Justice for Life organization established the “Deir Ezzor House for Human Rights and Democracy” as a cumulative result of years of work with the National Endowment for Democracy NED . The “House” aims to create an in-depth understanding of the concepts of human rights and local reservations towards those concepts and terms. The “House” seeks to strengthen the human rights culture with interventions commensurate with the local culture to develop local human rights knowledge. The “House” seeks to provide a safe space that enhances opportunities for dialogue and participation, and contributes to improving social cohesion and local stability, encouraging the involvement of women, youth, and people with disability in civic activities and discussing public issues, including needs, demands, interests, and stances of each group.
Among the activities of ” Deir Ezzor House for Human Rights and Democracy”, in 2021 and 2022, ten FGD sessions were held to discuss many topics came within the local interest and related to the daily life of the residents in Deir Ezzor governorate, as monitored by JFL. The sessions discussed: the work of civil society organizations, the work of the judicial sector, violence against women, the impact of compulsory conscription on education, and the participation of victims in the local and international justice processes. A total of 83 people participated in the sessions, including 51 women.
Discussions on each topic focused on describing the current situation and development ways by directing recommendations to local and international actors and stakeholders.