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Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Kenneth M. Pollack Iran@SABAN A major event for Iran is barely a month away, though few in Washington seem to be paying attention. On April 30, Iraq will hold national elections. A lot is riding on these elections, including the future stability of Iraq. And that is of no small concern to Tehran, which seems...
Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held a seminar to discuss Iraq’s...

Ilisu Dam and Legal Considerations in Iraq

Policy Paper Presented to the Iraqi Government on the legal possibilities available to Iraq to respond to the threat posed by the Ilisu Dam. Author: Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Baghdad, 22-03-2014    Download the full paper here (PDF file) or read the full content below.   Contents: ILISU DAM AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to make an...
The Right to Heal Hearings

The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans who continue to struggle with...
AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme,...
Day of Action for The Tigris

Day of Action for The Tigris

The International Day of Action for Rivers By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign  On 14 March the annual International Day of Action for Rivers was celebrated all over the world. This day coincided with the second anniversary of the Save the Tigris campaign, which was founded in 2012....
Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

The Economist  by M.G and J.H.Y. | SULAYMANIYAH ON MARCH 8th, while the world celebrated International Women’s Day to recognise progress in women’s rights, two women in Iraqi Kurdistan set themselves on fire. Self-immolation as a dramatic and deadly form of protest by women is known across the Middle East, from Egypt to Pakistan. But...
Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

by HRW :Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls (Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other...
U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

  With heavy heart and renewed determination, the officers, staff, and affiliates of U.S. Labor Against the War mark the eleventh anniversary of the outbreak of the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.  For many Americans, the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 marked the end of U.S....
The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign How can Iraq safeguard its water provision from the Tigris river? This was one of the central questions at last week’s Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniah, as four water experts gathered for a panel discussion on the issue. With the opening...
Iraqi Women Among The Most Vulnerable To Sexual Harassment

Iraqi Women Among The Most Vulnerable To Sexual Harassment

Iraq is one of the worst countries in the world for women! Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), March 2014  Episodes of sexual harassment of women and girls in Iraq are increasing at a preoccupying rate, making Iraq one of the worst places in the world for women. An accurate diagnosis of the problem is...