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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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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...
Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Source: Aboun.org Chaldean Patriarch Louisl Sako has issued the following statement addressing the Iraqi leadership in the wake of the unprecedented deteriorating situation in northern Iraq: These days, our country is going through unprecedented circumstances that are the result of all that happened in Iraq from the north to the south for years and until...
International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

Each year on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, the UN invites people across the world to take part in celebrations which bring together civil society and citizens from all over the globe.  This year in Iraq, youth came together across 9 different locations for celebrations organized by the Iraqi Social Forum, its subsidiary...
ISF’s Interpretation Team Trains in Nonviolent Strategies

ISF’s Interpretation Team Trains in Nonviolent Strategies

Iraqi Social Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative On 24 – 26 September 2017, 10 volunteers from the Interpretation Team of the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) participated in a workshop on the principles and methods of nonviolence. The training was held at the ISF headquarters in Baghdad, and was led by an expert on...
From Hit to Nasiriyah: Messages of Peace on the Occasion of World Peace Day

From Hit to Nasiriyah: Messages of Peace on the Occasion of World Peace Day

Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) & Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, and in solidarity with the city of Nasiriyah, civil society volunteer teams in the city of Hit organized a special event —  a first in the city. Attended by about 35 children...
“Baghdad, the City of Peace" ... Young Iraqis Defy Violence

“Baghdad, the City of Peace” … Young Iraqis Defy Violence

Alhurra On 16 August 2017, at a park on the Tigris River, hundreds of Iraqis gathered to celebrate the seventh annual Baghdad City of Peace Carnival, in the middle of Baghdad, where violence has been a constant presence for years. “The aim of this Carnival is to change the negative image of Baghdad,” one of...
Training on the Dangers of the Iraqi Cybercrimes Draft Law

Training on the Dangers of the Iraqi Cybercrimes Draft Law

A new draft law on cybercrimes will soon be discussed in the Iraqi Parliament. Under this law it would be possible to hold anyone accountable for a simple post on social media. The working group on ‘Media’ based in Baghdad (and managed by Information Center for Research and Development together with the Iraqi Network for...
Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

The independence referendum for the Kurdistan Region reflects not just struggles with Baghdad but intra-Kurdish political rivalries that could encourage further conflict.   BY: DENISE NATALI – Carnegie Endowment The Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum, planned for September 25, reflects unresolved disputes over political authority between Baghdad and Erbil. It is embedded in the “right to...
Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives - Destruction Enters New Phase

Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives – Destruction Enters New Phase

Press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 21 August 2017   With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km...