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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.
Activists Convince Parliament to Withdraw a Law on Freedom of Expression, But Iraqis’ Rights are Still Threatened!

Activists Convince Parliament to Withdraw a Law on Freedom of Expression, But Iraqis’ Rights are Still Threatened!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, 23 May 2017 Iraqi civil society activists successfully pressured the Iraqi parliament to withdraw its draft law on freedom of expression that violated the principles of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution and by international human rights conventions ratified by Iraq. In a...
Civil society demands accountability for the kidnapping and torture of 7 students in Baghdad! International solidarity needed now!

Civil society demands accountability for the kidnapping and torture of 7 students in Baghdad! International solidarity needed now!

Very early in the morning of May 8th, an armed group wearing civilian clothes and driving an SUV with tinted windows abducted seven university student activists from their apartment in Al-Bataween, an area of central Baghdad. The students were taken to an unknown destination. Iraqi civil society organizations responded with...
The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

Carnegie Middle East Center – Renad Mansour, Faleh A. Jabar In the fight against Daesh, Iraq’s fledgling security apparatus has fragmented into groups under, parallel to, and apart from the state. The largest organization outside direct government control is the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)—over 60,000 fighters who stepped in to secure...
No to Continued Violation of Trade Union Rights and Freedoms in Iraq

No to Continued Violation of Trade Union Rights and Freedoms in Iraq

Iraqi trade unions and federations, and members of the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions [CIFWU] issued a statement denouncing the Iraqi government’s continuing violation of the rights and freedoms of workers and trade unions. Highlights of the statement include:  Trade unions and federations rejected the Draft Law of...
Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

  GULF Center for Human Rights (Cairo, Beirut – 16 May 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have selected prominent human rights defender Hanaa Edwar from Iraq as the Defender of Human Rights...
Anti-Domestic Violence Law,  Shahrazad Seminar in Baghdad

Anti-Domestic Violence Law, Shahrazad Seminar in Baghdad

  In the forefront of the activities of Shahrazad project in its second season, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum (IWJF) organize in cooperation with the Arab Union for Specialized Women a seminar to discuss “the draft law on the reduction of domestic violence” on May 7th in Baghdad. Rajaa Abd...
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Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

By Ercan Ayboga, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Yesterday local sources reported that the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf, which has been encased in a concrete foundation, has now been lifted from its original foundation. According to local reports, the tomb will be moved today (Friday), the DSI (the State Hydraulic Works), which is responsible...
Sport as a means to renounce violence in Baghdad

Sport as a means to renounce violence in Baghdad

On the 25, 26 and 29th of April, The Iraqi Social Forum and Sports Against Violence Iraq, in cooperation with the Y-peer Network, organized a workshop entitled “Using sports as tools of Non-violence”, in which a number of youth and volunteers of both genders participated and contributed to the training. The three days training focused on...
Iraqi activists demand to hold accountable those who abducted seven students because of their civil activism... International solidarity is needed

Iraqi activists demand to hold accountable those who abducted seven students because of their civil activism… International solidarity is needed

Update: The Seven students have been released a day after they have been abducted, however, no concrete steps have been taken to hold accountable the group that kidnapped them. The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – 9 May 2017 Civil society activists in Iraq are preparing to demonstrate in the central and southern Iraqi cities of...
How can Iraq address child abuse, torture?

How can Iraq address child abuse, torture?

Almonitor – Sara Alqaher Child abuse has become an increasingly widespread phenomenon in Iraq, with social networking sites playing a major role in detecting any of the abuse and torture cases. On April 10, the Human Rights Commission and the parliamentary Committee for Women, Family and Childhood condemned the rise of child abuse, describing it as brutal....
New Aspirations on the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health in Iraq

New Aspirations on the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health in Iraq

On the occasion of the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health on 28 April (adopted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2003), Solidarity Center and the Iraqi Social Forum held a workshop on occupational safety and health. It took place for 2 days (26-27 April) and was attended by members of trade unions...
Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Yerevan Saeed – Washington Institute Last month, the governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, raised the Kurdistan flag in the province, causing uproar inside Iraq and across the region. The Iraqi parliament denounced the unilateral decision, dismissing it as unconstitutional. The Kirkuk province itself was quick to condemn the action as well and asked for its...
"Our Marshes", First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

“Our Marshes”, First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijlah Association The unknown fate that prevailed the image of the Iraqi marshlands future after its inclusion in the list of world heritage, have made those who are interested in the case of marshlands worried. Therefore, a number of civil society organizations, activists and academics concerned about the marshes...
How Iraq is Planning to Secure Key Border Road?

How Iraq is Planning to Secure Key Border Road?

Almonitor – Mustafa Saddoun Iraq is trying to revive the Trebil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, which was closed in 2014 after Daesh took control of Anbar province. But the highway from Baghdad toward the crossing is not safe and has been the stage of terrorist attacks for a while, most recently Daesh attack on...
What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

Synaps – Loulouwa al-Rachid & Peter Harling The gap could not be greater between the war on the Daesh as it is narrated, on one side, and how it is experienced by ordinary people trapped in the crossfire, on the other. In Iraq, the story pushed by the various anti-Daesh protagonists is a consensual and simple one: as...
Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Petition to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, by the People’s Campaign to Suppor the Kind Zagros in Iran, to protect the Iranian side of the Mespotamian Marshlands, known as Hoor al-Azim in Iran (fed by teh Karkeh River) **** Dear Mr. Secretary-General With great respect, we would like to inform you that,...
Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Increasingly water resources are becoming a source of conflict in the region of Mesopotamia. Rivers have become strategic assets over which states and other actors wage war: water is being used for political purposes. From its inception, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign has...
Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses [1] The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses consists of three main sections: the preamble, the articles of the Convention and an annex to the arbitration clause. The preamble The preamble paragraphs provide an important...