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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.
Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for  Baghdad and its people

Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for Baghdad and its people

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris Campaign participated in the “ I Have Hope”festival on the Al-Aimmah Bridge, Baghdad, May 2016 . Al-Aimmah Bridge is located on the Tigris river in Baghdad, bridging the two districts of Adhamiya (Sunni-majority) and Kadhimya (Shia majority). On 31 August 2005...
OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

Baghdad – 25 May 2016 – Press release by UNOCHA Iraq. Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in Fallujah in Iraq are at extreme risk. “We are receiving distressing reports of civilians trapped inside Fallujah who are desperate to escape to safety, but can’t,” said...
Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

24 May 2016 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Iraq We urge the Iraqi Government to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad last Friday. Four...
No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky – published by Niqash Non-governmental organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan are lobbying for a change in the regional law relating to their work. They say the decades-old law is preventing them from doing their job. 12.05.2016  |  Dohuk Iraqi schoolchildren with donated books and pens. (photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea) According...
The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

Baghdad, May 2016 Report on a seminar hosted by the Information Center for Research and Development, in the headquarters of the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity, Baghdad. On Saturday, the 7th of May 2016, in Baghdad the Information Center for Research and Development organized with the Iraqi Council for...
Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

ICSSI Baghdad – May 22, 2016 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] has received devastating news from our partners on the violent repression of last Friday’s demonstrations in Baghdad. Among them, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq denounces that Iraqi Security forces have attacked members of the ‘Huna...
Shahrazad Services Center for Women Human Rights Defenders, Sees the Light in Baghdad

Shahrazad Services Center for Women Human Rights Defenders, Sees the Light in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) – May 2016 Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq, including female journalists, unionists and activists work with human rights organizations, contribute with a significant role in the development of human rights in Iraq. However, at the same time they are exposed to the...
Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Batman, Turkey, May 2016 The ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey has for years been struggling against the destructive Ilisu Dam, currently under construction in Southeastern Turkey. The dam would not only flood Hasankeyf but in addition would lead to a huge decrease in water flows to Iraq, threatening the...
Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – PRESS RELEASE The daily security threats that plague the lives of Iraqi civilians must not open the door to more human rights violations, Amnesty International warned today at the end of a six-day trip to Baghdad and Erbil headed by the organization’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty. Both the...
Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

By Zahra Ali, 5 May 2016, published on Open Democracy. Through banners and slogans, grassroots groups find new, inclusive ways of being Iraqi in a country traumatised by authoritarianism, occupation and sectarian war. Last month, I returned to Iraq to both visit my family and present the findings of my doctoral...
The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

By ICSSI, May 2, 2016. On the 1st of May 2016, Baghdad looked much safer, without separation walls between the government and the Iraqi people. Those concrete walls built to protect politicians in the Green Zone, to allow them to shut eyes and ears to the legitimate requests of the...
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Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

By Ismaeel Dawood and Terry Kay Rockefeller (ICSSI). Dramatic events are unfolding in Baghdad on April 30, 2016: Peacefully and in collaboration with security forces, thousands of Iraqi protestors, most of them followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, have entered the Iraqi Parliament building in the Green Zone; Protesters are calling on all to protect the public...
The impact of a possible Mosul Dam failure

The impact of a possible Mosul Dam failure

A technical report has been released by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service, on a possible failure of the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River in Northern Iraq. For several months, new stories have appeared in which the strength of the dam has been put into question. The largest dam of...
Officials Threaten Journalist with Death unless he Stops Denouncing Corruption

Officials Threaten Journalist with Death unless he Stops Denouncing Corruption

Journalistic Freedoms Observatory An Iraqi journalist faces pressure and death threats for publishing a file of corruption on investments in the province of Diyala, where local officials and directors of municipalities have manipulated permits for investments in the cities of Baquba, and Khanaqin. According to the documents obtained by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), the...
Iraq's Water Resources are Not for Sale

