المبادرة الدولية للتضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي

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.
Final Declaration  of the  Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference  Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Final Declaration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

For three days, a group of Iraqi and international civil society activists met in the Norwegian city of Oslo to discuss the current crisis in Iraq. They came together to build international solidarity with civil society in Iraq in order to promote the far-reaching political and social reforms that are...
Civil Society, Civil Forces and the Crisis of Democracy in Iraq

Civil Society, Civil Forces and the Crisis of Democracy in Iraq

Ismael Dawood The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Paper prepared for ICSSI conference in Oslo – Norway – 2014   The political situation in Iraq has suffered from a kind of paralysis as it waits to see what will happen on the ground: after Mosul and most of the cities...
Labor legislation in Iraq: between reality and the future

Labor legislation in Iraq: between reality and the future

Wesam Chaseb Ouda Iraq’s program Manager – Baghdad, International Solidarity Center This document prepared for the ICSSI conference, Oslo , Norway – November 2014 Introduction As we speak today, the labor legislation that was valid during the era of Saddam Hussein remains in effect. No fundamental changes have occurred, other than a...
Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Yasser Salem Executive Director of Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq Paper prepared for the ICSSI Conference in Oslo, October 2014   Introduction Between the laws still in affect that were passed during the previous era of dictatorship (which do not take into account the principles of democracy) and the...
Women Trade Unionists and Working Women in Iraq Today!

Women Trade Unionists and Working Women in Iraq Today!

Unionists: Ilham AbdulMaaboud Majeed President of the Communications Syndicate Member of the Executive Office of the General Federation of Trade Unions working in Iraq / Basra branch Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference in Oslo – Norway October 2014   The situation of Iraqi women in general   Iraqi women suffer...
Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Nadia Al Baghdadi, A paper prepared for the ICSSI conference “”promoting dialogue and reconciliation, working for peaceful coexistence, and opportunities for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society” 27-29 Oct.2014, Oslo. On the 14th of March 2012, a petition was released all over the world, directed to The World Heritage Committee...
The Iraqi Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

The Iraqi Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

Ali Sahib- Coordinator of the ISF A paper prepared for the NSF- held in Oslo- Norway Nov. 2014 Origins Given the difficulties which Iraq has gone through, and continues to endure today — caused by the accumulated burden of dictatorship and occupation, the repeated failures of government due to the...
Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Journalist Saadoon Mohsen Damed Madarik Foundation Testimony submitted for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November  2014   Introduction: Talking about freedom of expression, particularly about the challenges the media is facing in Iraq, after the so-called “Collapse of Mosul” on 10 June 2014, might seem a kind of luxury, as...
Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Husam Salim Ezidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November 2014 On 3 and 7 August 2014, respectively, the towns of Sinjar and Ba’shiqa (where the majority of the inhabitants are Yazidi) fell under the control of Daesh. As a result, tens...
Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

By: RENAD MANSOUR, MICHAEL DAVID CLARK Source: carnegieendowment Muqtada al-Sadr, once labeled “the most dangerous man in Iraq,” now offers a potential solution to Iraq’s troubles. The scion of an influential religious family who rose by inheriting his father’s movement and building a militia after the United States toppled former Iraqi...
Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Nibras Almamori / Director of Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Norway – Oslo – October 2014 Despite the relative progress which was made by woman working in the media sector after the fall of the former regime — as evidenced, for instance, in radio and...
Latest entries
MPs Declare Recent Government Decisions “Unfair" and Against the Interests of the Public Sector, as Companies within the Industrial Sector Assert that 250 000 Workers may Risk Pay Cuts!

MPs Declare Recent Government Decisions “Unfair” and Against the Interests of the Public Sector, as Companies within the Industrial Sector Assert that 250 000 Workers may Risk Pay Cuts!

