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.
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.