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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.
Shahrazad Center Concludes the Second Workshop on the Protection of Women Journalists and Women Human Right Defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq

Shahrazad Center Concludes the Second Workshop on the Protection of Women Journalists and Women Human Right Defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq

Shahrazad Center – Baghdad On the 14th of July, Shahrazad center concluded in the headquarter of the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum (IWJF) its second workshop on the protection and personal safety of women journalists and women human right defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq, with the participation of 18 female trainees from...
Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Baghdad With the participation of women leaders of three labor unions and a numbers of media women and civil activists, and as a part of Shahrazad campaign activities, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum organized a seminar in cooperation with the Solidarity Center and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)...
A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon...
International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

  Istanbul, 10 July 2016 Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign At the conclusion of this year’s annual conference of World Heritage Watch in Istanbul, civil society organizations presented their list of resolutions. These have been announced in a press conference and will be submitted to the World...
Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Protecting the Tigris River of Iraq: this will be the main objective for a new group of committed youth activists from Baghdad and Southern Iraq as they developed plans to support of the Save the Tigris Campaign. During a training in Erbil from 26-27 June, they discussed together with other...
No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

By UNPO, 4 July 2016. Minority communities in Iraq are now on the verge of disappearance, says a new report by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Institute for International Law and Human Rights and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ). Download the full report...
We Call Upon the Kurdish Community to Take Urgent Action for Women’s Rights and Stand against Sexual Harassment

We Call Upon the Kurdish Community to Take Urgent Action for Women’s Rights and Stand against Sexual Harassment

By Shahrazad Campaign, June 2016. Executive Summary of a research on sexual harassment in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, produced by Al-Mesalla organization for Human Resource Development within the framework of Shahrazad Campaign, in cooperation with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. The study has been conducted by the local...
Statement on Iraq and Falluja by UN OCHA

Statement on Iraq and Falluja by UN OCHA

  UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, STEPHEN O’BRIEN STATEMENT ON IRAQ I am deeply concerned by the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, where a major military operation against ISIL is taking place. An estimated 50,000 civilians, including at least 20,000 children,...
The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

  By ICSSI – Baghdad, May 2016. Throughout the entire day on Saturday, May 15, young people coordinated by the Iraqi Social Forum carried a banner and moved in a small bus through the different areas of Baghdad. Each time they parked in one of Baghdad’s neighborhoods, they transformed the...
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...
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Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands as a world heritage site! The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq” UNESCO said. “The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and...
Signs of Violence to Come: Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home to Face Cruel Economic Blockade

Signs of Violence to Come: Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home to Face Cruel Economic Blockade

Mosul – Niqash Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Daesh group have returned home – but now they are threatened by an economic siege caused by political infighting. It has been eight months since the extremist group known as the Daesh was pushed out of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The area had...
Mega water projects and the environmental crisis in the Iraqi Marshes: a publication by A Sud

Mega water projects and the environmental crisis in the Iraqi Marshes: a publication by A Sud

Beyond the rhetoric of “waves” as used by the media in their narrative of migration flows to Europe lies a different and more complex reality, a reality beyond wars, extreme poverty and political persecution. The UNHCR 2014-2015 data estimates the number of refugees in the world between 14 and 15 million. There are, however, forced...
Civilians Fleeing Fallujah “Facing Double Jeopardy”

Civilians Fleeing Fallujah “Facing Double Jeopardy”

GENEVA – OHCHR UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the Iraqi Government to take immediate measures to ensure that all people fleeing the Daesh-occupied city of Fallujah are treated in strict accordance with international human rights and international humanitarian laws. “There are extremely distressing, credible reports that some...
Privatising Security Must not Lower Standards of Protection and Accountability – UN Rights Expert

Privatising Security Must not Lower Standards of Protection and Accountability – UN Rights Expert

  GENEVA  – OHCHR The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, today has called for greater scrutiny and accountability of the use of force by private security providers in law enforcement activities. “The unregulated or improper use of force by private security providers can severely jeopardize the protection of...
Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Iraqi Media Focuses on the Misfortunes of Minorities and Contributes to their Emigration

Ahmed Mohammad – Iraqi Media House An Iraqi Christian cleric declared that the Iraqi media focuses on minority issues mostly in the times of misfortunes and disasters in a very pathetic way as if they are not original Iraqis, while considered that; this drives them, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to leave the country, which constitutes...
Iraq Borrows $ 2.7 Billion from the United States

Iraq Borrows $ 2.7 Billion from the United States

Source: Almaalomah The US embassy in Baghdad revealed that Iraq has borrowed $ 2.7 billion to finance the ammunition and maintenance of fighting aircrafts, tanks and other military equipment to use in the war against Daesh criminal gangs. According to a statement issued by the US Embassy and translated by “Almaalomah” Agency: “Baghdad have eight and a...
Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

From June 26-27, the Save the Tigris Campaign will conduct a training for Iraqi youth environmental activists in Erbil. A group of around 25 activists from Baghdad and South Iraq will fly into the city and attend a two day-workshop organized by the Save the Tigris Campaign. International activists from the UK, Turkey, Netherlands –...
The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the National Reconciliation

The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the National Reconciliation

On May 28, 2016, Shahrazad Service Center hosted the Conference of the Governance Center for Public Policies on Civil Peace in Iraq. The conference discussed the role of the women human rights defenders and journalists in the national reconciliation, and in the diagnosis of drawbacks faced by the whole society. The audience addressed the urgent...
Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

By PAX, June 2016 This outline of an extensive study on Sinjar, Iraq, provides an important understanding of new dynamics in areas where ISIS has retreated. In post-ISIS Sinjar, new security and political stakeholders have taken root, and local communities, affected by rounds of violence and frustrated by a lack of state protection, increasingly mobilize...
Will Iraq's wetlands join World Heritage List?

Will Iraq’s wetlands join World Heritage List?

Omar Sattar, Published by Al-Monitor, June 17 2016 BAGHDAD — The archaeological sites of Ur, Eridu and Uruk as well as the Iraqi marshlands are under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting to be held July 10-20 in Turkey, where the UNESCO member states will vote on adding new sites to World List. In...
The Available Opportunity: Peace

The Available Opportunity: Peace

Yasir Alsalim – People’s Road Newspaper Few days ago, videos widely shared on social media, revealed the abuses committed by soldiers against civilians from the people of Fallujah have raised a wave of resentment and societal and political controversial. According to a statement of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, 609 citizens of the city...