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Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Nature Based Solutions to Big Dams Can Help the Mesopotamian Region and the World

Bonn, Germany – 11 November 2017 During a session of the COP23 on “Managing water scarcity for agriculture”, the Save the Tigris campaign posed a question to Mr. Olcay Ünver, the Deputy Director of Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): “Don’t you think that it’s time to state...
Yazidis in Iraq: 'The genocide is ongoing'

Yazidis in Iraq: ‘The genocide is ongoing’

Al Jazeera by Samira Shackle 7 November 2017 Khanke camp, northern Iraq – Wahda cannot sleep. During the day, she and her husband are busy caring for their 10 daughters and two sons inside Khanke camp for displaced Iraqis, located in the country’s north. It is at night that the memories come. “I stay awake just thinking, and...
Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

There is No Alternative Better than Dialogue … No for Violence, No for Sanctions Peace and Freedom Organization Based on our absolute belief that there is no alternative better than dialogue, no path to peace, but peace itself is the way. We are calling and asking all Iraqi and Kurdish parties to return to the dialogue...
No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

Recognizing the role of civil society to promote peace, nonviolence, and respect for human rights, we call for dialogue to address the problems between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, for efforts to de-escalate tensions, and for the cessation of external interventions. Peace and partnership among Iraqi citizens of different backgrounds, especially...
Iraq’s Kurds Need to Put Democracy Before Independence

Iraq’s Kurds Need to Put Democracy Before Independence

The Washington Post, The Post’s View – Opinion Editorial Board, 6 October 2017 The leaders of Iraq’s Kurdistan region are suffering considerable consequences for their reckless staging of a referendum on independence late last month. The Iraqi government has teamed up with Turkey and Iran to impose tough sanctions, including a ban on international flights from Kurdish airports. Turkish...
UN Human Rights Chief “Appalled” at Iraq Mass Execution

UN Human Rights Chief “Appalled” at Iraq Mass Execution

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Geneva, 27 September 2017 GENEVA (27 September 2017) – The mass hanging of 42 prisoners on Sunday 24 September at Al Hoot prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah raises “massive concerns” over the country’s use of the death penalty, the UN human rights chief said...
A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

The Aley district is one of the beautiful “green lungs” of Lebanon, a charming hilly area located 15 kilometers south of Beirut. The absence of the city’s never-ending traffic, together with an explosion of trees and flowers, as well as the delicate cream color of many of the buildings in Aley — all in a typical...
Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Ibrahim Saleh, NIQASH In Iraq, the temperature this summer has often risen to higher than 50 degrees Centigrade. Meanwhile electricity – which runs air conditioning units and refrigerators – is being cut more frequently, water pumping services are interrupted and sewage overflows. The situation has driven ordinary Iraqis out of their houses and onto the...
Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

10.08.2017 – IndustriALL Trade unions in Iraq, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, are calling on the Iraqi parliament to reject a draft social security law, which would reduce social protection for thousands of people already suffering in the war-ravaged state. The proposed legislation was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on 1 August and is now...
The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) The Iraqi Parliament voted on the selection of new board members for the Iraqi High Commissioner for Human Rights, ignoring objections made by civil activists and representatives of civil society on the mechanism of choice. Therefore, Iraq has elected a new Board of Commissioners not very different from...
Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum (IWJF) organized a legal seminar as a part of the Shahrazad project on Saturday, 15 July. The seminar centered on the most recent drafts of two laws now being discussed in parliament: the Right of Access to Information law and the Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Demonstration law. The seminar drew...
Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor, 20/07/2017 BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq is witnessing the growth of a new generation of young filmmakers, but they face serious challenges from society over the content of the films. Two young Iraqi filmmakers have been taking on forbidden subjects in their productions despite the risks involved from offending tribal customs and traditions as well as some...