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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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A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

The Peace Forum of Anbar and The Iraqi Social Forum In the city of Ramadi, on 13 January 2018, Al-Ma’arif College hosted a Peace Forum, called “Anbar Al-Salam” (Anbar of Peace), in which 400 people took part. The festival was dedicated to teams of volunteers and organizations that are active in Ramadi and Falluja, many...
The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

By: Terry Kay Rockefeller* Civilian casualties are making headlines as we try to comprehend the true cost of liberating Mosul from Daesh.  A New York Times investigative report, “The Uncounted,” revealed the stunningly inaccurate intelligence that guided what were supposed to be targeted, strategic bombings of Daesh strongholds. The article described in detail the killing...
The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

Syria – Qamishlo There is virtually no disagreement about the need to ensure certain fundamental rights ​​to all people, such as the right to life, human dignity, basic freedoms, equality and justice. While respect for these rights is essential, exactly how they are realized must take into account the different cultures and peoples who practice...
Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

One of the main goals of the Kurdistan Social Forum has been to monitor and improve freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region. To this end, the Forum frequently publishes reports of violations and meets regularly with policymakers. It also aims to equip activists and defenders of this right with effective mechanisms to protect themselves....
Iraqi Unions Continue Struggle to End Unjust Laws Restricting Union Freedoms

Iraqi Unions Continue Struggle to End Unjust Laws Restricting Union Freedoms

Baghdad – Social and Economic Rights Path – November 2017 During its thirty-third regular session on Monday, November 20, the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted for Iraq to accede to the 1948 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (No. 87). Iraq’s accession to this Convention represents a major milestone for...
Book Launch for "Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past"

Book Launch for “Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past”

On Saturday, November 18, the Iraqi Social Forum held a book launch for Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past in conjunction with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraq in History Foundation in the Tigris Hall at Hotel Baghdad. A number of specialists in archaeology and cultural heritage were featured speakers...
Fourth Iraqi Social Forum “Rights and Peace”

Fourth Iraqi Social Forum “Rights and Peace”

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative –  December 2017 The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) continues to be one of the most valuable spaces for civil society to convene in Iraq. Its annual event from 30 November – 2 December in Baghdad was attended by over 5000 visitors, mobilizing 100 volunteers and 85 civil society organizations...
Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Participate in Save the Tigris Program of the Fourth Iraqi Social Forum!

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes – Baghdad  Less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the 4th Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, the Save the Tigris campaign is in the final stages of planning for a series of workshops and information booth at this year’s gathering of civil society from across Iraq. Save...
Urgent Call Upon the Iraqi Authorities in Baghdad and Kurdistan to Investigate The Killing of The Journalist Arkan Sharif

Urgent Call Upon the Iraqi Authorities in Baghdad and Kurdistan to Investigate The Killing of The Journalist Arkan Sharif

02 November 2017 We urgently call upon the Iraqi authorities both in Baghdad and Kurdistan to investigate the killing of journalist Arkan Sharif and to protect all journalists from future attacks. We are shocked by the news of journalist Arkan Sharif’s murder in front of his home in the city of Daquq (near Kirkuk), last...
Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

A youth panel on non-violence, organized by the Iraqi Social Forum and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Baghdad – October 2017 On 21 October, in a unique event in Baghdad, the Baghdad La-Onf group, which works closely with the Iraqi Social Forum to promote nonviolent principles and action, organized their first youth panel. The...
Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Iraqi trade unions reiterated their opposition to the draft social security law approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers earlier this year, in “The Future of Social Security in Iraq” conference. According to the trade unions, the draft law is incompatible with the Iraqi constitution and fails to meet even the minimum standards of social...
Youth of Syria Launch "We Love Qamishlo" Initiative

Youth of Syria Launch “We Love Qamishlo” Initiative

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiate (ICSSI) Qamishli (or Qamishlo), a fertile city located in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, is a place characterized by its diverse population, inhabited by a mixture of Arabs, Kurds, Syriac, Assyrians and Armenians. From this unique location, the youth initiative, “We Love Qamishlo”, was organized by Doz, a...