Coalition Member Reports:

Babil HRAI Coalition Member Report:
The report of Babil Center for Human Rights & Civil Development on the Human Rights Situation in Babil Province for 2010 (MS Word, Arabic)


2nd Stakeholders Conference Report (PDF, Arabic)

Speeches from 2nd Stakeholders Conference
November 2010

Photos: 2nd Stakeholders Conference
November 2010

HRAI Team works with local Provincial Council Members to Produce TV Programs
September - October 2010

HRAI Media Campaign on UN Recommendations
July and October 2010

7th Coalition BUilding Meeting and Workshop
July 2010

IF Celebrates Human Rights Day 2009 with HRAI Coalition Members
December 2009

6th Coalition Building Meeting and 4th Advocacy Workshop:
Beirut, November 2009

5th Coalition Building Meeting:
Baghdad, October 2009

Human Rights Advocacy Initiative Group produces Iraq's First Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report for the United Nations!

UPR Summary in Arabic (PDF)

UPR Full Text in Arabic (PDF)

Human Rights Advocacy Initiative Workshop and Coalition Building Meeting
March 2009

1st Stakeholders Conference
November 2008

Stakeholders Conference Recommendations

Human Rights Advocacy Initiative Workshop
October 2008

Human Rights Advocacy Initiative Coalition Building Meeting
August 2008


HRAI Radio Spot (WAV File)

HRAI Television Spots

HRAI Human Rights Day 2009 Television Spot

Small Grants:

Small Grant Awardees

Awardee Activities:


January 2009, Ed. 1 (PDF / Arabic)

February 2009, Ed. 2 (PDF / Arabic)

March 2009, Ed. 3 (PDF / Arabic)

April 2009, Ed. 4 (PDF / Arabic)

May 2009, Ed. 5 (PDF / Arabic)

June 2009, Ed. 6 (PDF / Arabic)

July 2009, Ed. 7 (PDF / Arabic)

August 2009, Ed. 8 (PDF / Arabic)

August 2009, Ed. 8 - Translated to English (PDF)

September 2009, Ed. 9 (PDF / Arabic)

October 2009, Ed. 10 (PDF / Arabic)

November 2009, Ed. 11 (PDF / Arabic)

December 2009, Ed. 12 (PDF / Arabic)

January 2010, Ed. 13 (PDF / Arabic)

February 2010, Ed. 14 (PDF / Arabic)

March 2010, Ed. 15 (PDF / Arabic)

April 2010, Ed. 16 (PDF / Arabic)

May 2010, Ed. 17 (PDF / Arabic)

June 2010, Ed. 18 (PDF / Arabic)

July 2010, Ed. 19 (PDF / Arabic)

August 2010, Ed. 20 (PDF / Arabic)


Human Rights Advocacy Initiative

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Human Rights Advocacy Initiative

Project Granted in May, 2008

Project Completed November 2010

The goal of the Iraq Human Rights Advocacy Initiative was to empower Iraqi human rights leaders in civil society to be better advocates for human rights. The Iraq Foundation implimented a basket of initiatives designed to consolidate Iraq’s budding human rights community into a strong, broad-based advocacy coalition pressing to hold the Iraqi government accountable for the state of Iraqis' civil and political liberties. The initiatives were designed and synchronized to be mutually enhancing and reinforcing.


The project had four objectives:

1) Launch a media and grassroots advocacy campaign to press the Iraqi government on ratification and adherence to international human rights conventions;

2) Raise human rights awareness at the grassroots level across the country through a nationwide, decentralized public education campaign;

3) Strengthen the monitoring, reporting, networking and advocacy skills of the human rights coalition members;

4) Assist the coalition to develop its human rights documentation and monitoring into official shadow reports to present at the UN Human Rights Council.


Iraq Foundation's guiding strategic principles for the project were:

  • Creating country-wide linkages and a truly national human rights coalition
  • Pressuring the government to improve its commitment and ability to protect all Iraqis
  • Working with government officials and members of parliament to coalesce around the causes led by prominent civil society actors
  • Joining the forces of grassroots, national and international advocacy channels' at both non-governmental and governmental levels—to raise awareness about Iraq's human rights situation and demand change
  • Taking full advantage of the relatively free, diverse media environment in Iraq as a vehicle for advocacy and public awareness
  • Creating long-term sustainability for coalition advocacy actions on the most fundamental human rights violations


Iraq Foundation provided expert training in human rights monitoring, report writing and advocacy message development, and facilitated advocacy coalition building activities, small grants activity, radio and TV campaigns, regular reporting on the human rights situation and shadow reports for presentation at Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva by Iraqi advocates. IF also facilitated two trips by NGO leaders to attend the Human Rights Council meetings. Iraq Foundation's implementing partner, a lebanon-based NGO, provided leading advocates with new skills in advocacy and coalition building around human rights violations. A California-based NGO provided all coalition members and the trainers exposure to Martus software with the goal of unifying and systematizing the documentation and retrieval of human rights violations data. All project interventions worked in synergy, providing leading Iraqi human rights advocates with both new skills and new opportunities to press for adherence to universal principles of human rights.


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