Synergy/Hevdestî Association for Victims in North and East Syria is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which aims to educate and provide a platform for victims to represent themselves and claim their rights. The need for the organization emerged following the Turkish military invasion of areas of Ras al-Ain/Serê kaniyê and Tal Abyad in North and Northeastern Syria in October 2019. Synergy was founded on March 11, 2021 to seek justice for the victims of conflict in North and East Syria, and to contribute to the process of accountability and justice.
The association chose the name “Synergy” (in Arabic Ta’azur and Kurdish Hevdestî) to reinforce the need for coexistence among the residents of North and East Syria, including the Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Syriacs, Chechens, Circassians, and Turkmens. The association’s logo bears the name in four different languages: Kurdish, Arabic, Syriac and English, and its colors reflect the diversity of North and East Syria.
Justice for North and East Syria, and safety for its residents.
Document human rights violations perpetrated against all Syrians in North and East Syria regardless their gender, religion, or ethnicity, and contribute to achieving justice and building a society founded on equal rights.
- Accuracy and Integrity: We are committed to the highest degrees of accuracy and integrity, including seeking multiple perspectives to develop an in-depth and analytical understanding of events. We are aware of our responsibility towards the victims and witnesses who share their experiences with us.
- Creativity and Sustained Impact: We only succeed when our work leads to positive and sustainable change. We are not negligent. We are always looking for new opportunities to advance our cause.
- Integration: We support diverse human rights movements and win-win partnerships. We also see that our association is a continuation of the efforts of similar local Syrian organizations which started during the years of conflict in other Syrian regions as a kind of contribution to building a comprehensive Syrian narrative.
- Diversity: We believe in the importance of diversity in Syria, especially in the North and Northeast regions of Syria, and reinforce the idea of “synergy” —of the need for coexistence among the gathering of Syrian citizens.