BASMEH & ZEITOONEH
Basmeh and Zeitooneh is a relief and development organization with community centers providing a multitude of programs throughout Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan). These programs target the most vulnerable and marginalized Syrian refugees and individuals adversely affected by the Syrian Crisis, and adopt a holistic approach whereby the needs of the whole family or community are considered and addressed. B&Z amplifies its voice through several national and regional networks, among which the Working Group for People Affected by the Syrian Displacement Crisis (PASC network), and is in regular contact with UNHCR on protection and return issues. In the frame of this project, B&Z is coordinating and working with partners to carry out the field research in Syria, strongly engaged in the research component in Lebanon, and plays a key role in the lobby and advocacy.
ALEF is a Lebanese human rights organisation in Beirut, is part of this coalition to support with and lead on policy lobbying and advocacy in Lebanon. ALEF has a long experience of doing human rights advocacy in Lebanon and beyond. A recent publication by ALEF, on forced deportations calls on the government of Lebanon to respect the rule of law; refrain from deporting individuals and violating the principle of non-refoulement. ALEF facilitates the PASC network (People Affected by the Syrian Crisis) – supported by RDPP (regional development and protection programme) – and has a broad network of political and civil society actors in Lebanon.
PAX is a peace organisation in the Netherlands and has experience working in Lebanon and Syria since 2003. PAX has worked on different issues pertaining to human rights and human security, and has a track record of doing lobby and advocacy in the region and the Netherlands/Europe. Our access to actors in Brussels is guaranteed through a liaison officer based in Brussels. Over the past years, several research projects have been setup, most noticeably the Siege Watch, monitoring the situation in the besieged areas inside Syria in 2017 and 2018. This project was done in collaboration with the Syria institute. PAX has local staff based in Beirut. PAX will lead advocacy efforts in Europe (in coordination with 11.11.11) and is coordinating this project.
11.11.11 is a coalition of NGOs, unions, movements and various solidarity groups in Flanders (Dutch speaking Northern part of Belgium). It combines the efforts of about 60 organisations and more than 20,000 volunteers, who work together to achieve one common goal: a fair world without poverty. 11.11.11 supports development initiatives of local CSO partners in the Middle East, Great Lakes, Southeast Asia and Andes, by lobbying national and international governments and organisations, and by campaigning in Belgium for a world that upholds international solidarity. The organisation is based in Belgium and has ample experience in doing evidence-based advocacy in Europe. In addition to its role within RPW, in recent years, 11.11.11 has published reports about the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon, the situation in Northeast Syria, the EU’s role in the future reconstruction of Syria, and the role of Syrian civil society. 11.11.11 and PAX are coordinating and leading advocacy efforts in Europe, while 11.11.11 also plays a central role in providing background research and analysis of international return policies.
Women Now For Development
Women Now For Development works to initiate programmes led by Syrian women that protect Syrian women and girls across socio-economic backgrounds, and empower women to find their political voice and participate in building a new, peaceful Syria that respects and safeguards equal rights for all its citizens. It was conceived in Syrian hearts and minds, nourished by volunteers.
Access Center for Human Rights (ACHR) is a non-profit and non-governmental human rights organization founded in Lebanon in 2017, and was re-established in France in 2020, and consists of a group of human rights defenders with experience in law and local and international advocacy. ACHR launched its activities in Lebanon, due to its belief in supporting refugee rights, at a time of a rise in serious violations against them. ACHR is specialized in monitoring and documenting the refugees’ human rights situation and publishes periodic publications with the aim of raising awareness and contributing to national and international advocacy efforts to ensure the refugees’ rights in the countries of asylum until their voluntary, dignified, and safe return to their country of origin.
Upinion is a social enterprise that creates two-way communication with communities. By gathering instant insights and sharing information, Upinion promotes inclusiveness and effectiveness of humanitarian support. Upinion supports NGOs’ efforts to connect directly with communities they work with using messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, PWA, and Upinion app. Upinion will be monitoring the protection space inside Lebanon and Turkey in the frame of this project, as well as create a safe peer-to-peer information sharing network for Syrian refugees and returnees.
The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH) is a local non-profit, non-partisan Lebanese human rights organization based in Beirut. CLDH was created in 2006 by the Franco-Lebanese Movement SOLIDA (Support for Lebanese Detained Arbitrarily), which had been active since 1996 in the struggle against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture, and the impunity of those perpetrating gross human rights violations.
CLDH’s complementary components include advocacy, public mobilization, rehabilitation for victims of torture and families of enforced disappearances, and the provision of pro-bono legal services for vulnerable groups.