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Day 1 – November 7, 2010

Mr. Basim Al-Awadi (Representative of Mr. Amar Al-Hakim-Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq)

Right to left:  Mr. Kamil Ameen (Director General-MoHR), Mr. Aadil Al-Zoba’ee(Baghdad Provincial Council member), Ms. Samira Al-Musawi (PM-CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation), Judge Hadi Aziz (Retired judge-Karada Court).

Right to left: Mr. Husam Abdullah (HRAI-Coalition member, Mr. Khalid Ameen (PM-CoR), Mr. Wisam Ja’afar (HRAI-Coalition member), Ms. Shlair Laiz (PM-CoR), Dr. Maha Al-Sagban (HRAI-Coalition member).

From right to left: Mr. Amar Fahim (HRAI-Coalition member), Mr. William Warda (Hamorabi Organization), Ms. Shlair Laiz (PM-CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation), Dr. Ghazi Faisal (Dean of Law College-Alnahrain University), Dr. Fawziya Al-Attiya (Academic).

Right to left: Mr. Mohammed Kiyani (PM-CoR), Ms. Shayan Mohammed Taher (PM-CoR).

Day 2 – November 7, 2010

Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (E.D of Iraq Foundation)-Opening the session.

IF-Staff of Baghdad and Basra with Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (Executive Director of Iraq Foundation)

Right to left: Mr. Salim Lafta (HRAI-Coalition member), Ali Raheem (HRAI-Project Manager), Mr. Haider Al-Awadi (HRAI-Coalition member).

Right to left: Mr. Khalil Ibrahim (National Institute for Human Rights – MoHR), Mr. Abdulkareem Shnayin (Head of the Human Rights Committee in Baghdad Provincial Council), Dr. Salah Al-Ni’aimi (Representative of the MoHE), Ms. Shayan Mohammed Taher (PM in the CoR), Ms. Rend Al-Rahim (Executive Director of Iraq Foundation).

Mr. Abdulsatar Al-Bairikdar (Spokesperson of the Higher Judicial Council).

On September 2nd, IF’s HRAI Team Launched a joint media campaign with local provincial council members to promote and discuss a variety of human rights topics. Three programs were produced, covering women’s rights,  honor killings in Kurdistan, and the role of CSOs in protecting human rights, where held in September.

During October, IF’s HRAI team also continued to work with local partners and provincial council members to produce and broadcast local TV programs on human rights themes.  Seven programs were produced this month, covering: the role of the governmental associations in supporting and protecting human rights; the establishment of the Iraqi Human Right Commission; the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review; administrative corruption and human rights; the human rights situation in prisons and detention centers; minority rights; and forced disappearance.

The final program was held on November 4th. A total of 10 programs were produced in collaboration with provincial council officials through the course of this media campaign.

For more information on the individual broadcasts, please see below:


September 2nd-Azadi local TV in Erbil – The topic was about “Women rights and honor killings in Kurdistan”

September 14th-Dahouk local TV in Dahouk-The topic was about “Women’s rights”


September 17th-Salah Al-Deen Satellite Channel-the topic was about ”the role of CSOs in supporting and protecting human rights”

On Oct. 4, IF implemented in Salah Alden-Satellite TV Channel, the 3rd HR program on “the role of the governmental associations in supporting and protecting human rights”.

On Oct. 5, the 4th HR program was transmitted on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel about “the establishment of the Iraqi Human Right Commission”.

The 5th HR program “the mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review” was transmitted on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 12.

IF implemented the 6th HR program “Administrative corruption and human rights” in Al-Ghadeer Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 15.

The 7th HR program” the human rights situation in prisons and detention centers” was implemented on Oct. 22.

“The minorities’ rights” was the 8th HR program that IF implemented on Al-Hurriya Satellite TV Channel on Oct. 19.

Al-Anbar Satellite TV Channel transmitted IF’s 9th HR TV program “Forced disappearance” on Oct. 20.

On July 13th HRAI coalition members held their 7th coalition building meeting in Suleimaniyya-Iraq. During the meeting, the 20 participants discussed futures activities including the media campaign about the UN human rights council recommendations to Iraq, the shadow reports on CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the report on Iraq’s legal status regarding the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Protection of all Persons from enforced Disappearance.

Following the coalition building meeting, IF held a workshop on the”Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW) shadow report writing, from July 14-16. The workshop was facilitated by the Association Libanaise pour l’Education et la Formation (ALEF) and covered: the Iraqi state’s legal bind to meet its obligations as stipulated in the Convention, an analysis of Iraq’s compliance with the convention, the most important challenges that prevent Iraq from complying with the convention, and the technical aspects of the shadow report writing. Participants were very active and engaged.

From November 14-17 2009, IF implemented the 4th HRAI advocacy workshop and held the 5th coalition building meeting in Beirut, Lebanon.
The workshop aimed at training HRAI coalition members on shadow reports writing and was conducted by Dr. Mohammed Mattar, Executive Director of the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University. 20 coalition members atteneded the workshop, where participants discussed the shadow reporting system and the reporting mechanisms of the seven conventions that require reporting with a greater emphasis on the conventions on the Rights of the Child and Civil and Political Rights. Dr. Mattar also provided participants with sample shadow reports from regional countries and conducted an analytical review of these reports.

