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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.
Covering Corruption Exposes Journalists to Arrest in Iraq

Covering Corruption Exposes Journalists to Arrest in Iraq

Reporters Without Borders for Freedom of Information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests to which two investigative reporters have been subjected in different parts of Iraq in the past few days in connection with their coverage of corruption, and calls for an end to the harassment of these journalists....
Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Development Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Development Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative launched in preparation for the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, 24 June—4 July 2018 Press Release – Baghdad, Amman, Rome – 6 June 2018 Urim, the name of the ancient city of Ur, is a new civil society undertaking by Iraqi and Italian archaeologists,...
As Summer Approaches and Ilisu Dam Goes Into Operation, Iraq's Water Crisis Intensifies

As Summer Approaches and Ilisu Dam Goes Into Operation, Iraq’s Water Crisis Intensifies

“Significant quantities of water will continue to flow to Iraq,” the ambassador of Turkey to Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, tried to reassured Iraqis on Tuesday. Over the course of last week, the Tigris River saw an alarming reduction in water levels across the country, and this was blamed on Turkish dam...
Campaign Brainstorming with the Youth Volunteers of the Mashufna Center

Campaign Brainstorming with the Youth Volunteers of the Mashufna Center

To support the presence of the Mashufna Cultural Center in the civil society of Nasiriya, the Center held a training for its young volunteers. The goal was to develop its activists’ skills in campaigning planning and analysis, target identification and methods of evaluating campaign results. Trainer Salman Khairallah (Iraqi Social...
The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

World Press Freedom Day – 3rd May , 2018 The Media Working Group of the Kurdistan Social Forum conducted a semi-Conference in Sulaymaniyah City on this day with the participation of 25 people: CSOs, journalists, independent human rights activists, one MP, stakeholder representatives and university teachers. A panel analyzed data...
Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

  By the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative – 19 May 2018 As a part of the project “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia and Middle East”, local forums made up of civil society groups, volunteers and activists have emerged in several Iraqi cities overlooking the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers....
New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign   A new report has been published by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign on the impact of Tigris River pollution in Baghdad, which is reaching a peak levels today. The water quality of the Tigris River, lifeline of the city, has...
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Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir Has Not Yet Started – Drought in Iraq Has Other Reasons

Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir Has Not Yet Started – Drought in Iraq Has Other Reasons

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Hasankeyf Matters Press statement Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir has not yet started – Drought in Iraq has other reasons 11.06.2018 On June 1, 2018 news began to circulate that the impoundment of the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the...
The Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum Organizes a Training on Campaign Management

The Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum Organizes a Training on Campaign Management

From 29-30 April 2018, 13 young men and women from various organizations and volunteer groups attended a specialized training on campaign management organized by the Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum. The training was one of a series of trainings that form part of a larger initiative by the Iraqi Social Forum in which various cities...
Fostering Citizenship Through Media: Journalists As Peacebuilders

Fostering Citizenship Through Media: Journalists As Peacebuilders

Media is essential in order to foster a sense of citizenship in Iraq. The working group on IDPs and Minorities, which is part of the Iraqi Social Forum and lead by Masarat Foundation for Cultural and Information Development, delivered two series of workshops for journalists on how to report on issues related to minorities and...
A Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

A Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity initiative (ICSSI) Al Amara, Maysan On 1 May 2018, as a part of “Our Heritage Campaign” activities, the Maysan Social Forum held a special training about the risks that face the natural and cultural heritage in Maysan province. Salman Khairallah and Ahmad Salih Ni’ma,...
Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Washington Institute – Michael Knights The emerging vote tallies are just the beginning of government formation in Iraq, and they indicate a need to focus on U.S. principles, not specific outcomes. Despite an evidently strong showing by Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon alliance in Iraq’s May 12 vote, “hot takes” are particularly useless for Iraqi elections, because the...
The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) As part of the effort to develop capacities in youth from cities participating in the “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia” project, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for the peace forums in Falluja and Ramadi on 5 May 2018. 5 young...
Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Amnesty International April 2018 Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group “Daesh”, are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report. The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in...
Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

By the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – May 18, 2019. Forming a government, following the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq, will take time, but there is now hope for significant change and reform. The strong showing of the Saeroun Lil-Islah (“Marching for Reform”) alliance, which won 55 seats in the parliament, was a clear...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh. The dancing was part of...
Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq’s parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. by Arwa Ibrahim – Al Jazeera News, 8 May 2018 Iraqis will head to the polls on May 12 to elect a new national parliament, which will serve as the basis for the formation of a new government....
Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) From 27-28 April 2018, in western Iraq, the city of Hit held a training called “Building and Implementing Campaigns” for 10 young activists. The successful training was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum for youth active in Hit’s Peace Forum. The Peace Forum...
From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh   

From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh  

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In order for peace to prevail in cities recently liberated from Daesh, displaced families have to be able to return to their homes and former lives. To make this return possible, voluntary teams from the Tikrit Social Forum (including the Tikrit Youth...