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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

AlSumaria- Basrah General Company for Ports, which is based in the province of Basra announced, injuring the largest and most active Iraqi port, a port of Umm Qasr, commercial paralyzed by a sit-General Company for Industries petrochemical staff near the entrance and cutting them off the road leading to him...
Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 16.02.2015 Ilisu Dam construction site militarized With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its...
Will the "Shahrazad" Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

Will the “Shahrazad” Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative February 2015   Efforts to build the “Shahrazad Campaign” began in April 2014, but this civil campaign will fully develop this year. The mobilization for “Shahrazad” was launched in direct response to the so-called “Al-Jaafari Personal Status draft law” approved by the Iraqi Council...
The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

Yanar Mohammed President of the Organization of Women’s Freedom  Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway, October 2014 Currently, Iraqi women find themselves confronting challenges that are unprecedented in Iraq’s modern history. As the government and the opposition parties controlled by Islamist groups compete with each other in barbaric...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

Baghdad – Iraqi Woman Journalist’s Forum The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression participated, along with a group of media and legal NGOs, today, Sunday the 25th of January 2015, in a hearing conducted by the Cultural and Media, and the Human Rights Committees of the Iraqi Parliament. During the...
Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

January 16, 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the demands of the employees of South Oil Company (SOC) to hold SOC and the British Petroleum (BP) Oil Company responsible for the recurring collisions that occur on the road of North Rumailah in Al-Rumailah field in Basra. Recently...
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Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Sabreen Kadhum   There is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that women working in visual, audio or print media are exposed to malicious harassment which offenders claim provides them some protection from this harassment, but is in fact a form of opportunistic and soft extortion. Unfortunately, no one wants to talk about this widespread...
Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army's Attention

Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army’s Attention

Al-Monitor – Mushreq Abbas Contradiction prevails in official announcements regarding the course of the battles against the Islamic State (IS) and the group’s movements on the ground. When Iraqis were expecting a Mosul liberation battle, IS rushed to send additional fighters to Anbar, Salahuddin and Kirkuk in a bid to open new fronts, with the aim...
Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

ICSSI: Suzanne DeRouen Reporters Without Borders’ (RWB) 2015 World Press Freedom Index reports that, due to the presence of Daesh and the subsequent worsening security situation as well as the government’s chokehold on the press in remaining regions still under its control, Iraq ranked 153 out of 180 countries in 2014  (down three spots from...
Iraq ... A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Iraq … A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Oday Hatem Nearly 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was supposed to bring about a transition to democracy in Iraq, all the facts on the ground today indicate that the country is moving to become a theocratic state, totally dominated by the clergy. Iraq is becoming a unique case that resembles...
Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Source: Gulf Center for Human Rights On 18 February 2015, a group of journalists was attacked by the bodyguards of Iraq’s National Security Advisor, Faleh Al-Fayad, who was attending a seminar at the Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. The attack started when one of the journalists tried to take a photo in front...
Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Foreign policy Fifteen years ago, the U.N. enshrined the idea that equality between men and women is inextricably linked with peace. It’s time to act on that. If there has been one common thread shared by the extremist movements that have captured the world’s attention in the last year, from northern Nigeria to northern Iraq,...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...
Three Yazidis Women Escape from Daesh, and Tell Their Stories to Rudaw

Three Yazidis Women Escape from Daesh, and Tell Their Stories to Rudaw

Ahmed Mahmood – Rudaw Mosul Three Yazidi sisters managed to escape from the grip “Daesh” in Mosul, and after a long journey on foot, they again encountered members of Daesh who tried to bring them back to the prisons where they had previously been captive. However, they managed to escape and reach safety where they...
Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

By: BEN VEN HEUVELEN / Iraq Oil Report Iraq is pursuing a series of emergency measures to finance its 2015 budget, following years of poor governance and unchecked spending that led to a financial crisis now made worse by low oil prices and high military spending demands. The government is planning to indirectly borrow from the country’s...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

Baghdad – Feb 10th, 2015 The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression is demanding that Sudanese authorities halt the prosecution of Madhiha Abdullah, the leftist journalist and editor-in-chief of the Sudan Communist Party Newspaper Al-Midan. Her trial does not conform to international standards of justice and human rights. It must stop. As members of the...
European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

Shafaq News  The European Union congratulated Iraq on Thursday on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council’s resolution on women safety and security. although he confirmed the expansion of violence against women in the past years, after the expansion of terrorist groups to extend their influence and control...
Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

by Quazi Baby  Quazi Baby is Executive Director of the Participatory Development Action Program, which she founded in 1996 to work on human rights, women’s and children’s rights, and the right to housing and land. At the South Asian Social Forum, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November of 2011, she organized two workshops with the...