Following the training, HRAI coalition members wrote a shadow report on children’s rights and another one on political and civil rights. Dr. Mattar is providing detailed reviews of the shadow reports that the coalition members will be writing.

During November, IF also held HRAI’s 6th the coalition building meeting aimed at reviewing the HRAI project activities and planning for the upcoming International Human Rights Day activities after the advocacy workshop. Coalition members agreed to hold activities in the provinces during human rights weeks to raise awareness about and advocate for human rights. IF also informed coalition members that it will be launching an intensive TV campaign from December 7 to 12 on four major TV stations.

On October 11 2009, IF held the 5th HRAI coalition building meeting in Baghdad. The meeting was attended by 17 coalition members and enabled coalition members to go over the project’s activities discuss challenges, and plan for concerted activities to hold in the provinces during the week of Human Rights Day.

IF held a its third coalition building meeting on March 12, as part of the Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) project  The meeting aimed at strengthening the coalition established last May and also at improving coalition members’ skills in using the Martus human rights documentation software.  

In addition, HRAI coalition members participated in the project’s second advocacy workshop from the 13 – 15. The goal of this workshop was to improve the report writing skills of coalition members. During the workshop, IF staff and coalition members met with several government officials including the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Human Rights, and KRG’s Minister of Civil Society. IF also continued advocacy initiatives nationwide and monitored human rights reports and activities in the media and the Iraqi Parliament.

To support our Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI), IF held a conference for Iraqi human rights stakeholders on the 11th and 12th of November, 2008, which gathered more than 60 participants including Members of Parliament, ministries and government representatives as well as religious and community leaders, NGOs and the media. Among other things, participants discussed the achievements and challenges facing the Iraqi Parliament’s Human Rights Committee, the responsibilities of human rights NGOs in building bridges between citizens and the government, as well as Iraq’s commitments to the ratified international conventions on human rights. 

Prior to the Stakholders Conference, IF held the HRAI project’s second coalition building meeting on November 10, which was attended by Executive Director Rend Al-Rahim. This meeting gathered 16 coalition members. The participants shared information about the progress of the project, discussed future activities, the challenges ahead, and reviewed some parts of the training on the Martus software, designed to unify and systematize the documentation and retrieval of human rights violations data.

The HRAI coalition members held their first Coalition Building Meeting on August 28 2008.

IF conducted a coalition building meeting for the Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI) coalition members on August 28, 2008. During the meeting, participants discussed the HRAI project’s goal and objectives as well as the project’s future strategies. The human rights coalition is a network of Iraqi human rights NGOs committed to holding the Iraqi government accountable for the state of Iraqis’ civil and political liberties. The coalition member meet quarterly to coordinate advocacy campaigns and reports.  After each meetings, coalition members approach their key contacts in government, at the governorate, parliamentary and ministerial levels with agreed upon advocacy messages and tailored recommendations on how each government official can help to advance a particular human rights cause.

To support our Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI), IF implemented a small grants program to support Iraqi NGOs and promote human rights. IF will fund a total of ten projects. Grant awards are valued at $3,000 USD each.


1st Round:

The Rased Center for Human Rights- Najaf 
Project’s goal: Educate criminal investigators, police officers, and detainees about the rights of the accused.

The Anwar Humane and Independent Organization- Basra
Project’s goal: Raise awareness about minorities and refugees’ rights and about the role of civil society in putting pressure on the government.

Woman Empowerment Center- Suleimaniya
Project’s goal: Raise awareness about children’s rights and help reduce family violence.

The Daou’ Organization for Human Development and Relief- Baghdad 
Project’s goal: Raise awareness about women and children’s rights.

2nd round:

The Mawtini organization for supporting youth- Diwaniya
Project’s goal: Raise awareness about rights and human rights violations, focusing on women, minorities and children, through radio programs.

The Ashtar center for journalistic training- Babil
Project’s goal: Build the capacity of journalists to report on human rights through holding 2 three-day workshops in Babil and Diwaniya.

The Yazidi fraternity and solidarity league -Mosul
Project’s goal: Encourage minorities’ students to go back to school through 5 awareness raising workshops.

3rd Round:

The Akad Organization- Baghdad
Project’s goal: Promote the right to practice one’s own religion

The Humane Organization for Human Rights- Kut
Project’s goal: Preventing violence in schools

The Himam Institution for Civil Society Building- Basra
Project’s goal: Promoting children’s rights

To support our Human Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI), IF implemented a small grants program to support Iraqi NGOs and promote human rights.IF will fund a total of ten projects. In may, IF worked with Iraqi NGOs to carry-out the first round of projects, which comprise four grants valued at $3,000 USD each.

The first grant was given to the Al-Dhawo Organization of Baghdad to conduct six workshops to raise awareness about women and children’s rights. T

he Anwar Humanitarian and Independent Organization of Basra was also awarded a small grant to conduct five workshops targeting students, minorities, refugees and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to raise awareness about minority and refugee rights and the role of civil society to influence positive change in the government.

The third grant was awarded to the Rased Center for Human rights in Najaf to provide educational workshops to police officers, criminal investigators on detainee’s rights.

The final grant of the first round was awarded to the Women Empowerment Center of Sulaimaniya to conduct ten one-day workshops and a series of children-led plays to promote the rights of women and children and reduce violence in the home.