The National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) was founded in 2005 by peacebuilding and human rights activists in Kirkuk.
Thanks to wide connections with many international organisations, NIHR has acquired strong skills in human rights education and conflict management. NIHR has specialised in building the capacity of the population for better understanding human rights frameworks and acquiring skills to manage conflict.
NIHR is targeting women and young people, enhancing their skills in human rights education, conflict management and peacebuilding and providing spaces to encourage dialogue among diverse sectors of the population. These activities are particularly important in the governorate of Kirkuk due to the historic multi-ethnic nature of the area.
Recently, NIHR has been diversifying its range of activities, offering social activities and professional training as an opportunity to gather participants from diverse backgrounds in order to establish relationships between them.