims of torture in the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. Since then, we have established a network of twelve facilities in northern Iraq and northern Syria, supporting thousands of women, men and children every year.

Our Programs

The Jiyan Foundation provides survivors of violence and their families with physical rehabilitation, mental well-being and social reintegration programs. We are committed to ensuring that survivors can exercise to their basic human rights and are protected from further attacks. Through training and research, we are constantly improving the quality of our work. Our programs are:

People Associated With This Organization

Brwa Abdalla

Iraq  
Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights (Unverified)
Joined April 2021
Interests: Health
Studies Master of Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology. At University of the
Tübingen, Germany and University of Duhok, from September 2018 to the
present. Bachelor of Clinical Psychology at University of
Koya , 2012-2015. Legal empowerment project coordinator at Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Dyari Mustafa

Iraq  
Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights
Joined November 2019
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I am Dyari Mustafa from Jiyan foundation for Human rights. I am a proactive recent college graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration & Minor in Law. I have graduated form the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. My role in my organization is that I work as a project coordinator in fields of peace-building and legal services.
Dyari Mustafa is the network champion (main point of contact) for Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights.

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