What is the IOHR and how it was founded?
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights was founded in mid-2013, by a group of journalists and human rights defenders in order to put pressure on the authorities to abide national laws and international conventions that preserve human dignity regardless of race, color, form, religion, sect or nationality.
The IOHR has a network of volunteers and local resources in all Iraqi governorates. Those volunteers and resources work on monitoring and documenting violations, whether committed by official authorities or other bodies and groups.
Over the past three years, this network operates at the IOHR has expanded to include up to 70 volunteer monitors, who have helped to produce five annual reports in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
What are the funding sources of the IOHR?
The IOHR is administered voluntarily by all its employees, including its founder and director, as well as the board of advisors. The IOHR has a ranted office which is paid by its members' contributions.
In 2017 and 2018, the IOHR implemented two projects supported by NED, about enhancing the role of human rights defenders in Iraq. In 2016and 2017, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation trained 30 of the IOHR team, in monitoring and documenting the human rights violations, it also supported developing the website on 2019.
In 2019, the IOHR launched a website specialized in the statistical data of displaced people, on cooperation with Data4Change.
The IOHR submitting its reports regularly to the governmental bodies and international organizations.
The IOHR has no funding to support the employee salaries, office rent, office supplies or promotions. Since 2014 until mid-2018, all reports were issued voluntarily. The IOHR has received no financial support from any parties, states, religious groups or companies, local or international. The main purpose of this is to preserve its independence. The IOHR welcomes any unconditional support who does not seek to deal with the human rights record selectively.
The IOHR is a non-profit institute; it does not aim to have any profits from its work. IOHR employees have no belonging to any of the political parties, religious groups or any other party of the conflict in Iraq.
Vision of the IOHR:
IOHR Vision is to raise a voice for the voiceless individuals, and to set the authorities sights on respecting human rights and to put an end to impunity to perpetrators of violations. The IOHR believes that the post-ISIS period will witness major violations of human rights, which will be caused by conflicts between communities in the areas that has been liberated, and by the proliferation of militias and weapons, as well as by the attempts of the demographic changes caused by preventing a number of IDPs from returning to their areas.