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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.
End the Cross-Border Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan

End the Cross-Border Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan

Human rights report by Christian Peacemaker Team, September 2017 (The full report can be downloaded here in PDF) Decades of bombing along the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan and its neighboring countries of Turkey and Iran has created an ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis for the village population and migrant...
Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Initiative to keep Hasankeyf Alive, 30 August 2017 We call activists, social movements, NGO’s and all others in the world to join the second global action day for the defense of Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on 23rd September 2017! It is under threat by the Ilisu Project; lets protest...
New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

Iraqi Women Journalist Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – 28 August 2017 On 26 August 2017, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum held a seminar in Baghdad on the draft law on internet censorship. Though no precise date has been announced, this proposed law, the ‘Informatics Crime Law’, is...
Free and Open Public Discourse in Iraqi Kurdistan is Under Threat

Free and Open Public Discourse in Iraqi Kurdistan is Under Threat

Human rights report by Christian Peacemaker Team, August 2017 (Full report can be downloaded in pdf here) Current situation surrounding Referendum on Independence The authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan have planned a referendum vote for independence of Iraqi Kurdistan from the Central Iraqi Government set to take place on September 25th,...
Through Nonviolent Action We Can Protect our Natural and Cultural Heritage

Through Nonviolent Action We Can Protect our Natural and Cultural Heritage

Salman Khairalla, 22 August 2017 In Maysan province, Amarah is often referred to as ‘the city of love and beauty’, with roots that extend back hundreds of years. Historically, it has always been home to a wide range of people of different religions and sects, yet who nevertheless lived together...
The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

By Shakoufyan, Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 22, 2017 On the evening of 12 August, 2017, in Hit, youth opened the Shakoufyan Cultural Center. This new center, which contains a small library, a café and a theater for activities, workshops, seminars and literary events, is one of...
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A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

The Aley district is one of the beautiful “green lungs” of Lebanon, a charming hilly area located 15 kilometers south of Beirut. The absence of the city’s never-ending traffic, together with an explosion of trees and flowers, as well as the delicate cream color of many of the buildings in Aley — all in a typical...
Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

The independence referendum for the Kurdistan Region reflects not just struggles with Baghdad but intra-Kurdish political rivalries that could encourage further conflict.   BY: DENISE NATALI – Carnegie Endowment The Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum, planned for September 25, reflects unresolved disputes over political authority between Baghdad and Erbil. It is embedded in the “right to...
The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq 28/8/2017 The Directorate of Media, Printing and Publishing in Erbil, within the Ministry of Culture and Youth of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has stopped all local broadcasting of the NRT satellite channel. The channel said in its press release, “The Directorate announced that its decision was because the...
Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives - Destruction Enters New Phase

Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives – Destruction Enters New Phase

Press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 21 August 2017   With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km...
The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

By Ofok Organization and ICSSI Secretariat – 22 August 2017 On 7 August 2017, the Ofok Organization for Human Development organized a seminar entitled “Private schools and their impact on education in Iraq”, for a number of educators and others interested in education issues. During the session, the discussions focused on the positive and negative...
Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Ibrahim Saleh, NIQASH In Iraq, the temperature this summer has often risen to higher than 50 degrees Centigrade. Meanwhile electricity – which runs air conditioning units and refrigerators – is being cut more frequently, water pumping services are interrupted and sewage overflows. The situation has driven ordinary Iraqis out of their houses and onto the...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

Following a strategy meeting in April 2017 with river activists from Iraq, Turkey and Iran, Save the Tigris Campaign announced a regional water forum will be organized in April 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) with participants from across Mesopotamia. Preparing for this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized a training...
In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 15, 2017 Now that the Upper Euphrates cities have been liberated from Daesh, they need the attention and cooperation of all. We hope that this region, which has suffered so much, will once again be a key player in the process of restoring peace and coexistence...
Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 15, 2017 On 4-5 August 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), in cooperation with the Democratic Cultural Forum in Kut, organized a training to prepare youth volunteers to become facilitators in nonviolence; the training involved a group of 11 young activists in Kut, and was held...
Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

10.08.2017 – IndustriALL Trade unions in Iraq, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, are calling on the Iraqi parliament to reject a draft social security law, which would reduce social protection for thousands of people already suffering in the war-ravaged state. The proposed legislation was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on 1 August and is now...
Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 12, 2017 On 16-17 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) organized a training at the Youth Forum Hall in Sulaymaniya called, Nonviolent Facilitation in Society, The training included 10 young Sulaymaniyans, including 5 women. The participants were from the Y-peer Network and X-line Volunteers. These are...
The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 10, 2017 Najaf | Baghdad  On 14-15 July 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for 13 young volunteers in Najaf. The training resulted in the formation of an organized volunteer platform: the Social Forum in Najaf. The volunteers who attended the training belong to...