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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.
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The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

By ICSSI, May 2, 2016. On the 1st of May 2016, Baghdad looked much safer, without separation walls between the government and the Iraqi people. Those concrete walls built to protect politicians in the Green Zone, to allow them to shut eyes and ears to the legitimate requests of the people, have been torn down...
Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

By Ismaeel Dawood and Terry Kay Rockefeller (ICSSI). Dramatic events are unfolding in Baghdad on April 30, 2016: Peacefully and in collaboration with security forces, thousands of Iraqi protestors, most of them followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, have entered the Iraqi Parliament building in the Green Zone; Protesters are calling on all to protect the public...
Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, 16 March 2016 The historic town of Hasankeyf, located on the Upper Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, has been selected as one of Europe’s “7 Most Endangered” heritage sites for 2016. The announcement, which noted that Hasankeyf is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, was made today in Venice...
Honduran anti-dam activist Berta Cáceres murdered

Honduran anti-dam activist Berta Cáceres murdered

With great sadness The Save the Tigris Campaign has learned of the assassination of Honduran environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres in her home on March 3, 2016. Berta was the founder of Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) and an anti-dam activist. Earlier she had received threats against her life. According to...
Freedom of Expression is Severely Threatened: Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders are Multiplying and the Government is Powerless to Stop Them!

Freedom of Expression is Severely Threatened: Attacks on Journalists and Human Rights Defenders are Multiplying and the Government is Powerless to Stop Them!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) March 2016 With the growth of peaceful protests and demands for radical change and reform of the Iraqi government in response to rampant corruption and the failure to provide services, risks for activists, journalists, and other human rights defenders, who are the backbone of the protests, are increasing.  ...
Joint Strategy Workshop: Iraqi Social Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

Joint Strategy Workshop: Iraqi Social Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

11 to 14 February 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey For four days, from February 11 to 14, 2016, members of the ISF [Iraqi Social Forum] and the ICSSI [Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative] met in Istanbul for a joint strategy planning workshop. These civil society activists – from Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States,...
The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria stands in solidarity with Iraqi activists

The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria stands in solidarity with Iraqi activists

Dilibrin Khalil (UKSSD) – Istanbul, February 2016.   The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria and Deutschland (UKSSD) was established in 2011 following the popular revolution in which the Syrian people demanded freedoms and a more democratic government. The Union has evolved out of several student groups that were active in civil actions at the...
Iraqi unions and the opportunity to play a key role in social forums

Iraqi unions and the opportunity to play a key role in social forums

Wesam Chasib Oudah (Iraq Program Manager, Solidarity Center), February 2016. Iraqi unions and the signs of hope The load of challenges that Iraqi unions confronted and still do – such as those in administrative, organizing, legal, economic, social, and security perspectives – is obvious to everyone. But in spite of these challenges, unions were able...
A Shocking Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Nasiriyah — We Demand that the Offenders be held Accountable!   

A Shocking Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Nasiriyah — We Demand that the Offenders be held Accountable!  

Istanbul – February 2016 Statement released by the Iraqi Social Forum and The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)   On Friday, 2 February, a number of activists involved in the protest movement in the city of Nasiriyah were hit and beaten with sticks by a group of masked men during their peaceful and organized...
Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

By ICSSI, Jan 31, 2016. Employees and workers of the General Company for Land Transport demonstrated on January 25 in front of their company headquarters in Baghdad, requesting that their rights be respected, and that company corruption be brought to an end (including the prompt dismissal of all those involved in unethical practices). Following a...
The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

Press release by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, January 20th 2016. 1. Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq, now the most dangerous dam in the world  Risk of the imminent collapse of the Mosul Dam must be confronted immediately. The dam, which began operation in the 1980s, is located 35 kilometers north...
Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI The Hague, December 2015 In a landmark case for cultural crimes, the first person charged with the destruction of cultural heritage appeared recently before the International Criminal Court (ICC), the international tribunal with the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is an alleged extremist militant accused...