End Impunity in Iraq (EII) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit international organization that is currently working on raising awareness of Iraqi human rights violations. The organization began as a digital grassroots movement to end impunity in Iraq through spreading awareness and carrying out initiatives by volunteer leaders domestically and internationally. Our team became aware of the significance of unifying Iraqi voices worldwide, especially after the anti-government 2019 protests, which revealed an emerging generation of young and promising Iraqis seeking justice and foundational changes away from the dire reality they have been experiencing for longer than eighteen years. On June 19th, 2021, EIII was officially registered as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania, United States. This was followed by rallies that took place in over 20 cities worldwide on July 18th, 2021. The rallies gained broad support and proved to be a huge success in bringing the issue of impunity in Iraq to light. Today, EIII has captured international attention and reached multiple milestones to become widely regarded as one of the leading non-profit human rights organizations. In addition, EIII is the first of its kind and holds an important value for Iraq because it stands out from other initiatives in both its mission and objectives, acting as a unifying point of consensus for all Iraqis regardless of their religious, political, or ideological differences.
Ending Impunity in Iraq is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating in the United States and working worldwide to raise awareness on impunity protections while amplifying Iraqi voices on the ground. EII’s mission is to create a momentum of change through policy, advocacy, grassroots, awareness, research, and development in order to urge the international community to correct its actions and focus on supporting the humanitarian efforts in Iraq. It is crucial that the international community ensures the Iraqi government holds perpetrators accountable by applying the rule of law above everyone and enforcing punishments against crimes, corruption, and other unlawful actions. The results of putting an end to impunity and activating accountability in Iraq will lead to the following: Combating financial corruption, dismantling political assassinations, drying up the sources of financing terrorism and armed militias, enhancing regional and global development, improving the performance of governmental institutions, empowering security agencies, and extending the rule of the state. of the state.
We aspire to see a functional and transparent justice system in Iraq that respects human rights, law, and equal treatment. This, however, cannot be accomplished without a government that respects the law and enforces accountability. Ending Impunity in Iraq has broken down its trajectory into short and medium-term goals.
Short Term Goals (1-3 years)
Create an overall education and awareness on impunity in Iraq on the local and international level to highlight current events, and support the people’s need on the ground to raise and amplify their silenced voices under impunity.
Mobilizing and building a network with local and international volunteers, organizations, governments, media institutions, and activists which will collectively create a global network of impactful campaigns and collaborations.
Research and identify policy issues to influence key international players leading to a strategic approach towards Iraqi affairs.
Building relationships with local and international officials and policymakers to echo on the ground, progressive, and fundamental human rights demands.
Mobilizing a network of participants, coalitions, activists, and all constituents to advocate for Iraqi human rights locally and worldwide.
Using all possible legal tools worldwide to prosecute those responsible for committing crimes with impunity.
File lawsuits against Iraqi officials that hold dual citizenship.
Medium-Term Goals (3-5 years)
Pushing to change society’s beliefs and behaviors about human rights fundamentals.
Educating and elaborating on international law and jurisprudence, particularly in the context of emerging human rights concerns.
Promoting institutionalized and independent structures to facilitate an integrated and participatory approach with the community to report and implement international human rights guidelines.
Dismantle human rights violations
Strengthening the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations.
Ensuring participation and protecting civic space.
Ensuring equality and countering sectarian, religious, and racial discrimination.
Documenting and calling out those responsible for the continuous cycle of crimes including but not limited to: Enforced disappearances, assassinations, forced displacement, arbitrary detentions, wrongful convictions, and silencing free speech.
Judicial and non-judicial mechanisms must hold violators to account and provide remedies to victims.
Policy-makers, legislators, and courts should refer to and use the outcomes of the international and regional human rights mechanisms.
- Just: Agreeing with what is considered morally right or good for the organization and the community.
- Unity: Everyone is willing to cooperate with others and has a firm understanding of the contributions their efforts have on the success of the organization.
- Selflessness: Members must put aside their own personal agendas & work toward a common goal.
- Transparency: Clear and firm stance on the organization’s views, reports, and outcomes.
- Initiative: Independently assess issues and initiate solutions.
- Collaboration: Working collectively to accomplish more than what is possible alone.
- Equality: Fair treatment of people regardless of any protected characteristics, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, nationality, or age.