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Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Increasingly water resources are becoming a source of conflict in the region of Mesopotamia. Rivers have become strategic assets over which states and other actors wage conflict, and water is being used for political purposes. From the start, Save the...
Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses [1] The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses consists of three main sections: the preamble, the articles of the Convention and an annex to the arbitration clause. The preamble The...
The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

Ali Alkarkhi, Humat Dijla On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers (14th of March) and the World Water Day (22nd of March) the fifth anniversary of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign – launched five years ago – was celebrated. The Iraqi Social Forum...
The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

  At the headquarter of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, on Monday, April 3, 2017, the Forum secretariat held a strategic meeting with number of its coordinators from different Iraqi cities. As part of the expansion process of the Forum activities to increase its activism in all governorates of...
Women's Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Women’s Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Press Release  Each month, Iraq’s morgues receive dozens of cases of women murdered by the men closest to them: husbands, ex-husbands, fathers, brothers, partners, or fiancés. Most of these cases are filed away to be ignored on the pretext that the violence these men have enacted on these women were...
Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Ismaeel Dawood Introduction To change the position of Iraqi authorities on the issue of shared water resources from non-commitment to solid defense on the basis of international law is a process that still needs a very long time. However, positive developments are currently taken place. The article published in March...
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Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Unmagical Mountain   Maha Yahya – Carnegie Middle East Center On January 2, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shut down the offices of Yazda, a non-governmental organization in Dohuk that provides vital support to vulnerable Yezidis who fled Daesh in 2014. The closure of Yazda reignited concerns among the Yezidi community about their future under the...
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

  Middle East Reaserch Institute MERI This report views the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) as having played an intrinsic role in the provision of security in Iraq since the dramatic rise of the Islamic State (IS). However, through the lens of nationalism it analyses the negative role the PMF may play once IS...
Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

Running Qandil: The Controversial Kurdish Region, Inside The Kurdish Region

  Niqash – Saman Omer In Iraqi Kurdistan, there is a semi-independent region within the semi-independent region. The controversial Kurdistan Worker’s Party run an area on the border. But not everyone likes that. You don’t need to drive very far from the major Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah to exit the terrain controlled by the government...
IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

ACN Malta During Holy Week the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon  held a 140 kilometer Peace March  “open to Christians and Muslims”, to ask for the gift of peace and an end to all violence in the Middle East. The route started in Ankawa (suburb of Erbil) and ended in  Alqosh, a city abandoned by its...
Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Mustafa Saadoun – Almonitor The subject of whether US troops should remain in Iraq once Daesh is defeated in Mosul is raising questions and fueling controversy among Iraqis. On March 26, the Iraqi government officially announced it favors the idea of some US forces staying. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a Fox News interview that he supports retaining enough US troops to support Iraqi forces in a...
Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

The Peace and Freedom Organization (PFOK) is pleased to present its annual report for the year 2016. The report introduces the various activities and projects that were conducted in different regions of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over the past year. While 2016 was a difficult year across Iraq as violence and conflict...
The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights,...
Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Six Iraqi trade unions affiliated with the Unions Conference gathered in a meeting held on Thursday, March 16. The unions focused in their discussions on the Social Security Law and the Freedoms of Association Law, as well as the issue of Iraq’s accession to the International Labor Convention No. 87 of 1948. The unions stated...
Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Baraa Mohammed Because she is not only the society, but the mother, the sister and the friend, and in order to challenge all circumstances and do not stop by any excuse, and for spreading a message to demand for women rights and to prove her right to exist and stand with men in all fields...
The Celebration of International Women's Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

The Celebration of International Women’s Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

Several activities have been organized in March 2017 in Baghdad by the Iraqi Social Forum celebrating the International Women’s Day and aimed at supporting Iraqi women and strengthening their position in society. Worker Women’s Rights in The New Iraqi Labor Law In cooperation with the Solidarity Center the Iraqi Social Forum organized a workshop on...
The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

Halabja .. An Iraqi tragedy that calls on our common humanity BAGHDAD, March 2017 Civil society activists from various organizations in Baghdad — Sawtona, La-Onf of Baghdad, and the Iraqi Social Forum — gathered for a moment of silent remembrance of the massacre in Halabja 29 years ago on Thursday, 16 March 2017 at the...
Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Leaders of the militias at a press conference in Najaf late last year. Source: Militias Mustafa Habib / Niqash For some time now it has been clear that Iraq’s Shiite Muslim militias have political ambitions. The militias were formed by volunteers in 2014 in order to fight the extremist group known as Daesh, but have...