Our foundation seeks through its refugees’ integration program to contribute in integrating the refugees in the European communities and promoting brotherhood and friendship through strengthening the relations between the European communities and the Middle East.
This program conducts studies about extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East. The program is managed by the Fraternity Center for Terrorism and Extremism Research (FCTER). The FCTER prepares field studies and researches about extremism and terrorism, its causes, consequences and means of treating it in the Middle East to influence the decision-makers, protect the civil peace and promote the principles of citizenship, freedom and democracy.
FCTER also supervises the monitoring and documenting of human rights’ violations through publishing statistics and updating its database periodically in special reports on major catastrophic events. FCTER also issues press releases about the violations that occur in its work zones. Additionally, FCTER issues monthly reports on violations committed in its work zones in narrative forms depending on formal and documented testimonies.
The program shares public reports with local and international organizations and publishes UN and international human rights reports.
Our foundation (FFHR/Birati) confirms that the documentation process is intended for the realization of rights of the victims, including the civilians and the unarmed, and it seeks general reforms and achieving freedoms as well as raising the level of respect for human rights in its work areas. We also do not accept in any way to turn those violations into political gains in favor of any party of the conflict.
We seek through this program to spread the human rights concepts in their international UN-centered forms based on the International Justice of Human Rights among the communities where our foundation operates. We implement this program through an integrated training program to be carried out in six human rights levels: (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2) in addition to basic annual campaigns implemented by our foundation and minor monthly campaigns where most of the major and minor campaigns accompanied by awareness and educational publications. Our foundation only translated all conventions issued by the United Nations to the Kurdish language where the program aimed at delivering human rights awareness to the largest possible segment of the zone in which we operate. Our foundation issues all publications and booklets in Arabic and Kurdish.
Additionally, our foundation works through a network of media team and technical production aiming at creating an objective media amid the politicized media that is widespread in the region. We also work on producing films about the reality of human rights and we publish training guides with illustrations in cooperation with the human rights awareness program.
Our foundation believes in the importance of shedding light on the local defenders of human rights and thus it has provided them with legal support and job opportunities as well as honoring them.
The foundation has two awards for defenders of human rights.
The first one is an international award given to international defenders under the name of ”Razan Zaitouneh Award” to support the defenders of human rights, and it is granted on the International Human Rights Day. The other award is known as the Fraternity Award to support defenders of human rights. The foundation also gives financial grants to the local defenders of human rights who have been subjected to the conditions of arrest and the hard life as a result of their defense of human rights.
Our foundation works on the promotion of humanitarian act abilities and civil society organizations working in the Middle East by providing expertise, training and skills adequate to exercise its leading role in achieving democratic change in their countries and enabling them to exercise their strategies in building their democratic societies based on freedom, democracy and peace to achieve justice and equality among the spectra of those communities. The foundation works to support the aforementioned activities by financial grants provided by its fund of supporting the civil society in the Middle East.
Women’s Empowerment Program economically, politically and legally contains the center for women empowerment and She-Leader Center for administrative and political empowerment.
The foundation considers the women and her role the most important cornerstones of its work in parallel with the full attention given to enable them on three axes:
1- Cultural/Cognitive empowerment by raising their awareness of human rights and women’s rights as well as the international conventions related to them.
2-Professional empowerment by providing them with the skills and training to support themselves and rely on themselves to break the masculine power and participate in decision-making and building the future.
3-Administrative and political empowerment through training them on management and leadership as well as gaining full skill in decision-making and future
Program of Children Rights Protection in the Middle East is managed by the Center of Childhood Friends:
The foundation made children and their rights the priorities of its interest. So it made the Center of Childhood Friends that provides training workshops about the rights of children. These workshops are given to mothers of tortured children where the mothers learn about the best way to deal with a child in a crisis, the Syrian crisis, for example. The Centre of Childhood Friends also receives the tortured children and those who were harmed by the war conditions. It provides them with sessions of psychological support and sport and art sessions as well as the development of talents depending on a specialized training guide which is prepared by a team in our foundation. This team is specialized in supporting the victims of violence.
Peace program aims at peace building and conflict resolution in the Middle East.
Our foundation believes in peace and positive dialogue as a way to overcome the existing civil war in Syria and the armed conflicts in Iraq and Turkey as well as the tyranny of the Iranian regime with its people. We seek to spread a culture of tolerance and implementing workshops in negotiation and conflict resolution as well as holding periodical seminars between the influential people of various political and ethnic factions. In addition, we work to hold general seminars where influential people lecture about the need for tolerance as means to stop war and bloodshed. In this domain, the foundation adopted a document of peace, which politicians and community activists from the region contributed in its formation as a document for the conflict resolution in Syria.
Ms. Dher, the FFHR General Director, is Syrian from Hasaka city. She participated in civil acts since 2007 and she was one of the first activists in her city to participate in the popular protest movement in Syria. She has worked since the start of Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR/Birati) as an advisor for the International Federation for Human Rights on the starting of fraternity project, and she has worked as a Project Manager and Public Relations Manager in the Foundation since 2013 to 2016, and then she served as the General Director of the foundation in October 2016.
Darwish is Syrian lawyer and human rights activist. He is the head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. He is known as the most prominent Syrian activist. He had been arrested for his justice activities on February 16, 2012 and was released on August 10, 2015. Additionally, he volunteered for the FFHR/Birati Board for he was elected by the FFHR/Birati constituent body in October 2016.
Thomas McGee is a British academic and humanitarian practitioner who has worked on a wide range of conflict-induced crises and human rights issues, especially statelessness. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and holds a Master Degree in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter, where he worked particularly on the situation of stateless Kurds in Syria. Thomas has worked with humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance to displaced and vulnerable people in Iraq and Syria as well as conducting a research on emergent civil society organizations in Syria after 2011.