Iraq’s Water Resources are Not for Sale

Dr Hassan Al-Janaby   Recently a post was published on Facebook by Dr. Hasan-Al-Janaby, an Iraqi academic and expert on water issues, in which he expresses his view of Iraq’s relationship with Turkey over the region’s water resources, and the dangers posed by Ilisu and other large dams: The post was written in response to...
Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Faris Kamal Nazmi, April 19, 2016. A primary reading for what happened in the Iraqi parliament. The manner of speaking and physical appearance of the prime minister, in his  speech before the parliament, suggested that he was the director of a bankrupt company, tired and desperate, trying to prove his own innocence to those investors...
“Protectors of the Tigris River” celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers in Baghdad

“Protectors of the Tigris River” celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers in Baghdad

By ICSSI Baghdad, April 2016. “We depend on our water and our land. Our land is useless without water. Our environment thrives thanks to water. However, because of droughts we have low water levels in certain seasons, and then it seems all life has left. People leave the countryside and migrate to the city. We...
Iraqi Youth Use Sport as a Community Tool Against Violence

Iraqi Youth Use Sport as a Community Tool Against Violence

ICSSI Baghdad – April  2016 Sport Against Violence and ICSSI have been working with the Iraqi Social Forum to support Iraqi youth who want to build peace through sports. They held a three-day workshop in Baghdad about using sport as a community tool against violence with the participation of 24 young trainees, boys and girls...
Shahrazad Campaign Advocates against the Harassment Phenomenon in Kurdistan Region

Shahrazad Campaign Advocates against the Harassment Phenomenon in Kurdistan Region

Al-Mesalla Organization in Erbil – Iraqi Kurdistan, April 2016 Advocacy Meeting With Baharka Camp Management Activists of the Shahrazad Campaign in the last months registered cases of harassment in several camps in Kurdistan Region for internally displaced people (IDPs), and the local NGO Al-Mesalla decided to organize several meetings with other NGOs to discuss how...
The Employees of the Oil Sector in Basra Demand for a Professional and Independent Minister, and Criticize the Licensing Rounds

The Employees of the Oil Sector in Basra Demand for a Professional and Independent Minister, and Criticize the Licensing Rounds

Basra – 6 April 2016 The oil sector employees in Basra called on Mr. Haider Al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, to select a professional and independent Minister to be assigned for the ministry of Oil, and the Employees Committee of the South Oil issued a statement in this regard, stating: “The employees of the oil...
Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Speaker Of Iraqi Kurdish Parliament: ‘If Barzani Stepped Down Now, He Would Be A Model President’

Honar Hama Rasheed – Niqash The banned Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, Yusuf Mohammed, caused a storm at an elite political forum recently by implying senior Kurdish politicians were too stupid to rule. He told NIQASH why. The big drama at the recent Sulaymaniyah Forum, an annual conference organised by the American University in...
The Suffering of the Iraqi Women under "Daash" and Restrictions on Displaced Women by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities

The Suffering of the Iraqi Women under “Daash” and Restrictions on Displaced Women by the Kurdistan Regional Authorities

Human Rights Watch For Sunnis, Lives Curtailed; for Yezidis, New Accounts of Brutal Rapes (Beirut) – The extremist armed group Daesh should urgently release Yezidi women and girls they abducted in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today, following new research with recent escapees who were raped and traded between members before they fled. Daesh also routinely imposes...
Abnormal Number of Orphans Among IDPs in Dohuk, and Importance of Foster Family System

Abnormal Number of Orphans Among IDPs in Dohuk, and Importance of Foster Family System

Bewar A. Saido Since the fall of Talafar, Sinjar and Mosel, families fleeing the fighting have lived in the area around Dohuk  temporary structures, unfinished buildings and Tent camps . Many of children lost their father and mothers according statistic data  of Dohuk directorate of social care 617 orphan children are living in Shekhan ,Khanke...