Civil Peace Service in Northern Iraq: Dealing with the Past and Securing Peace

Dealing with the past and peacebuilding in Northern Iraq

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  • Commissioning Party

    Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Overall term

    2017 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Security, reconstruction and peace


Massive violence has led to trauma and mistrust among all population groups in Iraq: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) has murdered thousands of members of religious minorities and enslaved Yazidi women. In addition, more than three million people had to flee.

Even after the defeat of IS, many displaced people are still unable to return home for security reasons. Survivors and families of missing persons are also waiting for compensation for the crimes committed against them by IS.


The situation of survivors and victims of crimes committed by IS in Northern Iraq and peaceful coexistence in Iraq have improved.

People walking on a road where there is a Yazidi shrine


The Civil Peace Service (CPS) advises governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations on addressing injustice, offering mental and psychosocial support and securing peace. CPS specialists also support minorities affected by IS crimes by holding training sessions, providing technical advice and networking with national and international stakeholders.

The Commission for Investigations and Gathering Evidence collects information to bring those responsible for the crimes to justice. A network of Iraqi non-governmental organisations also advocates for accountability and the right to compensation.

Furthermore, the Iraqi University of Duhok trains master's students in psychotherapy and traumatology to treat victims of violence.

CPS also trains tour guides, which promotes the participation of women and young people in tourism. At the same time, the Civil Peace Service performs gender-sensitive analyses that ensure gender equity in existing and new collaborations.

Last update: June 2023

Two women speak to a circle of participants at a training session

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