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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.
List Hasankeyf and The Iraqi Marshes Now! Stop Ilisu Dam from Destroying World Heritage

List Hasankeyf and The Iraqi Marshes Now! Stop Ilisu Dam from Destroying World Heritage

Statement by Save the Tigris River Campaign, on the occasion of the thirty-ninth session of the World Heritage Committee, in the city of Bonn – Germany (June 28 – July 7, 2015)   To: The Iraqi government UNESCO Office – Iraq The Turkish government Respected members of the World Heritage...
"Narjis’ Diary", At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign

“Narjis’ Diary”, At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign

At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign, A Film by the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum titled “Narjis’ Diary” Exposed and Condemned Daesh’s Crimes Against Women. Watch it here! and Read About the Urgent Issues Discussed in the Conference. BAGHDAD On the occasion of the Iraqi Press Day Festival (June...
An invisible minority: Iraqi LGBTs need to come out

An invisible minority: Iraqi LGBTs need to come out

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI   The LGBT movement is a worldwide phenomenon. In Iraq, it is far from a movement: the LGBT community remains completely invisible. Although no data on the demographics of the LGBT community is available, a considerable number of people in Iraq are queer – whether they...
THE OTHER BAGHDAD

THE OTHER BAGHDAD

By Francesca Borri, Freelance Journalist (June 2015). We usually simplify Iraq, and its 35 million population, by splitting it into a Shia south, a Sunni centre, and a Kurdish north. Each city, yet, each area of Iraq is rather a blend of different ethnic groups and confessional communities – or...
The Mosul Crisis:  its Roots, Daesh’s Terrorist Practices, and their Impact on Women

The Mosul Crisis: its Roots, Daesh’s Terrorist Practices, and their Impact on Women

Suha Auda – Mosul Iraqi Women Journalists Forum, in cooperation with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), and Un Ponte Per Organization (UPP) Paper prepared for the hearings in the Italian Parliament, June 2015 To talk about conditions in Mosul today, ways to overcome the crisis and to address...
Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) June, 2015   While the international community continues to see Iraqi women merely as victims of violence, Iraqi women journalists tell us another story, and celebrate today a victory of their advocacy efforts. A new Iraqi Media Network Law was approved by the...
We Stand Together With Iraqi Civil Society Activists!

We Stand Together With Iraqi Civil Society Activists!

For more than 12 years of invasion, war, occupation and as yet unsuccessful attempts to rebuild the Iraqi nation – its society, culture and government – Iraqi civil society activists have campaigned for a unified and peaceful Iraq. We, in the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and members of...
The Erbil strategy meeting and the way forward for the Save the Tigris campaign

The Erbil strategy meeting and the way forward for the Save the Tigris campaign

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign/ICSSI Report of the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting (Extract). More than 20 participants, international and from all over Iraq gathered in Erbil, Iraq, from 9-12 May for the Save the Tigris Campaign’s strategy meeting. It was an important event,...
Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

BAGHDAD – May 27, 2015 The international organization, Solidarity Center, has issued a new newsletter entitled ‘Iraqi Trade Unions Bulletin’. The new bulletin includes a summary and review of the conditions of workers, and highlights the increasingly serious challenges faced by public sector workers in light of the sharp deterioration...
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Ministerial Crisis Cell Arrives to the Marshes of Dhi Qar Next Week

Ministerial Crisis Cell Arrives to the Marshes of Dhi Qar Next Week

BAGHDAD / Iraqi Media Network News Center (IMN) Ministerial crisis cell of pollution problem in the marshes of southern Iraq announced that it would conduct an official visit to the marshes of Dhi Qar province next week to see the extent of the damage caused to the region because of the low levels of the...
Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it Mark Altaweel is surprised...
Action at UNESCO-WHC Session for Hasankeyf and Iraqi Marshes

Action at UNESCO-WHC Session for Hasankeyf and Iraqi Marshes

 Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Press Release, 28.06.2015 Today an action has been done in front of the annual conference opening of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO in Bonn/Germany. The participants demanded to list Hasankeyf (Turkish-Kurdistan) and the Iraqi Marshes on the World Heritage List and to stop the Ilisu Dam at the...
After ISIS: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

After ISIS: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

Executive Summery  Recently, military developments and international involvement have resulted in ISIS retreating from some areas previously under its control in Iraq. As these areas become accessible again, IDP communities struggle to return while the potential for renewed conflict remains alarmingly high. In order to understand current conflict dynamics and prepare for conflict sensitive peace building programs responding to...
UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

Source: BBC A major international agreement designed to protect cultural property during military conflict is to be finally ratified by the UK. The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq...
Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Restrictions Based on Area of Origin Prevent Safe Entry for Many Human Rights Watch – Beirut Iraqi authorities are preventing thousands of families fleeing the fighting in Ramadi from reaching safer parts of the country. The government of Iraq has primary responsibility for protecting internally displaced people and should allow those fleeing danger in Ramadi...
Significant Growth in the Phenomenon of Domestic Violence in Iraq: 90% of Victims are Women!

Significant Growth in the Phenomenon of Domestic Violence in Iraq: 90% of Victims are Women!

Shafaq News Female judges confirmed significant growth in the phenomenon of domestic violence in the country, and pointed out that 90% of cases were brought by women.  They attributed this to the deteriorating security and economic situation, which puts a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on the family. The domestic violence court complained that...
Probing Daesh’s sex Atrocities with the United Nations

Probing Daesh’s sex Atrocities with the United Nations

Middle East Eye speaks with Zainab Bangura, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, about the latest Daash crimes MEE - NEW YORK, United States A United Nations unit of sex crime investigators has probed the world’s war zones for evidence of forced marriages, slavery and mass rape since 2009. According to its head,...
The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River

The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River

Chatham House The Euphrates’ existing resource security challenges have been compounded by upheaval in Syria and Iraq. Without urgent attention, stresses on the river’s resources will add to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis created by the conflict. The Euphrates River is of critical importance for water, food and energy security in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Flowing south-east...
On the Battlefields of Antique Art

On the Battlefields of Antique Art

 In his First Newspaper Interview, Robert Hecht, The World’s Leading Dealer in Antiquities, Talks to Geraldine Norman in Defence of his Trade Independent – Geraldine Norman IN 1972 Robert Hecht bought a hatbox full of Greek vase fragments, had them glued back together and sold the resulting vase to the Metropolitan Museum in New York for...
Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdad – Al monitor Cafe Ridha Alwan in central Baghdad’s Karrada district was packed with customers, mostly intellectuals, when an explosion rang out May 2 followed by gun shots. Sirens of the ambulance and firefighter trucks were heard wailing in the streets near the blast area. People rushed to leave the cafe for fear that another car would explode, as double-car...
'We Don't Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

‘We Don’t Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

Niqash Even though the extremist group Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq, displaced minority groups are not returning home. They fear ongoing prejudice and retaliation. “We really want to go back to our village but there are no guarantees that what happened before will not happen again,” says Ismael Rasho, a Yazidi man in...