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Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion...
The Right to Heal Hearings

The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans...
Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

The Iraqi Parliament is working on a weak Labor Law and a Trade Union Law that does not respect the right of workers to organize in the public sector! BAGHDAD – March 2014 The General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW), Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), General...
Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

by HRW :Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls (Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of...
African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

Niqash - Basra  Over a million African Iraqis live in the country. Yet unlike other ethnic groups, they are not recognised as a legitimate minority, nor are they represented in Parliament. Despite some politicians’ protests that there is no racism in Iraq and that affirmative action is not necessary, activists in...
British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

Thursday, 27 February 2014 AlShafaq News A report issued by the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) , based in London warned on Thursday from the bankruptcy of Iraq in three years because of the budget deficit, which now threatens the Iraqi oil sector clearly , as the report indicated...
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Ja'fari Law Takes the Iraqi Government's Violation of Women's Rights to a New Level

Ja’fari Law Takes the Iraqi Government’s Violation of Women’s Rights to a New Level

Marriage at age nine, legalising marital rape – this bill breaches UN conventions and is degrading for Iraqi men and women alike! Haifa Zangana - The Guardian If you think the Iraqi government has reached its limit in violating women’s rights, think again. On 25 February, the Iraqi council of ministers approved a new personal status law...
Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

ARA News – Urfa, Turkey This is the second time he was arrested. / Syrian journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan for ‘defaming Kurdish leader’ The Police Center of Siwan in Sulaymaniyah city in Iraqi Kurdistan detained on Sunday the Syrian Kurdish journalist Biradost Azizi on charges on entering Iraqi Kurdistan illegally in 2004 and was...
Najaf's Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Najaf’s Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Ali Mamouri – AlMonitor The Shiite seminary (hawza) in Najaf witnessed huge developments in its educational program in the mid-20th century, especially between the 1940s and 1960s. The number of students ranged between 15,000 and 20,000, and they came from various countries that have Shiite populations. More than 1,000 students used to attend the lessons...
Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Kenneth M. Pollack Iran@SABAN A major event for Iran is barely a month away, though few in Washington seem to be paying attention. On April 30, Iraq will hold national elections. A lot is riding on these elections, including the future stability of Iraq. And that is of no small concern to Tehran, which seems...
Iraq's Jaafari Law Would Violate Human Rights!

Iraq’s Jaafari Law Would Violate Human Rights!

Muhannad Al-Ghazi / Al-monitor The Iraqi Justice Ministry announced on Oct. 27 that it had sent a copy of a draft law on Jaafari (Shiite) jurisprudence and personal status to the cabinet for approval and referral to the Council of Representatives for passage. The draft law stipulates that Iraqi Shiites would refer to Islamic Sharia,...
Women’s Movement in Iraq Faces Setbacks!

Women’s Movement in Iraq Faces Setbacks!

Ali Mamouri - Al-Monitor When well-known feminist activist Mona Eltahawy put forth her theory that women are hated and detested in the Middle East, she faced objections from both men and women in various Arab countries. Yet, when we consider the Iraqi model and watch the decline and regression in the status of women and feminist activism, we might have no choice but...

Ilisu Dam and Legal Considerations in Iraq

Policy Paper Presented to the Iraqi Government on the legal possibilities available to Iraq to respond to the threat posed by the Ilisu Dam. Author: Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Baghdad, 22-03-2014    Download the full paper here (PDF file) or read the full content below.   Contents: ILISU DAM AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS...
Banned for Bad Behaviour: Criticising Iraqi PM Enough to Get MPs Banned from Elections?

Banned for Bad Behaviour: Criticising Iraqi PM Enough to Get MPs Banned from Elections?

Niqash | Baghdad | 20.03.2014 A number of high profile MPs have been banned from running in Iraq’s upcoming general elections – allegedly because they contravene an electoral rule about good conduct. However there is also another thing they all have in common: They are all vehement critics of the current Prime Minister.  There are...
Faiza Babakhan: Jaafari Personal Status Law Cannot be Passed Unless if the Minister of Justice Accepted the Marriage of his Daughters in the Age of Nine!

Faiza Babakhan: Jaafari Personal Status Law Cannot be Passed Unless if the Minister of Justice Accepted the Marriage of his Daughters in the Age of Nine!

BAGHDAD – “Arenas of Liberation“ The legal researcher Faiza Babakhan criticized the government’s decision to vote on the draft of Jaafari personal status law and submit it to the parliament, saying that it establishes an ethnic sectarian country that divide Iraq to more than ten states. Bapakhan added in a lecture she delivered in the...
AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme,...
Shiite leader retires: what next for the millions in the sadrist movement?

Shiite leader retires: what next for the millions in the sadrist movement?

Baghdad - Niqash After Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics this week, there were many questions being asked. Firstly, why was he going? What would happen to his followers, some of whom are in political office? What did it mean for the elections? And what was going to happen to associated militias –...
Day of Action for The Tigris

Day of Action for The Tigris

The International Day of Action for Rivers By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign  On 14 March the annual International Day of Action for Rivers was celebrated all over the world. This day coincided with the second anniversary of the Save the Tigris campaign, which was founded in 2012....