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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 Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

The Iraqi Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

Ali Sahib- Coordinator of the ISF A paper prepared for the NSF- held in Oslo- Norway Nov. 2014 Origins Given the difficulties which Iraq has gone through, and continues to endure today — caused by the accumulated burden of dictatorship and occupation, the repeated failures of government due to the...
Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Journalist Saadoon Mohsen Damed Madarik Foundation Testimony submitted for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November  2014   Introduction: Talking about freedom of expression, particularly about the challenges the media is facing in Iraq, after the so-called “Collapse of Mosul” on 10 June 2014, might seem a kind of luxury, as...
Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Husam Salim Ezidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November 2014 On 3 and 7 August 2014, respectively, the towns of Sinjar and Ba’shiqa (where the majority of the inhabitants are Yazidi) fell under the control of Daesh. As a result, tens...
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...
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...
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Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Mushreq Abbas – al-monitor Who represents Iraq’s Sunnis? Iraqis have not answered this incredibly sensitive question. The danger of being unable to clearly answer this question is directly related to the war on the Islamic State (IS), as well as the efforts of the Iraqi government, US troops and the international community to support the fighters tasked...
Kurdistan's Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

Kurdistan’s Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

niqash | Alaa Latif | Sulaymaniyah When a woman leaves a shelter for battered women in Iraqi Kurdistan, her family often has to sign a pledge guaranteeing the woman’s safety. This is because of the prevalence of honour killings in the region. But apparently the pledges, signed before a judge, are not working. So women’s...
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...
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 the agenda are the challenges...
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...
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 formal review of its human...
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 a dramatic shift on the...
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...
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 the north-western areas of the...
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 they’re having trouble keeping up....