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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.
A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

On the morning of Sunday 31 January 2016, in front of the Kurdistan Region Parliament – Iraq, in its capital, Erbil, the leftist activist Ali Mahmoud, and 7 other well-known leftist activists, were subject to arbitrary arrest by security forces there. The activists had been demonstrating peacefully in protest against...
AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

A report by Amnesty International, Jan 20, 2016. Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes in Arab villages. Though KRG officials have tended to justify the displacement of Arab communities on grounds of...
Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

By ICSSI, Jan 31, 2016. Employees and workers of the General Company for Land Transport demonstrated on January 25 in front of their company headquarters in Baghdad, requesting that their rights be respected, and that company corruption be brought to an end (including the prompt dismissal of all those involved...
What will happen to Iraq’s Mandaeans?

What will happen to Iraq’s Mandaeans?

By Saad Salloum – Al monitor - Jan 19, 2016. BAGHDAD — Unlike other religious minorities in Iraq, Sabian Mandaeans meet their election quota by selecting members within their community for parliament and provincial councils. The community’s three bodies — the Spiritual Council, General Assembly and General Affairs Council — supervise...
The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

Press release by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, January 20th 2016. 1. Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq, now the most dangerous dam in the world  Risk of the imminent collapse of the Mosul Dam must be confronted immediately. The dam, which began operation in the 1980s,...
HRW on Iraq: Ethnic Fighting Endangers Civilians

HRW on Iraq: Ethnic Fighting Endangers Civilians

A report by Human Rights Watch released on January 13, 2016. Kurdish and Shia Turkmen armed groups have repeatedly harmed and endangered civilians in clashes in Iraq’s Tuz Khurmatu district, in Salah al-Din province, since October 2015. The armed groups have killed, wounded, and abducted civilians and destroyed scores, if...
IRAQ: What Lies Ahead in 2016?

IRAQ: What Lies Ahead in 2016?

By Muhamed Hassan, Jan 3, 2016. After more than a decade of mismanaging the economy, public sector workers in Iraq and their counterparts in the private sector are going through a period of deep anxiety and worry of the unknown in 2016. Employees of all disciplines are distraught that sooner...
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What’s Next for Anbar?

What’s Next for Anbar?

Omar Sattar – AlMonitor Baghdad — The city of Ramadi was liberated on Dec. 28, and Iraqi security troops accompanied by the Tribal Mobilization Forces, which are affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units, advanced toward the remaining cities of Anbar province that were overrun by the Daesh in May 2015. Despite this, fears remain that political and...
In the Regional Power Struggle, has Erbil Decided to Join the Sunni Bloc?

In the Regional Power Struggle, has Erbil Decided to Join the Sunni Bloc?

Frzand Sherko – fikraforum The security of the Kurdistan Region-Iraq (KRI) depends more on agreements between Erbil and Kurdistan’s neighbors than the KRI’s own security and intelligence capabilities. Whenever the regional powers surrounding the KRI have suspected that their interests are at risk, they have not hesitated to put the KRI’s security and stability in jeopardy to...
In Iraq the Tribes are going Nuts

In Iraq the Tribes are going Nuts

Muhamed Hassan Basra is breathing a sigh of relief for a little while following a lull in fighting among tribal organisations. Most of the tribal conflicts have been taking place on the outskirts of the city, and it involves using some medium to heavy weaponry. It is a major source of anxiety for local residents...
Turkey-Daesh: Is the Honeymoon Over?

Turkey-Daesh: Is the Honeymoon Over?

Muhamed Hassan How do we evaluate the relationship between Turkey and Daesh after the deadly Istanbul explosion that is ‘caused by Daesh suicide bomber’? To start with, the relationship between the two has never been in the open. Conspiracy theories are awash with rumours regrading the implicit detente between Turkey and Daesh. Until recently, Turkey...
Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

Neglect May Do What Daesh Didn’t: Breach Iraqi Dam

The New York Times – MICHAEL R. GORDON More than 16 months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces reclaimed Mosul Dam from Daesh fighters, the structure faces a new threat: the danger that it may collapse because of insufficient maintenance, overwhelming major communities downstream with floodwaters. In the worst-case scenario, according to State Department officials, an estimated...
Iraqi Kurdistan: Lack of Democracy Overshadows Dream of Independence

Iraqi Kurdistan: Lack of Democracy Overshadows Dream of Independence

Muhamed Hassan Iraqi Kurds are hungry for independence. If things had not turned sour after Daesh seized Mosul in summer 2014, the kurds would have probably got not far from declaring a referendum for independence. They believe that Kurdistan should not have been part of Iraq since the declaration of Iraq’s state in the Sykes-Picot...
Who Stole the Mysterious Baghdad Battery?

Who Stole the Mysterious Baghdad Battery?

Mohamed altaher – arabic.rt With the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraq has lost many of its rare archaeological treasures, including the astonishing “Baghdad Battery” which — to this day — remains a phenomenon for which scientists have found no satisfactory explanation. This precious historical and scientific artifact, meticulously crafted in materials with distinct chemical...
Masarat: Report on Iraqi Minority’s Rights Violations

Masarat: Report on Iraqi Minority’s Rights Violations

Masarat has launched the English copy of its firs report about rights violations of Iraqi minorities, which consists of 144 pages. Regularly, a report will be issued each three months to uncover Iraqi minorities sufferings after Nineveh province and other parts of Iraq fell to ISIS. The report focuses on five minorities: Turkmen, Yazidis, Christians,...
The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company: The state of the Southern Oil Company and, more broadly, the entire Oil Sector within Iraq is Deteriorating

The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company: The state of the Southern Oil Company and, more broadly, the entire Oil Sector within Iraq is Deteriorating

Basra Wednesday, 23 December 2015 The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company held a large demonstration on the morning of 17 December in front of the Office of Financial Supervision in the Al-Ashar area of Basra, protesting the pay stop for workers’ and associates’ earnings, as well as the failure of the financial arm...
Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Source: Amnesty International, December 2015. Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well as lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and...
Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Kawa Sheikh-Abdulla Niqash – Sulaimaniya Three diplomatic missions left Iraqi Kurdistan over the last fortnight. But they only served to demonstrate the political infighting in the northern region to the rest of the world. In early December three different delegations left the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan for international destinations. The diplomatic missions had a...
Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

OXFAM Executive Summary – December 2015 Nearly ten months since the earliest reports of returnees in parts of the country, a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions remains. Whilst more than 415,000 individuals have returned to their place of origin since conflict has subsided, approximately 3.2 million Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq, with more expected to face...