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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.
Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

ICSSI July 2015 “The league is no longer worried about its electronic archives, and we are now much batter able to communicate with our followers” This sentence summarizes the extent of the benefits realized from the emergency grant obtained by the the Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League (ASFL), an Iraqi...
Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

By Osamah Golpy – Rudaw HALABJA, Halabja province – A new peace organization in Halabja is overcoming linguistic differences to promote tolerance and cultural exchange between local residents and the refugee communities that have flooded the area. The NWE, or “New” in Kurdish, organization, which advocates for human rights and...
Is Maliki making a comeback?

Is Maliki making a comeback?

Ali Mamouri Al-Monitor While serving his second term as prime minister in February 2011, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told AFP he did not aspire to serve a third term. He averred that “the premier who has a program, and is efficient, does not need more than eight years to...
Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Shalaw Mohammed As extremists rule harshly and coalition airstrikes hit, there’s a mass exodus of civilians out of Hawija. And one of the ways they are getting out is with people smugglers on the “death road”. A few days ago Mahmoud Fathallah arrived with his family and another ten people...
Will Iraq find political allies against Ilisu Dam in Turkey?

Will Iraq find political allies against Ilisu Dam in Turkey?

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign/ICSSI   Although the construction of Ilisu Dam is nearing its completion, the situation for the residents in the town of Hasankeyf – set to be flooded once the dam is in operation – is as unclear as ever. Recently, a...
UN Report on Iraq: Widespread Human Rights Violations and Killing of Civilians Continue Unabated

UN Report on Iraq: Widespread Human Rights Violations and Killing of Civilians Continue Unabated

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (13 July 2015) – A UN report released Monday shows that the conflict in Iraq continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 15,000 killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014. Widespread human rights violations and massive displacement continue unabated throughout the country. The report, compiled...
No to Harassment, No to Tribal Fusliya!  Iraqi Women Want Their Rights and Freedom!

No to Harassment, No to Tribal Fusliya! Iraqi Women Want Their Rights and Freedom!

Updates on #Shahrazad Campaign – July 2015 Protecting displaced and refugee women from harassment  A forum on the subject of sexual harassment was conducted at the “Bahrakah” Refugee Camp in Erbil. Twenty displaced women participated in the discussions, which focused on defining the types of harassment that women are experiencing....
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...
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Alternatives to War: Eight Things the US Should do Regarding Daesh

Alternatives to War: Eight Things the US Should do Regarding Daesh

By Phyllis Bennis (IPS), 17 March 2015. When it comes to dealing with US policy towards ISIS, there are two critical understandings. One requires rejecting George W. Bush’s post-9/11 claim that the only choice was “we either go to war, or we let ‘em get away with it.” That was not the only choice for...
Amount of Water in the Central Marshes and Al-Hammar Marshes East of Nasiriyah Declines to Less than 25%

Amount of Water in the Central Marshes and Al-Hammar Marshes East of Nasiriyah Declines to Less than 25%

Al-Mada Press / Dhi Qar The Center for the Restoration of Iraqi Marshes in Dhi Qar province disclosed on Saturday the rate of decline of the water in the Central and Al-Hammar Marshes (90 km east of Nasiriyah). It shrinked to less than 25%, while submerged areas during the past year accounted for 65% of...
Dominican Monk Saves 800 Manuscripts at Risk from Daesh across Kurdistan

Dominican Monk Saves 800 Manuscripts at Risk from Daesh across Kurdistan

Shafaq News Nothing concerned Dominican Iraqi monk Najib Michael from the Dominican Fathers Church in Paris more than saving his manuscripts before Daesh terrorists reached them in Mosul and Qaraqosh. Michael’s attempt to smuggle 800 manuscripts to Kurdistan Region coincided with Daesh’s control of the ancient Syrian city Palmyra, which raised fears for the city’s...
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...
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 Committee We write to you...
"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 13, 2015), one year after...
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 openly identify as such or...
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 of Iraqis who see their...
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...