The Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is an advocacy initiative meant to facilitate the process of building concrete links of solidarity between international civil society organizations and the growing Iraqi civil society, through practical projects that promote human rights and support the efforts against sectarian divisions, corruption and violence. It was born out of the wide coalition that organized the biggest demonstration in world history, against the war in Iraq, in 2003, and kept on working against foreign occupation of the country, for human rights and social justice in Iraq. ICSSI implements networking and promotes communication among its members since 2009 through yearly conferences and a multi-lingual social networking platform. The first Initiative Conference was held in Velletri (Italy) in March 2009. The second was held in Paris (France) in December 2010. The third conference was in Erbil (Iraq) in October 2011. It brought together 100 international and 150 Iraqis from all over the country. Documentation for these conferences, which explains the focus of the Initiative and lists its members and partners, is available in Arabic and English on the Initiative social network.
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