Supporting Survivors of Human Rights Violations in Iraq

For decades Iraq has been plagued by despotism, terror and war, which have left deep wounds in its society. In 2005, the Center ÜBERLEBEN was the first organization to establish a rehabilitation center for survivors of torture in Iraq. Under the direction of our psychotherapist Salah Ahmad, a unique network of six rehabilitation centers has been set up in the North Iraqi cities of Kirkuk, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, Chamchamal and Duhok. Each year about 2000 torture survivors and victims of violence receive treatment free-of-charge.

Im September 2013 our Iraqi partner organization changed its name from Kirkuk Center for Torture Victims to Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights.

The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

The Jiyan Foundation is an independent organization registered in Iraq that

  • provides free medical, psychological and social assistance to those who have experienced torture and similar human rights abuses
  • promotes the physical rehabilitation, mental well-being and social reintegration of victims and their family members
  • protects children and women living in survivor families from aggression, domestic violence, intergenerational conflict and secondary traumatization
  • informs survivors, particularly women and children, about their rights
  • educates the public and key decision-makers in Iraq about the suffering of torture victims, their specific needs, and their right to obtain rehabilitation and redress
  • seeks to foster a climate of tolerance, understanding and respect for human rights in Iraq.

The Jiyan Foundation currently employs around 120 medical doctors, psychologists, social workers and administrative staff. Services include programs for traumatized survivors of human rights violations, persecution and genocide, refugees and minorities, women, children and adolescents as well as the civil society and democracy.

Partners and Supporters

The work of the Center ÜBERLEBEN in Iraq is currently supported by the German Foreign Office and the European Commission.

Links

www.jiyan-foundation.org

Kontakt

Salah Ahmad
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Friederike Regel
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