Al-Mada Press/ Baghdad On Thursday, company representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Minerals demanded that the parliament put pressure on the government to pay their salaries, which have been stalled for three months and to bring these ‘at risk’ companies back to a system of central funding, that is, funding by the Iraqi government....
'Ghost' Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

‘Ghost’ Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

According to the recently revealed results of a governmental investigation, practically every fifth soldier of the Iraqi armed forces existed only on paper.  Sputnik – Alexander Mosesov  As the Iraqi Armed Forces have suffered crushing defeats to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in 2014, the jihadists have not only captured half of Iraq’s territory, but also revealed the poor...
For Yazidi Women, Escaping ISIS Doesn't Mean The Ordeal Is Over!

For Yazidi Women, Escaping ISIS Doesn’t Mean The Ordeal Is Over!

NPR – December 10, 2014 Barzan is a young Yazidi man, with sad blue eyes. His mother, five of his sisters and his niece are being held by the so-called Islamic State, taken when the extremist group swept through the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in August. They are seven of some 5,000 Yazidis still being...
Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Cengiz Çandar – Al-monitor Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq’s former vice president and current oil minister in Haider al-Abadi’s government, spotted me aboard a flight from Beirut to Istanbul. He was in a rush, on his way back to Baghdad after the Nov. 27 OPEC meeting in Vienna. I met up with him Dec. 1 around midnight at his hotel...
Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 05.12.2014 Ilisu Dam’s construction may be continued after a 4 month halt!  Stop Ilisu – stop destruction and instability! The Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI) has announced few days ago that after a four month break that the construction of the highly criticized Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric...
SPORT AGAINST VIOLENCE AND BAGHDAD MARATHON: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PLANS

SPORT AGAINST VIOLENCE AND BAGHDAD MARATHON: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PLANS

Elena Laurenti – Nadia Al-Baghdady – Taif Alwachi ASD Sport Against Violence – ICSSI Report of the SAV-BM working group – ICSSI Conference – Oslo (Norway) October/November 2014 Sport Against Violence, as an association, has been working, since 2007, in cooperation with the Iraqi civil society on sport and cultural projects. Our original idea was...
Protest Letter Concerning the Treatment of a Female Journalist in Suleymaniah!

Protest Letter Concerning the Treatment of a Female Journalist in Suleymaniah!

To: Mr Nikolai Miladinov, UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UNAMI Five major political parties of Kurdistan – PUK, KDP, Gorran, KIU, Komal   It is unacceptable that female NRT journalist Shaima Jaf was prevented from entering the meeting of the UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI Mr. Nikolai...
A Study on the Status of Trade Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq

A Study on the Status of Trade Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq

Freedom of Association Status, A Study by Solidarity Center on the Status of Trade  October 2014 Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq During the last decade, the Iraqi trade union movement has faced many turning points. It has been deprived of freedom of association in the public sector for over a quarter century according to...
Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Mushreq Abbas – al-monitor Who represents Iraq’s Sunnis? Iraqis have not answered this incredibly sensitive question. The danger of being unable to clearly answer this question is directly related to the war on the Islamic State (IS), as well as the efforts of the Iraqi government, US troops and the international community to support the fighters tasked...
Kurdistan's Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

Kurdistan’s Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

niqash | Alaa Latif | Sulaymaniyah When a woman leaves a shelter for battered women in Iraqi Kurdistan, her family often has to sign a pledge guaranteeing the woman’s safety. This is because of the prevalence of honour killings in the region. But apparently the pledges, signed before a judge, are not working. So women’s...
The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

 Activists and Journalists Participate in a Seminar Organized by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association: Baghdad – November 15, 2014 On Saturday Nov. 15, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association conducted a discussion seminar on the freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration draft law.  A number of activists, journalists and legal experts were present. The seminar, which...
Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

niqash | Mokrayan Kawa | Erbil Although it has quite possibly never been more important, the potential for conflict and misunderstanding between Iraq’s Arab population and its Kurdish one remains high. Part of the reason for this is the lack of Arabic-language media in Iraqi Kurdistan and the lack of desire on the part of...