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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.
Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

PRESS RELEASE: May 12, 2015 Iraq faces a growing water emergency. Frequent water shortages, due to chronic mismanagement, have intensified into a complex crisis. Daesh is using Iraq’s water supply to pressure local communities. It has taken control of the water infrastructure in several locations and is using war tactics,...
Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Prior to the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting, 9-11 May, Erbil, Iraq The current political and security crisis in Iraq has aggravated the water crisis in Iraq. The water situation is more complex than ever. That is why the Save the Tigris Campaign redefined its vision and goals at...
Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

By Martina Pignatti Morano (Un ponte per… and ICSSI ) – April 2015. The World Social Forum has always been an important occasion for international and Iraqi activists to exchange views and plan joint actions, but the Iraqi delegation has never been as strong as this year. More than 25...
Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

 Baghdad \ London \ Rome \ March 29th, 2015   A group of civil society organizations and intellectuals in Iraq, hand in hand with academics, intellectuals, and other concerned international actors, have united to protect and preserve Iraq’s cultural sites and artifacts, and to serve as stewards of the nation’s...
IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative mourns the loss of Ammar, Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In the same blast our friend Emad, journalist and member of the Iraqi Social Forum Committee on behalf of IWPR, was badly injured. Emad worked with us on the...
Tolerance, Reconciliation, Law

Tolerance, Reconciliation, Law

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Hadi Aziz Ali, Judge and legal researcher. Bertrand Russell says: “The moral thing I want to say is very simple: I’d like to say that love is wisdom and hatred is imbecility. In this world...
Intolerant Tendencies in Iraqi Society

Intolerant Tendencies in Iraqi Society

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Ghailan Al-Joboori. Introduction Sectarianism and sectarian intolerance is a problem in Iraq, and one that influences many important interactions within society. In this paper we present an international framework in which to address the issue...
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Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdad – Al monitor Cafe Ridha Alwan in central Baghdad’s Karrada district was packed with customers, mostly intellectuals, when an explosion rang out May 2 followed by gun shots. Sirens of the ambulance and firefighter trucks were heard wailing in the streets near the blast area. People rushed to leave the cafe for fear that another car would explode, as double-car...
'We Don't Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

‘We Don’t Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

Niqash Even though the extremist group Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq, displaced minority groups are not returning home. They fear ongoing prejudice and retaliation. “We really want to go back to our village but there are no guarantees that what happened before will not happen again,” says Ismael Rasho, a Yazidi man in...
Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Source: thedailybeast Despite warnings they didn’t work, Baghdad bought $85 million worth of gadgets that supposedly detect explosives. Today, two years after the British con man who sold them was jailed, Iraqi police are still waving them around. Last summer, in the days after the group now known as ISIS began its assault across Iraq, many...
Youth With #Shahrazad

Youth With #Shahrazad

Baghdad youth Camp implemented in March 2015 On the morning of Thursday, 6 March 2015, the Iraqi Social Forum opened a small youth camp called “youth with Shahrazad ”. It lasted for two days and was intended to bring young activists together to work for the protection of women’s rights in Baghdad. The 8 participants...
Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Vision Water security for all, and water and sanitation services that reach every home and supply every industry. Water and Sanitation Today and in 2020  We are fortunate to have water resources throughout our Region, including such rivers as the Tigris, the Great Zab, the Little Zab, the Khabur, the Sirwan, and the Awa Sipi, along with...
IRAQ - Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

IRAQ – Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS Reporters Without Borders is deeply worried by journalist Raed Al-Joubouri’s murder at his Baghdad home last week just days after another journalist, Thaer Alali, was publicly killed after being abducted by Islamic State. The generalized violence and impunity is making the situation of journalists very difficult in Iraq. Raed Al-Joubouri was found...
A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

Assist. Prof. Vakur Sümer, ORSAM Advisor, Selçuk University Several weeks after the resignation of previous Iraqi administration in August, Turkish President Erdoğan and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum met on September 23, 2014 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The main aim of this talk was to revitalize Iraqi-Turkish relations with the new Haider al-Abadi government of Iraq which was...
Collective Celebration of Workers'Day in Baghdad

Collective Celebration of Workers’Day in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative spreads the message of Iraqi unions and civil society organizations on May 1st Celebrations in 2015, and endorses the call for solidarity by U.S. Labor Against the War: Iraq’s unions need our solidarity: SOLIDARITY is the secret weapon of the labor movement We understand the power of workers standing...
GFWU in Basrah Celebrates the International Labor Day

GFWU in Basrah Celebrates the International Labor Day

In the first of May, on the sound of drums, the celebrations began in Basra on the occasion of International Labor Day at the Corniche of Basra. Representatives of the trade unions of the General Federation of Workers Union (Basra branch) and a number of women trade unionists and groups of youth and the leaders...
Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Shafaq News On Wednesday, Iraq called for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to be the foundation of joint cooperation projects for the basin countries through strategic investment projects. As reported by Shafaq News, according to a statement by the Ministry of Water Resources the minister Mohsen Al-Shammari attended the fifth steering committee meeting of the...
Standing With Iraqi Women and Activists at the World Social Forum

Standing With Iraqi Women and Activists at the World Social Forum

By Suzanne DeRouen, ICSSI Volunteer from the USA (April 2015). On March 28, the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia, opened with a march to the National Bardo Museum in a show of solidarity with the Tunisian people following last month’s terrorist attacks. As a participant in both the WSF and the march, I...
SYRIA/IRAQ - Security Council Asked to Refer Crimes Against Journalists in Syria and Iraq to ICC

SYRIA/IRAQ – Security Council Asked to Refer Crimes Against Journalists in Syria and Iraq to ICC

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is asking the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria and Iraq, where war crimes have been committed against journalists, to the International Criminal Court. RSF made this request in a letter on 16 April to the office of Lithuania’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York,...