Project information

Protecting minority rights in Iraq & Somalia

To promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of vulnerable civilians, especially women, minorities, and displaced people, in Iraq and Somalia.

October 2008 - October 2012

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need

    Need

    The civil space for the operation of NGOs is severely compromised for minorities in both countries. In Iraq, minority associations have been closed down, their premises or places of worship attacked, and leaders subjected to specific death threats, kidnappings & killings. In both countries, the participation of minorities in civil administration & the institutions of government remains poor therefore, exclusion from power and protection at a crucial time of transition in their countries.

    Solution

    To strengthen the monitoring and advocacy capacity of civil society organisations and human rights activists representing vulnerable minorities in Iraq and Somalia and promote their effective public participation at local, national and international level.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Strengthened capacities of civil society organisations to protect and promote human rights.

    Activities

    » 3 workshops/networking events for representatives of minority organizations and human rights activists.
    » minority rights workshop for 40 minority representatives, human rights activists and other relevant stakeholders.
    » Provide capacity-building grants for smaller CSOs working with internally displaced People (IDPS), minorities and vulnerable people.
    » Establish a system of civilian-led reporting of human rights abuses in each country.

    Strengthened capacities of civil society organisations, their networks and activists working to protect and promote the human rights of vulnerable minorities in Iraq/Somalia.


    Aim 2

    Increased awareness of the human rights situation of vulnerable minority communities.

    Activities

    » Publication of three bulletins per year on the human rights situation per country, in English/Somali & in English/ Arabic with targeted media launches
    » Publication of one 'lessons learned' report on 'Realizing the potential of civilian-led human rights reporting', with a seminar in Brussels or Geneva
    » Three international advocacy trips to New York / Washington, Geneva, Brussels to brief international actors in the UN, US and the EU.

    Success will be when there is an increased awareness of the human rights situation of vulnerable minorities in the target countries by national and international policy-makers.


    Aim 3

    Increased participation of minority representatives and civil society organizations.

    Activities

    » One national advocacy plan on the respect of the human rights of minorities will be implemented.
    » Annual dialogues and advocacy meetings with key stakeholders.

    Success will be when an Increased participation of minority representatives & civil society organisations representing minorities in relevant national or regional power structures.


    Aim 4

    Strengthened partnerships between minority organizations and intergovernmental actors.

    Activities

    » workshops/networking events for representatives of minority organizations and human rights activists

    Strenghtened partnerships between minority civil society organisations and intergovernmental actors with a human rights, humanitarian or conflict prevention mandate.


    Aim 5

    Improved working environment of minority organizations/human rights activists.

    Activities

    » International advocacy missions on human rights situations in Iraq and Somalia

    Success will be when there is an improved working environment for minority organisations/human rights activists following the removal of legal/procedural barriers.


  • Impact

    Impact

    To strengthen the monitoring and advocacy capacity of civil society organisations and human rights activists representing vulnerable minorities in Iraq and Somalia and promote their effective public participation at local, national and international level. In addition to that, this programme will contribute to preventing conflict and mass atrocities, and responds to the needs of those affected by conflict, either as bystanders or victims.

    Risk

    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.

    Reporting

    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £83,376

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Research and documentation Research and documentation in Iraq and Somalia
      £30,000 Activities Community – based activities/training in each country
      £15,000 Reports Writing and compiling document, read and comment on draft text, translate, publish, & launch
      £23,376 Advocacy Country advocacy strategy activities/ Campaigning

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £416,880 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Iraq, Somalia, Nairobi

    Beneficiaries

    CSOs andother civilian activists workng for the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and internationally displaced persons. the final beneficiaries are these vulnerable communities. Iraq’s minority communities make up about 2.8 million people. Somali minorities comprise communities with origins outside the pastoralist clan structure: The largest minority group is the Bantu (or “Jarir”) community, numbering around 1 million.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

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    People

    Iraqi Minorities Organization (IMO)

    IMO will be directly involved in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the work.

    Somali Minority Rights And Aid Forum (SOMRAF)

    SOMRAF will especially be in charge of the implementation and monitoring of activities to be implemented in Somalia.

    IIDA-Women's Development Organisation

    It will assist with expertise and knowledge of the situation of minority communities, especially women, in Somalia.

    Asuda - Organisation For Combating Violence Against Women

    It will assist with expertise and knowledge of the situation of minority communities, especially women, in Iraq.