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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.
Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

After three years of forced isolation from its motherland imposed by Daesh, Mosul re-emerged this June to celebrate its first Eid since liberation. Many citizens from all governorates of Iraq participated in the celebration which was part of a youth initiative called ‘Eid in Mosul’. The ‘convoy of freedom’, as...
Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Al Abadi’s declaration on 9 July 2017 that Mosul had been liberated from Daesh sent waves of joy and relief throughout much of Iraq. Celebrations occurred across the country to mark the release of Mosul from the brutal and violent grip of Daesh. Since 2014, when Al Baghdadi declared a...
Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

On 7 and 8 July 2017, women activists from across Iraq gathered to participate in two focus groups organized by the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum. These meetings provided participants the opportunity to meet and discuss factors affecting the protection and safety of women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Support for WHRDs...
After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

This week, a group of protesters demonstrated near the Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah. Their issue: Iranian dams that have stemmed the water flows to the Kurdistan Region. The particular reason is the construction of the hydro-electric Sardasht Dam in Iran. Starting from June 23 2017 this Dam had lead to...
Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Report by PAX and Impunity Watch This Alert addresses worrying trends observed in current stabilisation and transitional justice efforts in Iraq. As the military campaign against ISIS in Iraq reaches a critical stage, strategies to achieve justice for victims of grave human rights abuses tend to remain selective, ill adapted...
Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

+++ DEM-NED (Council of Communities from Kurdistan in Netherlands) +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkish-Kurdistan +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq +++ Mountain Watch, Iran +++ BankTrack, NL ++++ CounterCurrent, Germany +++ The...
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Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Maaz Farhan, NIQASH 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...
Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Source: ABC American arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $US3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artefacts smuggled from the Middle East that the Government alleges were intentionally mislabelled, US federal prosecutors have said. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York in which the Oklahoma City-based corporation consented...
The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

Mustafa Habib / Niqash One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap. The Sadrist movement has had a busy few months. The Iraqi political...
The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash, Niqash A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Daesh group. Since April this year a strange group of men have been touring the streets of the central Iraqi city of Fallujah. They are an art...
Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Source: Reuters Reporting by: Stephen Kalin; Editing by Paul Tait Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report...
The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

Michael Knights – Washington Institute At the symbolic level, Iran and its proxies are achieving great success in planting their flags along this contested frontier, but real control will entail the much tougher task of establishing permanent bases and logistical arrangements. The Iraq-Syria border has emerged in recent months as the hottest piece of real estate...
Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Omar al-Jaffal – Al Monitor Graffiti artists paint a wall as part of the “The Walls are not for the Clash of Clans” campaign in this image posted on Oct. 2, 2016. (photo by Facebook/The House of Iraqi Poetry) A cultural organization formed by Iraqi poets is reaching young Iraqis in university campuses, cafes and the streets. The director of the House of...
The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign For years experts have warned of the destructive impact of Iran’s policies of river flow alterations on the southeastern provinces of Iraq. In 2012 the UK-based International Centre of Development Studies in a report argued the environmental effects will be huge, and even Iranian officials...
EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on 'A Future for Christians in Iraq'

EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on ‘A Future for Christians in Iraq’

change.org   Three years have passed since our Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people were forcibly driven out of their ancestral lands in the Nineveh Plains, when they were directly targeted and subjected to genocide by ISIS. Three years have passed and our people’s situation continious to deteriorate because of the central government of Iraq and the human rights organisations...
Tahlaya, The Iraqi Social Forum Celebrates Ramadan

Tahlaya, The Iraqi Social Forum Celebrates Ramadan

On the occasion of Ramadan, the Iraqi Social Forum held a celebration at the Burj Babel Organization in Baghdad.The evening included a number of artistic and ceremonial activities. Salman Khairallah, member of the National Committee of the ISF and one of the organizers of the event, said: “For the second year in a row, we...
When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

Paper prepared prior to the 2017 meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, 2-12 July 2017. The International NGO Forum on World Heritage takes place in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting and will present cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their safeguarding and management,...
Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

In conjunction with the World Day to Combat Child Labor, the Solidarity Center held a conference entitled, “No to Child Labor in Times of Conflict and War” at the Al-Mansour Melia Hotel on Monday 12 June 2017 in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Iraqi Social Forum. Representatives from a...