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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.
Ministry of Oil Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence, and Compensate those Affected

Ministry of Oil Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence, and Compensate those Affected

January 16, 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the demands of the employees of South Oil to hold SOC and the BP Oil Company responsible for the recurring collisions that occur on the road of North Rumailah in Al-Rumailah field in Basra. Recently these collisions have claimed...
The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

17 Jan. 2015 – JFO Iraqi and Arab media institutions continue to suffer from blocking their websites inside Iraq, since the 10th of June 2014.Where security authorities withheld in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications about 20 news websites, but it unblocked most of the websites afterwards, except for the...
Al-Qushla: Iraq's Oasis of Free Expression

Al-Qushla: Iraq’s Oasis of Free Expression

Al Jazeera – Baghdad On Friday mornings, Yasser Kian and his friends leave behind the pressures of work and school and the dangers of life in Baghdad to come to a small square that has become an oasis of free expression. On a recent Friday, Kian, dressed in a suit jacket,...
Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

2014-12-31 –  gc4hr  Many see Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in Northern Iraq, as a safe haven, a place of relative calm away from the terror and chaos that exists in much of the rest of Iraq. Yet independent journalists and human rights defenders are at risk, says a mission report...
Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Source: Amnesty A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International. Delegates from the organization who have just returned from...
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Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Source: ijrda Baghdad/ Mohammed al-Jbouri   Six years elapsed , Mazin is still travelling between Iraq and Syria in search for the broker took from him 30.000 dollars to assist him travel to Europe, when his family (mother and three brothers) fled Iraq from the sectorial war of 2006. Mazin’s mother had her fears of the...
KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

2 Jan. 2015 – JFO The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory expressed its concern about the continuing detention of a journalist by KRG authorities since January 2014. As there have been no reasons given for his detention, this directly violates the terms of the Iraqi constitution, as well as international conventions. The journalist, Saif Hashim Al-Obaidi, who...
Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

niqash |Baghdad  The past year in Iraq is not easy to review. The assorted crises, both in security and politics, are well known around the world and for many Iraqis it’s been one long nightmare. NIQASH went to gather ordinary Iraqis’ opinions on the year gone by and ended up speaking to one local whose...
Coping With Success Against ISIS

Coping With Success Against ISIS

James F. Jeffrey – The Washington Institute Although Washington should have no illusions about resolving the region’s wider problems, it can build on early successes against ISIS by making the commitments needed to fully defeat the group in Iraq and Syria, including a modest, enduring U.S. military presence. The battle against the “Islamic State”/ISIS has...
A Brutal "Torture Report," but No Accountability!

A Brutal “Torture Report,” but No Accountability!

Source: Truthout The long-awaited “torture report” released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s top secret, post-9/11 torture program is certainly brutal, and the Obama administration does not deny that. The administration is, however, refusing to hold anyone publicly accountable. Yes, it’s brutal. Some detainees were placed in “ice water baths” and at...
STOP TORTURE: Accountability: YES – Impunity: NO!

STOP TORTURE: Accountability: YES – Impunity: NO!

Source: brussellstribunal This petition will be delivered to:  US Government – International Criminal Court – President of the UN General Assembly – President of the Human Rights Council – European Court of Justice  You can sign the petition here Petition initiated by two former UN Assistant Secretaries-General, UN Humanitarian Coordinators for Iraq: Hans von Sponeck and...
Iraqis Wage New Battle for Freedoms!

Iraqis Wage New Battle for Freedoms!

Shukur Khilkhal – Al-monitor The battle over civil liberties has erupted again, after a draft law written under the government of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on freedom of expression, assembly and peaceful protest was returned to parliament in October. This draft law was presented to the previous parliament in October 2012, but it did...
A New Northern Frontline Where Iraq’s Kurds and Shiites are Facing Off!

A New Northern Frontline Where Iraq’s Kurds and Shiites are Facing Off!

niqash | Sulaymaniyah  In Iraq’s northern disputed territories, minor skirmishes, rumours of looting, arson and speculation about political power plays have locals frightened of a new front line near Iraqi Kurdistan. It has nothing to do with extremists, rather it’s about the Iraqi Kurdish military and the increasingly troublesome and lawless Shiite Muslim militias.  ...
Final Declaration  of the  Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference  Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Final Declaration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

For three days, a group of Iraqi and international civil society activists met in the Norwegian city of Oslo to discuss the current crisis in Iraq. They came together to build international solidarity with civil society in Iraq in order to promote the far-reaching political and social reforms that are essential to confronting the root...
Civil Society, Civil Forces and the Crisis of Democracy in Iraq

Civil Society, Civil Forces and the Crisis of Democracy in Iraq

Ismael Dawood The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Paper prepared for ICSSI conference in Oslo – Norway – 2014   The political situation in Iraq has suffered from a kind of paralysis as it waits to see what will happen on the ground: after Mosul and most of the cities of Salahuddin and Anbar fell...
MPs Declare Recent Government Decisions “Unfair" and Against the Interests of the Public Sector, as Companies within the Industrial Sector Assert that 250 000 Workers may Risk Pay Cuts!

MPs Declare Recent Government Decisions “Unfair” and Against the Interests of the Public Sector, as Companies within the Industrial Sector Assert that 250 000 Workers may Risk Pay Cuts!

Al-Mada Press/ Baghdad On Thursday, company representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Minerals demanded that the parliament put pressure on the government to pay their salaries, which have been stalled for three months and to bring these ‘at risk’ companies back to a system of central funding, that is, funding by the Iraqi government....
'Ghost' Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

‘Ghost’ Soldiers, Funding Issues, Lack of Morale, Unity Shatter Iraqi Army!

According to the recently revealed results of a governmental investigation, practically every fifth soldier of the Iraqi armed forces existed only on paper.  Sputnik – Alexander Mosesov  As the Iraqi Armed Forces have suffered crushing defeats to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in 2014, the jihadists have not only captured half of Iraq’s territory, but also revealed the poor...