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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.
Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Tuesday 15 July 2014   The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is concerned that parties involved in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria might resort to using water and its infrastructure as a weapon of war. Over the past weeks,...
Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Amnesty International – after spreading evidence of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba, confirmed and expanded by a report of Human Rights Watch on mass murder of Sunni prisoners – published a new alarming report on...
A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

The National Committee of the Iraqi Social Forum Baghdad 09/07/2014 Our country, Iraq, is suffering under the weight of a merciless attack which threatens our territorial integrity, seeds discord between the various sects of the Iraqi people, which cares not a bit for the safety of the people, and which...
Iraq's Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Iraq’s Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Mohammed A. Salih – Almonitor ALQOSH, Iraq — When militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State — stormed Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on June 10, Um Hanna and her extended seven-member family hastily rushed toward the safer town of Alqosh, 50 kilometers (31...
ISIS, oil and war!

ISIS, oil and war!

DW – Iraq ISIS militants are selling oil from their conquered territories, further fueling tensions in the region. This has caused uncertainty on the world market, but could also lead to a drop in global oil prices. First al-Omar and now al-Tanak: The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and...
Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Emergency Decree Also Puts Pressure on Critical Reporting JULY 3, 2014 – Human Rights Watch (Baghdad) – Iraq’s new media guidelines are so vague as to be wide open to abuse. The guidelines unjustifiably restrict freedom of the press, including by requiring pro-governmental coverage. The government-run Communications and Media Commission (CMC)...
Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference - Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their biannual event, in...
USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

Statement adopted by “US Labor Against the War” Steering Committee, June 25, 2014 A majority of working people opposed the Iraq War and participated in the eight year struggle to end it. We felt great relief when the last troops departed Iraq in 2011. U.S. Labor Against the War opposes...
DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh - 22 June 2014

DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh – 22 June 2014

Appeal by Un ponte per… Update of June 29 – Some 70% of Christian IDPs from Qaraqosh and Karemlesh (Ninewa Region, Hamdaniya – Mosul), who recently fled to Ankawa due to fights between ISIS/ISIL forces and KRG military forces, have gone back to their homes after an appeal by the...
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Selective Treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan!

Selective Treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan!

ERBIL, 16 July 2014 (IRIN)  Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines. In the days after militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), seized...
Iraqi Pm’s Talk of Majority Govt Will Come to Nothing – And It’s His Own Fault!

Iraqi Pm’s Talk of Majority Govt Will Come to Nothing – And It’s His Own Fault!

Niqash | Baghdad  The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has been talking about the need for a majority government because consensus politics makes getting things done impossible. But thanks to his past behaviour – where he has sidelined Parliament, effectively making any opposition powerless – he may have fallen into a trap of his own...
One in Four Women in Central and Southern Iraq is Affected by Female Genital Mutilation, New Study Suggests!

One in Four Women in Central and Southern Iraq is Affected by Female Genital Mutilation, New Study Suggests!

Source: wadi-online A first independent study on female genital mutilation in central/southern Iraq finds that 25% of the women in these regions were subjected to this practice. The study was conducted in early 2014 in cooperation between physicians, women’s rights and civil society organizations. The researchers’ identities remain undisclosed due to securitiy concerns. 500 women in...
The Iraqi Civil Initiative is Launched by 90 Civil Society Organizations!

The Iraqi Civil Initiative is Launched by 90 Civil Society Organizations!

 11 July, 2014 In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against our country, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organizations have signed this declaration to launch the Civil Initiative under the slogan: “Achieving Civil and Societal Peace...
The Unity of Water!

The Unity of Water!

MOSCOW – Project Syndicate In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on August 17, the convention will enter into force. The fact that it took almost 50 years to draft and finally achieve the...
U.S. Court Reinstate a Lawsuit Accusing Company Contracting with the Pentagon to Torture in Iraq!

U.S. Court Reinstate a Lawsuit Accusing Company Contracting with the Pentagon to Torture in Iraq!

BAGHDAD / YNews After a decade on Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, a U.S. appeals court reinstated a lawsuit accusing the employees of a contractor company with the defense affairs of torturing detainees at the prison. The company “CACI” based in Arlington (Virginia) is accused of abusing and torturing Iraqi detainees at the prison...

Register for the ICSSI Conference 2014 in Oslo

Following the invitation for the ICSSI Conference 2014 in Norway (Oslo, 2-4 November 2014), please fill up the following registration form. Early registration is highly recommended if you need a visa to enter Norway.
Amnesty: Extrajudicial Executions of Detainees by Government Forces and Shi’a Militias

Amnesty: Extrajudicial Executions of Detainees by Government Forces and Shi’a Militias

27 June 2014 - Amnesty Amnesty International has gathered evidence pointing to a pattern of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba. Surviving detainees and relatives of those killed gave graphic accounts that suggest Iraqi forces had carried out a series of vengeful...
Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

By Daoud al-Ali, Niqash, Baghdad – June 25, 2014 The way that the Iraqi media have covered the current crisis has left a lot to be desired. Instead of information they have spread rumours and encouraged sectarian divisions. If the country ends up with another civil war, the local media must bear some of the...
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit

HRW (Baghdad) – Analysis of photographs and satellite imagery strongly indicates that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit after seizing control of the city on June 11, 2014. The analysis suggests that ISIS killed between 160 and 190 men in at least two locations between June 11 and...
Minorities Need Protection in Ninawa Governorate: the Shabak are among the most vulnerable

Minorities Need Protection in Ninawa Governorate: the Shabak are among the most vulnerable

Statement by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), June 27, 2014 A call for the protection of minorities, and in particular, civilians from the Shabak minority in Mosul: all parties should consider Shabak neutral in terms of sectarian conflicts, and they should be given permission to enter protected areas and towns. ICSSI calls the...
Iraq’s Minorities Left between Scorpions and a Hard Place

Iraq’s Minorities Left between Scorpions and a Hard Place

Letta Tayler Published in: CNN Sunday wasn’t a good day in northern Iraq’s al-Hamdaniyah district. The previous night, Sunni extremist militants had snatched 26 Shia Turkmen from their homes. For the second week, residents had no running water and almost no electricity. The local hospital was almost out of medicine, and the doctor running the...