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Why Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR/Birati)?

After the decline of the demonstrations and the civil action mostly turned in Syria into armed opposition to the Syrian regime, the situation in the country turned into chaos. Accordingly, extremist groups of foreigners and locals emerged in the country, ending the civil peaceful popular uprising led by Syrian activists of various components in March 2011. This led to continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in the country.

Therefore, the FFHR founders saw themselves outside the military circle of the conflict due to their absolute faith in civil and peaceful work inspired by the freedom of opinion and expression and the freedom of choosing the system of government in their country in addition to their active participation at the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011.
The FFHR founders also have experience in civil work before the Syrian Revolution as most of them were descended from the country’s predominant Kurdish region which was mainly in a peaceful civil struggle against the Syrian regime and the totalitarian authority of the Baath party during the last five decades.

Thus, it was necessary to change the style of the revolutionary act from coordinating demonstrations into the organizing of a civil society that struggles to spread the mentality and culture of human rights and strengthening of civil peace. Civil peace in the country began to deteriorate by the emergence of the concepts of nationalism, religious and sectarian conflicts since 2012. So the necessity of change was based on the need to promote and strengthen the concepts of peace in an area considered one of the most complex ones in Syria.

The name of Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR/Birati) was chosen based on the desire for equality, justice and dignity for all components of the region. Many factions of the region participated in the launch of the foundation, including Kurds, Arabs and Chechens.

The launch of Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR/Birati)

The Danish Foreign Ministry provided material and moral support for the foundation under the auspices of the International Federation for Human Rights in late 2012.

On January 1, 2013 the foundation was launched under the name “The Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society,” the first civil society organization that opens its headquarters officially in the city of Hasaka and then in Qamishli city and Ras al-Ayn.

Then, the foundation carried out a series of successful events and built its activists’ capabilities in the field of human rights to provide the region for the first time with trained experts. A series of trainings were carried out under the supervision of trainers sent by the International Federation for Human Rights, such as Mr. Mahmoud Qandil from Egypt and Ms. Debbie from Burma, who serves as a vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights, and another vice-president Osman Hamida from Sudan, and Ms. Marie Camberlin, an administrator for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Federation for Human Rights and others.

From an emerging civil society center, to professional Foundation for human rights

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Late 2013, FFHR received a generous grant from the FCO in the UK Foreign Ministry under the patronage of Cofi International Organization, after a series of academic training by specialist trainers provided by Cofi Organization.
FFHR adopted its document for strategic planning and adopted a work system according to specialized programs to provide services in the field of defending human rights, citizenship and peace.

Our programs moved to a group of organizations working under the umbrella of fraternity and launched empowerment center for women and childhood friends center as well as peace program in May 2014 while the Danish Foreign Ministry continued to provide support to FFHR. Then we strengthened partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights and then our foundation expanded by opening two branches: the first in late 2014 in Kobani before the invasion by ISIS group and the second one in the city of Qahtaniya (Terbesipiye) in the province of Hasakah in Syria in early 2015. Our Foundation has continued to develop its staff and build their capacity and performing its strategic plan, thus achieving remarkable successes to be the leading local organization.

Our Foundation has continued to develop its staff, build their capacity and performing its strategic plan, and thus achieving remarkable successes to be the leading local organization until the second half of 2015. Then the foundation announced its new system by changing the name from Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society to Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR). FFHR operates seven local programs as organizations within the foundation, such as the Empowerment Center for Women and Childhood Friends Center. Then our foundation got a grant from the FCO Office to develop its Women Empowerment Program at the beginning of 2015 and then Childhood Friends Center at late 2015, After that we opened an office in the town of Tel-Abyad on the border with Turkey in the early 2016 to be one of the first organizations that operates in the town after liberating it from ISIS group.

In October 2016, the organization’s founder resigned from his post as a general manager and the constituent body chose a new board on the request of the founder. Thus, a decision has been made to improve the foundation despite the financial difficulties that were experienced in the first half of 2016. The foundation has chosen the board of directors from local and international qualifications, including Syrians and Europeans with further potential expansion to include figures from Iraq, Turkey and Iran. Additionally, the Statute has been amended based on the decision of the constituent body. Then the foundation started working in Europe and the Middle East and it has been registered officially in Germany under the German charity law. Thus, the foundation decided to work outside Syria in the field of refugees in Europe as well as peace and human rights in the Middle East.

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1. Program of preparing studies, research, monitoring and documenting violations
2. Supporting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights
3. The program of women's empowerment legally, politically and economically in the Middle East