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A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

On Thursday, 5 October 2017 at the Shakoufyan Cultural Center, the Peace Forum in Hit organized a workshop on nonviolence. The training focused on building the skills needed to carry out nonviolent campaigns aimed at peaceful coexistence as an alternative to sectarian violence in Mesopotamia. This is the first workshop in Hit since its liberation...
Creating a Safe Environment for Iraqi Activists and Human Rights Defenders — an ICSSI Training in Baghdad

Creating a Safe Environment for Iraqi Activists and Human Rights Defenders — an ICSSI Training in Baghdad

Given the growing activities of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in influencing reform on human rights issues in Iraq — particularly in these times of dramatic political change and uncertainty — they continue to be exposed to vulnerability and risk (from blackmail and intimidation to systematic assassination). Civil society must provide them with maximum protection. To...
The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq 28/8/2017 The Directorate of Media, Printing and Publishing in Erbil, within the Ministry of Culture and Youth of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has stopped all local broadcasting of the NRT satellite channel. The channel said in its press release, “The Directorate announced that its decision was because the...
Maysan's Social Forum Non-Violent Action

Maysan’s Social Forum Non-Violent Action

Salman Khairalla, 22 August 2017 In Maysan province, Amarah is often referred to as ‘the city of love and beauty’, with roots that extend back hundreds of years. Historically, it has always been home to a wide range of people of different religions and sects, yet who nevertheless lived together peacefully and harmoniously. This peaceful...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for a Regional Water Forum

Following a strategy meeting in April 2017 with river activists from Iraq, Turkey and Iran, Save the Tigris Campaign announced a regional water forum will be organized in April 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) with participants from across Mesopotamia. Preparing for this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized a training...
EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on 'A Future for Christians in Iraq'

EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on ‘A Future for Christians in Iraq’

change.org   Three years have passed since our Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people were forcibly driven out of their ancestral lands in the Nineveh Plains, when they were directly targeted and subjected to genocide by ISIS. Three years have passed and our people’s situation continious to deteriorate because of the central government of Iraq and the human rights organisations...
Tahlaya, The Iraqi Social Forum Celebrates Ramadan

Tahlaya, The Iraqi Social Forum Celebrates Ramadan

On the occasion of Ramadan, the Iraqi Social Forum held a celebration at the Burj Babel Organization in Baghdad.The evening included a number of artistic and ceremonial activities. Salman Khairallah, member of the National Committee of the ISF and one of the organizers of the event, said: “For the second year in a row, we...
The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Humat Dijlah Association held a number of meetings with local officials and activists from Dhi Qar and Nasiriyah governorates on 10 May. ISF hoped to strengthen their relationships with civil society and activists in the province, especially as the governorate suffers from a range of social and environmental issues. ISF...
Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

Humat Dijla has recently launched its working on ‘Water Rights and the Protection of Mesopotamia’s Rivers’, as part of the 3-year project ‘Mesopotamian Youth for Democratic Governance, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation’, sponsored by the EU. The group builds on the civil society coalition that was founded last March to work on water and environmental issues....
Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Activists from the Save the Tigris Campaign, Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla were invited to meet with Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al Janabi, in Baghdad. They discussed shared concerns of civil society and the government on water issues. The minister expressed his satisfaction with Iraqi youth and civil society’s interest in...
Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

Statement on Arrest of National Geographic Photographer Mathias Depardon and the Imminent Move of the Zeynel Bey Tomb

By Ercan Ayboga, Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Yesterday local sources reported that the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf, which has been encased in a concrete foundation, has now been lifted from its original foundation. According to local reports, the tomb will be moved today (Friday), the DSI (the State Hydraulic Works), which is responsible...
Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Increasingly water resources are becoming a source of conflict in the region of Mesopotamia. Rivers have become strategic assets over which states and other actors wage war: water is being used for political purposes. From its inception, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign has...