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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...
Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Manar al-Zubaidi, NIQASH 20.07.2017  |  Diwaniya In Iraq, working on furniture is typically a man’s job. But one independent woman in Diwaniya is reupholstering and sandpapering her way through that wooden ceiling. When Janat Mohammed’s mother died around seven months ago, she was depressed for a long time. In trying to fill up her spare time and...
Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Maaz Farhan, NIQASH, 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...
Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Al Abadi’s declaration on 9 July 2017 that Mosul had been liberated from Daesh sent waves of joy and relief throughout much of Iraq. Celebrations occurred across the country to mark the release of Mosul from the brutal and violent grip of Daesh. Since 2014, when Al Baghdadi declared a caliphate from the now destroyed...
Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

On 7 and 8 July 2017, women activists from across Iraq gathered to participate in two focus groups organized by the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum. These meetings provided participants the opportunity to meet and discuss factors affecting the protection and safety of women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Support for WHRDs is a primary concern for...
Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Report by PAX and Impunity Watch This Alert addresses worrying trends observed in current stabilisation and transitional justice efforts in Iraq. As the military campaign against ISIS in Iraq reaches a critical stage, strategies to achieve justice for victims of grave human rights abuses tend to remain selective, ill adapted to local needs and disconnected...
Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Omar al-Jaffal – Al Monitor Graffiti artists paint a wall as part of the “The Walls are not for the Clash of Clans” campaign in this image posted on Oct. 2, 2016. (photo by Facebook/The House of Iraqi Poetry) A cultural organization formed by Iraqi poets is reaching young Iraqis in university campuses, cafes and the streets. The director of the House of...