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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.
A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

The Peace Forum of Anbar and The Iraqi Social Forum In the city of Ramadi, on 13 January 2018, Al-Ma’arif College hosted a Peace Forum, called “Anbar Al-Salam” (Anbar of Peace), in which 400 people took part. The festival was dedicated to teams of volunteers and organizations that are active...
Maysan Celebrates Local Creativity in the "I Love Maysan” Carnival

Maysan Celebrates Local Creativity in the “I Love Maysan” Carnival

Maysan Social Forum / Iraqi Social Forum With more than 1000 people attending, the first season of the “I Love Maysan” carnival was an enormous success. It was organized jointly by the Maysan Social Forum and the Iraqi Social Forum, and its activities  focused on youth creativity in the province,...
Postponement of Ilisu Dam Reservoir is Not a Success!

Postponement of Ilisu Dam Reservoir is Not a Success!

Statement by Humat Dijlah Baghdad, January 2018 With great concern we are following the decreasing water supply to the Tigris River — a problem which has the potential to create an environmental catastrophe in Iraq in the near future. We are particularly worried following statements made by the Iraqi government...
"I Love Dhi Qar" a civil space in Nasiriya

“I Love Dhi Qar” a civil space in Nasiriya

To end the year of 2017, Dhi Qar Forum organized its main event of the year: the annual festival of I Love Dhi Qar in the city of Nasiriyah, Southern Iraq, from 28-30 December 2017, consisting of several activities aimed at bringing together local civil society, youth and communities. Dhi...
Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

A summary of recommendations of the paper prepared by Shahrazad activists, on the protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq. In 2017, Iraq weathered trying social and security conditions that left their traces on efforts to secure the freedoms and security of citizens in general, and this goes in...
The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

By Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – December 2017 After nine months of continuous work, including holding seminars, focus groups and providing legal advice to women human rights defenders through the legal clinic in the Shahrazad Center, the activities of the Shahrazad Project concluded with the Shahrazad Conference on 16...
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The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

ICSSI Secretariat – December 2017 The activities of the first season of the Peace Forum in Hit began on 22 December 2017. This marked the culmination of the coordinated efforts of a number of voluntary organizations which came together to establish a joint space where groups could exchange ideas and unify their visions broadly aimed...
Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah

Iraqi Youth Discover the Ahwar of Iraq World Heritage in the Third Youth Camp of Humat Dijlah

For the third year in row, Iraqi youth learned about Iraqi heritage in the annual youth camp in Chibayish Marshes in Dhi Qar Governorate, Southern Iraq. This camp is an annual event organized by Humat Dijlah and the Mashufna Cultural Center. Participants were young activists from the cities of Baghdad, Najaf, Hit, Nasiriyah and Diwaniyah to...
The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

By: Terry Kay Rockefeller* Civilian casualties are making headlines as we try to comprehend the true cost of liberating Mosul from Daesh.  A New York Times investigative report, “The Uncounted,” revealed the stunningly inaccurate intelligence that guided what were supposed to be targeted, strategic bombings of Daesh strongholds. The article described in detail the killing...
Football Tournament For Social Cohesion Takes Place In the Arbat Refugee Camp

Football Tournament For Social Cohesion Takes Place In the Arbat Refugee Camp

In what Sport Against Violence [SAV] hopes will become an annual event, a 3-day Football Tournament to promote dialogue and peaceful coexistence took place in the Arbat Refugee Camp, on December 12, 13, and 15, 2017. The winner was an 8-player team from the town of Arbat, who defeated a team of players from the...
The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

Syria – Qamishlo There is virtually no disagreement about the need to ensure certain fundamental rights ​​to all people, such as the right to life, human dignity, basic freedoms, equality and justice. While respect for these rights is essential, exactly how they are realized must take into account the different cultures and peoples who practice...
Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

One of the main goals of the Kurdistan Social Forum has been to monitor and improve freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region. To this end, the Forum frequently publishes reports of violations and meets regularly with policymakers. It also aims to equip activists and defenders of this right with effective mechanisms to protect themselves....
Supporting Joint Campaigning by the Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums: Bridging the Divide in 2018

Supporting Joint Campaigning by the Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums: Bridging the Divide in 2018

In Iraq – post-Daesh and post-referendum – political disagreements between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have escalated. Though civil society remains vital and relevant, these mounting tensions have complicated its work. Civil society’s independent and leading role in offering an alternative to conflict, a path of dialogue and nonviolence, must now be strengthened...
Open Letter by CPT on the current protests in the Kurdistan Region

Open Letter by CPT on the current protests in the Kurdistan Region

To whom it may concern, Your urgent attention is needed in regards to widespread human rights violations currently taking place throughout the Kurdish Region of Iraq. This includes violence, mass arrests and excessive force used by the KRG security forces in response to peaceful protests. On the 18th and 19th December CPT accompanied peaceful demonstrations...
Iraqi Unions Continue Struggle to End Unjust Laws Restricting Union Freedoms

Iraqi Unions Continue Struggle to End Unjust Laws Restricting Union Freedoms

Baghdad – Social and Economic Rights Path – November 2017 During its thirty-third regular session on Monday, November 20, the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted for Iraq to accede to the 1948 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (No. 87). Iraq’s accession to this Convention represents a major milestone for...
Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Erbil, 10th of December 2017, International Human Rights Day The first Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) took place in Erbil, on 9-10 December 2017, with the participation of about 400 civil society activists from the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories in Ninewa and Kirkuk Governorates. The Forum happened under very difficult circumstances caused by an...
The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

ICSSI is excited to announce the first annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in Erbil from 9-10 December 2017! The Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) is a newly-founded space for coordination among CSOs and networks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with a Secretariat based in Erbil and a committee of NGOs,...
Iraqis Fear Earthquakes, Terrorism Could Lead to Dam Catastrophe

Iraqis Fear Earthquakes, Terrorism Could Lead to Dam Catastrophe

Adnan Abu Zeed, Al-Monitor, 4 December 2017 BAGHDAD — International experts arrived in Baghdad Nov. 21 to assess the damage caused to the Darbandikhan Dam, southeast of Sulaimaniyah, as a result of the earthquake that hit Iraq and Iran on Nov. 12. Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi told the media a day prior to...