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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.
How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

Updating the Save Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign- March 2015 The water crisis in the Middle East region is aggravating, turning from a shortage of water resources and chronic mismanagement into a complex crisis, due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist organization Daesh has used water...
More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians 'Hostage' in Mosul

More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians ‘Hostage’ in Mosul

niqash | Mosul  The Islamic State group recently re-issued rules about who could and could not leave the city they control, Mosul. Fearing that they will be used as human shields by the extremists, many people have tried to leave, using fake medical certificates and the services of people smugglers....
Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Sabreen Kadhum   There is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that women working in visual, audio or print media are exposed to malicious harassment which offenders claim provides them some protection from this harassment, but is in fact a form of opportunistic and soft extortion. Unfortunately, no one wants...
General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

AlSumaria- Basrah General Company for Ports, which is based in the province of Basra announced, injuring the largest and most active Iraqi port, a port of Umm Qasr, commercial paralyzed by a sit-General Company for Industries petrochemical staff near the entrance and cutting them off the road leading to him...
Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 16.02.2015 Ilisu Dam construction site militarized With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its...
Will the "Shahrazad" Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

Will the “Shahrazad” Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative February 2015   Efforts to build the “Shahrazad Campaign” began in April 2014, but this civil campaign will fully develop this year. The mobilization for “Shahrazad” was launched in direct response to the so-called “Al-Jaafari Personal Status draft law” approved by the Iraqi Council...
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GFWUI Meeting with Women Affairs Office

GFWUI Meeting with Women Affairs Office

On Saturday, 28th of March, The General Federation of Workers’ Unions in Iraq conducted a meeting at its headquarters with the presence of the President of the GFWUI and Women general office and a number of union leaders, the meeting addressed the evaluation of the meeting with the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and...
Solidarity Message from the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras to the World Social Forum

Solidarity Message from the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras to the World Social Forum

Dear friends and comrades, Fourteen years ago, at the beginning of the new millennium, the World Social Forum came to the fore as the response of the people to the globalization of the markets. It was deliberately meant as versatile meeting of movements, trade unions and associations from around the world, looking for progressive solutions...
College of Education for Girls in Baghdad Protest against the Transfer of 19 Qualified Male Professors, while Security Forces Prevent Media Coverage

College of Education for Girls in Baghdad Protest against the Transfer of 19 Qualified Male Professors, while Security Forces Prevent Media Coverage

Al-Mada Press/ Baghdad On Sunday, dozens of students in the College of Education for Girls in the capital Baghdad protested against the transfer of 19 professors from their college without finding alternative instructors of the same competence. The Dean of the college threatened to stop students from entering the college in the event that demonstrations...
Employees of Foreign Oil Companies in Basrah Accuse Owners of Exclusive Decision-Making Procedures which Undermine Obligations towards Workers

Employees of Foreign Oil Companies in Basrah Accuse Owners of Exclusive Decision-Making Procedures which Undermine Obligations towards Workers

Al-Mada Press – Basrah On Tuesday, workers and trade unionists in Basra accused foreign oil companies operating in the governorate (590 km south of Baghdad), of “exclusivity” in making financial and technical decisions, many of  which serve to negate their duties to support the rights of Iraqi workers.  This led to a demand on the...
Industrialists in Sulaymaniyah Hold Iran and Turkey Responsible for Work Stoppage in the City's Factories

Industrialists in Sulaymaniyah Hold Iran and Turkey Responsible for Work Stoppage in the City’s Factories

Al-Mada Press / Sulaymaniyah  On Tuesday, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the province of Sulaymaniyah accused Iran and Turkey of flooding the local market with their products with the aim of keeping Iraq in the position of a “consumer” country. This led to the halt of work in 90% of the province’s factories....
A Solidarity Greetings from the U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR (USLAW)

A Solidarity Greetings from the U.S. LABOR AGAINST THE WAR (USLAW)

February 25, 2015 To: the Federations, Unions and Members of the Iraqi labor movement and all workers of the self-funded companies-MOI Dear Sister, Brothers, comrades in the cause of peace and justice, U.S. Labor Against the War and its 165 affiliates express our solidarity, support, admiration and respect to the tens of thousands of courageous...
Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army's Attention

Flurry of IS Attacks Divert Iraqi Army’s Attention

Al-Monitor – Mushreq Abbas Contradiction prevails in official announcements regarding the course of the battles against the Islamic State (IS) and the group’s movements on the ground. When Iraqis were expecting a Mosul liberation battle, IS rushed to send additional fighters to Anbar, Salahuddin and Kirkuk in a bid to open new fronts, with the aim...
Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

ICSSI: Suzanne DeRouen Reporters Without Borders’ (RWB) 2015 World Press Freedom Index reports that, due to the presence of Daesh and the subsequent worsening security situation as well as the government’s chokehold on the press in remaining regions still under its control, Iraq ranked 153 out of 180 countries in 2014  (down three spots from...
Iraq ... A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Iraq … A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Oday Hatem Nearly 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was supposed to bring about a transition to democracy in Iraq, all the facts on the ground today indicate that the country is moving to become a theocratic state, totally dominated by the clergy. Iraq is becoming a unique case that resembles...
Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Source: Gulf Center for Human Rights On 18 February 2015, a group of journalists was attacked by the bodyguards of Iraq’s National Security Advisor, Faleh Al-Fayad, who was attending a seminar at the Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. The attack started when one of the journalists tried to take a photo in front...
Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Foreign policy Fifteen years ago, the U.N. enshrined the idea that equality between men and women is inextricably linked with peace. It’s time to act on that. If there has been one common thread shared by the extremist movements that have captured the world’s attention in the last year, from northern Nigeria to northern Iraq,...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...