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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.
The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives...
Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Six Iraqi trade unions affiliated with the Unions Conference gathered in a meeting held on Thursday, March 16. The unions focused in their discussions on the Social Security Law and the Freedoms of Association Law, as well as the issue of Iraq’s accession to the International Labor Convention No. 87...
Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Shahrazad Race to Break Community Chains on Iraqi Women .. Stems from Baghdad

Baraa Mohammed Because she is not only the society, but the mother, the sister and the friend, and in order to challenge all circumstances and do not stop by any excuse, and for spreading a message to demand for women rights and to prove her right to exist and stand...
The Celebration of International Women's Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

The Celebration of International Women’s Day in Iraq at Shahrazad Festival

Several activities have been organized in March 2017 in Baghdad by the Iraqi Social Forum celebrating the International Women’s Day and aimed at supporting Iraqi women and strengthening their position in society. Worker Women’s Rights in The New Iraqi Labor Law In cooperation with the Solidarity Center the Iraqi Social...
The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

Halabja .. An Iraqi tragedy that calls on our common humanity BAGHDAD, March 2017 Civil society activists from various organizations in Baghdad — Sawtona, La-Onf of Baghdad, and the Iraqi Social Forum — gathered for a moment of silent remembrance of the massacre in Halabja 29 years ago on Thursday,...
Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

On 25 February 2017, Shahrazad, the Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum, the Arabica Women’s Union and the Governance Centre for Public Policies joined together to give a seminar about the political representation of women in political parties, legislative authorities, and the electoral commission. During the Seminar, conducted by the lawyer, Ms...
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Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Shooting For Political Stardom: Iraq’s Controversial Militias Fail To Agree On Unified Electoral Positions

Leaders of the militias at a press conference in Najaf late last year. Source: Militias Mustafa Habib / Niqash For some time now it has been clear that Iraq’s Shiite Muslim militias have political ambitions. The militias were formed by volunteers in 2014 in order to fight the extremist group known as Daesh, but have...
He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

Dashty Ali – Niqash Tribal traditions around marriage in northern Iraq prevent young people from marrying outside the social group; it’s both the root and the symptom of an ancient tribal class system.   Although Iraqi Kurdish cities may appear relatively liberal, there is still a kind of class war going in in many parts...
Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

Open Letter to Bresser Eurasia and Er-Bu İnşaat

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq+++ Movement for the Protection of Aracthos River, Greece +++ Ecological collective of Irakleio, Greece +++ Friends of the Earth, Greece...
a Workshop on The Principles of Voluntary Work Organized by Mashhoofna Team in Dhi Qar

a Workshop on The Principles of Voluntary Work Organized by Mashhoofna Team in Dhi Qar

Mashhoofna team who represents an important and promising part of the experience of the Iraqi Social Forum in Southern Iraq and specifically in Dhi Qar province organized a workshop in partnership with the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) about the principles of voluntary work, on Friday, 3rd of March in Dhi Qar. This workshop was part...
Unions Demand Russia's LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

Unions Demand Russia’s LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

The General Union for Workers in the Oil and Gas (GFWIU), subsidiary of the General Federation of Workers Unions in Iraq, has condemned of the dismissal of a large  number of Iraqi workers in Russia’s oil company LUKoil, which is developing the West Qurna oil fields in Basra governorate. This condemnation was issued in a...
The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic is a unique place in Baghdad, hosted by the Iraqi Women Journalists’ Forum, where a professional lawyer offers free services to women human rights defenders (WHRDs) whose rights have been violated. The Legal Clinic helps WHRDs (female journalists, unionists, NGO workers and activists), who are exposed to threats relating to their...
The Condition of Workers' Rights and Freedom of Labor Union in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

The Condition of Workers’ Rights and Freedom of Labor Union in Kurdistan Region and Iraq

“Workers’ Rights and Freedom of Association” is a joint project run by PFOK and NPA in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The project, which has an implementation period of four years, began in July 2016. A number of researchers from PFOK have conducted a study of the project between July and December of 2016. By...
Water as a Force for Peace

Water as a Force for Peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water...
Protests in Iranian city where "Everything is covered in brown dust"

Protests in Iranian city where “Everything is covered in brown dust”

TEHRAN — Days of protests over dust storms, power failures and government mismanagement in one of Iran’s most oil-rich cities subsided on Sunday after security forces declared all demonstrations illegal. Residents of Ahvaz, a city with a majority Arab population near the border with Iraq, had been protesting for five days in increasingly large gatherings,...
Drafting a New Social Security Law for Iraq

Drafting a New Social Security Law for Iraq

Iraq is in need of legislation that provides real social security guarantees for workers and employees. The Iraqi government is currently drafting a new social security law without proper consultation of civil society. To discuss the adoption of such law, trade unions, teachers and social security experts gathered in a seminar organized by the Iraqi...
ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV)

ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV)

ICSSI contributes to the launch of the Observatory to Prevent Extremist Violence (OPEV) and invites its members to join the platform and sign the Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean civil society to Prevent Extremist Violence From January 28th to 30th, Barcelona hosted the conference “Towards a new paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, involving 322 people...
Tahrir Square Martyrs: the Martyrs of Continuous Nonviolent Iraqi Struggle

Tahrir Square Martyrs: the Martyrs of Continuous Nonviolent Iraqi Struggle

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – February 20, 2017  On Saturday February 11, Baghdad, the capital of Iraq witnessed peaceful demonstrations following calls by the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. Thousands of demonstrators and supporters of al-Sadr together with many other civilians headed off from Tahrir Square. They were unified in demanding reform of the...