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

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

ICSSI contributes to launch 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”,...
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...
Baghdadi Day for Bicycles in the Center of Baghdad

Baghdadi Day for Bicycles in the Center of Baghdad

After many calls by the civil society, sports teams, artists and journalists, the Baghdadis rode their bicycles through the streets of Baghdad in the morning of Saturday, February 4, 2017 raising the slogan “I have a dream … I have a bicycle”, in order to break the social restrictions against...
World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

World Wetlands Day: what measures will be taken to safeguard the Iraqi Marshes?

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, the Ministry of Water Resources in Iraq held an official event in Baghdad, celebrating the unique value of wetlands, in particular the Iraqi Marshes. World Wetlands Day is held annually to help raise global public awareness on the value of wetlands....
In the streets of Mosul: a run for peace , organized by "Sports Against Violence"

In the streets of Mosul: a run for peace , organized by “Sports Against Violence”

  The team of Sports Against Violence, together with Iraqi authorities, organized an intiative to run for peace in the streets in the Western part of Mosul on Friday 10th of February 2017. Below is the press statement that was released prior to the run: We run for peace We...
The Youth of Heet City Raise the Slogan "Life Starts with One Step" to Reconstruct their City

The Youth of Heet City Raise the Slogan “Life Starts with One Step” to Reconstruct their City

With the starting of liberation process of Heet from Daesh, earlier last April and after achieving many successful meetings between groups of youth from heet in places of their displacement, and for their desire to work in order to bring life back to their city, the youth of the city...
Iraqi Women Journalists Meet in Basra to Discuss challenges Faced by Women Journalists and Human Rights Defenders

Iraqi Women Journalists Meet in Basra to Discuss challenges Faced by Women Journalists and Human Rights Defenders

  Iraqi journalists have been held a number of conferences and workshops in recent months to discuss the current state of their profession. This time, they headed to the city of Basra (south of Iraq) for a seminar focusing on women journalists and human rights defenders. Their united voices called...
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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,...
"Shakoufyan" festivities in the city of Heet

“Shakoufyan” festivities in the city of Heet

Under the slogan “For a more beautiful Heet” and in collaboration with “Sumerian Book House”, Shakoufyan Initiative hosted its first activity – a festival – in the city of Heet. These festivities are the first of its kind in almost a year after the liberation of the city from Daesh. Security forces and representatives from...
Founding Statement of Sport Against Violence Iraq

Founding Statement of Sport Against Violence Iraq

Baghdad – 25 December 2016 Since we believe in the values of peace and good citizenship in our country, as we want Iraq to be free and all its citizens to be equal in rights and duties, we find in sport an effective community tool to confront violence and entrench the principles of peaceful coexistence...
Report "Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2016"

Report “Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2016”

  In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, freedom of expression have been violated in different ways, under the domestic laws, boundaries have been made to restrict the rights of strike and the freedom of association, centres and unions. That is why there have been many reports on human rights violations in the region. Despite of...
Awat demands safety for himself and his family

Awat demands safety for himself and his family

An urgent call for action by Christian Peacemaker Team Iraq (Newletter Feb 3, 2017) that the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative endorses. Take action, send emails and post on Facebook to protect this Human Rights Defender in Sulaymaniyah, who took part in the ICSSI Conference 2017! Click here and check how Awat Hassan is a...
The Final Deceleration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference 2017 in Sulaimaniyah

The Final Deceleration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference 2017 in Sulaimaniyah

The Sixth Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Sulaymaniyah – Iraqi Kurdistan Region 18 January, 2017 Solidarity with Iraqi Civil Society in Its Nonviolent Struggle Against Injustice and Extremism Activists of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI], the Iraqi Social Forum [ISF], and the Kurdistan Social Forum [KSF], celebrated the big and...
The Bad Conditions of People’s Livelihood and Non-Violent Strike in KRG

The Bad Conditions of People’s Livelihood and Non-Violent Strike in KRG

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Awat Hassan Abdulla – Civil rights activist Paper presented at the ICSSI Annual Conference, 18th of January 2017, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region Beforehand, I want to say that the population of this region is almost 5 million people, more than 1, 600.000 people are employees!! In the past, people...
Social Movement in Iraq: Various Methods Aiming for A Civil State and Social Justice

Social Movement in Iraq: Various Methods Aiming for A Civil State and Social Justice

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Written by: Dr. Jassim Al-Hilfi presented by Ali Saheb in ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017 Introduction Large demonstrations began in Iraq, in February 25, 2011, and grew into a widespread mass movement by July 31, 2015. These demonstrations occurred in all provinces and districts of Iraq, and...
We Are Part of a Global Struggle: Building International Solidarity

We Are Part of a Global Struggle: Building International Solidarity

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Nonviolent, Civil-Society Organizing in the U.S. and Opportunities for Solidarity with Iraq   Terry Kay Rockefeller September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows   Paper presented at the ICSSI Annual Conference, 18th of January 2017, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region   Let me start by saying a little about myself. On...
The Civil and Nonviolent Alternative to the Current Military Response to DAESH

The Civil and Nonviolent Alternative to the Current Military Response to DAESH

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی By Martina Pignatti Morano, President, Un ponte per… www.unponteper.it Paper presented in ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017 When the Mosul offensive really started, back in March 2016, people in the West did not realize it. When it escalated into the Battle of Mosul, in October, journalists called...
Lessons from Sulaymaniyah on International Solidarity

Lessons from Sulaymaniyah on International Solidarity

  بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Ismaeel Dawood  – Paper presented at the opening session of ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017   Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, I would like to start this speech on behalf of myself, and on behalf of ICSSI and all the attendees, with words of greetings and...