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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.
Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Nibras Almamori / Director of Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Norway – Oslo – October 2014 Despite the relative progress which was made by woman working in the media sector after the fall of the former regime — as evidenced, for instance, in radio and...
Can Iraq's Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Can Iraq’s Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Talib Hashim Jabur Executive Office of the Federation of Oil Unions Basra – Southern of Iraq Paper prepared for ICSSI conference – Oslo – Norway October/November  2014   Iraqi trade unions face difficult challenges today due to the fact that they are not now recognized by the Iraqi government, and...
Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign Following the ICSSI Conference in Oslo (27-29 October 2014)   Recently, the following article by South-Asian based journalist Amantha Perera was published. It exposes how water will be a defining issue for the world for decades to come. The issue is...
Iraqi and international civil society gather in Oslo for the 2014 ICSSI Conference

Iraqi and international civil society gather in Oslo for the 2014 ICSSI Conference

Press Statement – for immediate release (October 26 2014) For three days in the Norwegian city of Oslo, Iraqi and international activists will meet to build solidarity with civil society in Iraq, as they take part in the 2014 Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) conference from October 27-29. On...
New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

Joint Press Statement available also in French and Italian  (Rome, September 23 , 2014 ) – Far-reaching political and social reforms are essential to confront the root causes of extremism in Iraq, Iraqi and international human rights groups said today in a joint statement. On November 3rd, Iraq will undergo a...
The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

Syria & Iraq Alert I: The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS. A policy-brief published by the Dutch peace movement PAX, formerly known as IKV Pax Christi. September 22, 2014. The sudden and unforeseen expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the summer has led to...
Amnesty International Calls On New Iraqi Prime Minister to Uphold Rights!

Amnesty International Calls On New Iraqi Prime Minister to Uphold Rights!

19 September 2014 – Amnesty Amnesty International sent a letter to the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Dr Haider Al-Abadi, urging him to do his utmost to ensure human rights are protected in Iraq. The organization said it fully recognizes the immense challenges currently facing the Iraqi people and government, with most of...
Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

niqash | Haider Najm | Baghdad  After the Iraqi government blocked access to some websites on the Internet recently, Iraq’s online activists are fighting back. One Canadian company making a portal to bypass blockages securely says that their Iraqi users have increased so dramatically over the past few months that...
Loyalty to Sinjar

Loyalty to Sinjar

Press Release, Erbil  22.09.2014 “Loyalty to Sinjar” is an Iraqi campaign aimed at the Iraqi government, regional authorities in Kurdistan, and the UN mission in Iraq to coordinate the opening of a central location where the grave human rights violations now being committed can be documented. The killings, kidnappings and...
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Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

By: RENAD MANSOUR, MICHAEL DAVID CLARK Source: carnegieendowment Muqtada al-Sadr, once labeled “the most dangerous man in Iraq,” now offers a potential solution to Iraq’s troubles. The scion of an influential religious family who rose by inheriting his father’s movement and building a militia after the United States toppled former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 2003,...
The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

The Freedom of Expression Draft Law Restrict Freedoms and Recreates a Dictatorship!

 Activists and Journalists Participate in a Seminar Organized by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association: Baghdad – November 15, 2014 On Saturday Nov. 15, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association conducted a discussion seminar on the freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration draft law.  A number of activists, journalists and legal experts were present. The seminar, which...
Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

Iraq’s Media Cold War: Why Arabs Don’t Understand Kurds, and Vice Versa!

niqash | Mokrayan Kawa | Erbil Although it has quite possibly never been more important, the potential for conflict and misunderstanding between Iraq’s Arab population and its Kurdish one remains high. Part of the reason for this is the lack of Arabic-language media in Iraqi Kurdistan and the lack of desire on the part of...
Amid Terror Attacks, Iraq Faces Water Crisis

Amid Terror Attacks, Iraq Faces Water Crisis

National Geographic – USA Islamic State’s assault on dams and water systems threatens Iraq’s supply, which was already squeezed by dams in Turkey and Iran. TELSKUF, Iraq—Viewed from afar, the two-mile-long Mosul Dam is an impressive sight on the flat, sunbaked northern plains. Move closer, though, and its appearance has a menacing air. The bullet-riddled...
Open Letter on Women's Rights in Iraq - Please Sign

Open Letter on Women’s Rights in Iraq – Please Sign

A campaign by the international women’s human rights organization MADRE. Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted Resolution S-22/1 sponsored by more than 100 states calling for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to dispatch an eleven-person mission to Iraq to investigate human rights violations committed by Islamic extremists—one of...
Iraq: Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi Executed by ISIS in Mosul!

Iraq: Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi Executed by ISIS in Mosul!

2014-09-23- Gulf Center For Human Rights With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the execution by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Reports confirmed that on the evening of...
Rescue the Kidnaped Women!

Rescue the Kidnaped Women!

Hereby we express our deep concern about the number of kidnaped women and girls with ISIS terrorist group whom they form the great majority from those who have been affected negatively by the armed crises. What is happening to the kidnaped women consists a clear violation of the International Human Rights Treaties, the escaped women...
Number of Iraqi Orphans, Widows Rising with Conflict!

Number of Iraqi Orphans, Widows Rising with Conflict!

Omar al-Jaffal – al-monitor Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government’s bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying...
Inside Mosul: Thousands of Students, Teachers Trapped Between Extremists And Education Ministry

Inside Mosul: Thousands of Students, Teachers Trapped Between Extremists And Education Ministry

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  Inside the extremist-occupied city of Mosul, teachers have been told to report to work and teach an extremist-formulated curriculum – or face the consequences. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, which still pays their salaries, says if they show up to work, they may be fired. Usually at...
Iraqi Women Network: Renewed Demands for Legitimate Rights of Women in New Government and Presidencies of Parliamentary Committees!

Iraqi Women Network: Renewed Demands for Legitimate Rights of Women in New Government and Presidencies of Parliamentary Committees!

Baghdad, 15 September, 2014 Iraqi Women Network, in its regular meeting held on 11/09/2014, renewed their claims to grant the legitimate rights of Iraqi women in decision-making positions, as the attendees expressed their resentment following the announcement of the new government which included only one woman a minister as and 22 male ministers and three...
Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference - Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their bi-annual event, and in partnership and with support...
After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

Al-Mada Press – Diyala The Board of Diyala province, announced on Sunday, providing funds to hire tankers to transport potable water to the residents of the district of Baladruz due to the closing the gates of water by the elements of (Daaesh), stressing that (Daaesh) are fighting in a new war called (water war) to...