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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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The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The inscription in 2016 of the Marshlands into the UNESCO World Heritage List was an important milestone for Iraq, which would not have been possible without strong efforts of civil society across Iraq, and involvement of communities and local authorities. This is a success story that we believe can be extended across other issues in...
Reviewing the Draft Law on Freedom of Expression in Iraq

Reviewing the Draft Law on Freedom of Expression in Iraq

The Iraqi parliament is currently working on a freedom of expression draft law. This legislation contains several articles which civil society believes would curb free speech in Iraq. The ‘Media’ working group of ‘Mesopotamian Youth’ based in Baghdad, together with the Article 38 Coalition and the Iraqi Social Forum discussed this new freedom of expression...
Swimming Expedition calls for Protection of Lake Dukan

Swimming Expedition calls for Protection of Lake Dukan

Dukan Lake in Sulaymaniyah Governorate is one of the most popular picnick spots in the Kurdistan Region. The cost to the environment however is high: picnickers leave behind rubbish,a lot of which goes directly into the lake. Others use the lake as a car washing spot, while water is being pumped to houses on the...
What's Next after Kurdish Independence Vote?

What’s Next after Kurdish Independence Vote?

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, 25 September 2017 Erbil — Defying pressure from the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran, millions of Kurds cast their ballots today in a historic referendum on long-fought Kurdish independence. Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who is leading the independence drive, exuded confidence after voting at a polling station close to the...
Iraqi Kurds Polarised as Region holds Historic Referendum on Independence

Iraqi Kurds Polarised as Region holds Historic Referendum on Independence

Martin Chulov, The Guardian, 25 September 2017 Excitement has been building in Erbil, where veteran Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is popular, but 150 miles to the east, in Sulaimaniya, it’s business as usual. Its streets bustled with Sunday shoppers. Its teahouses brimmed with men who preferred playing dominoes to talking politics. And on boulevards and...
Iraqi Activists Stand in Solidarity with the People of Hasankeyf

Iraqi Activists Stand in Solidarity with the People of Hasankeyf

In more than 15 cities across the world, on the Global Action Day for Hasankeyf (23 September), actions were organized to protest against the Ilisu Dam, the controversial dam being built on the Tigris River which will have disastrous consequences for the ancient town of Hasankeyf. Earlier this year, in the town the Zeynel Bey,...
End the Cross-Border Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan

End the Cross-Border Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan

Human rights report by Christian Peacemaker Team, September 2017 (The full report can be downloaded here in PDF) Decades of bombing along the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan and its neighboring countries of Turkey and Iran has created an ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis for the village population and migrant families inhabiting these regions. Accounts...
Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Call to “2nd Global Action Day” for Hasankeyf on 23rd September 2017!

Initiative to keep Hasankeyf Alive, 30 August 2017 We call activists, social movements, NGO’s and all others in the world to join the second global action day for the defense of Hasankeyf and the Tigris River on 23rd September 2017! It is under threat by the Ilisu Project; lets protest this one of most controversial...
Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran - A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran – A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Press statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 1 August 2017 Recently, dams have been seriously affecting the water courses of Iraq. The shared rivers of Iraq have seen decreases in water flows due to Iranian dams. In June, the Iraqi-Kurdish border region experienced large cuts in water flows of the Little...
Lessons Not Learned: Turkey's Ilisu Dam

Lessons Not Learned: Turkey’s Ilisu Dam

A report published by International Displacement Monitoring Centre, Published 18 July 2017 “Case study series dam displacement“ This series addresses a gap in awareness and knowledge about people internally displaced by dam construction. Read the full report here. The Ilisu hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river in south-east Turkey is Europe’s largest dam project under...
Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

In advance of its first annual event later this year the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF), founded in September 2016, is looking to expand its membership. The KSF is reaching out to civil society organizations and activists across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many activists, unions and CSOs would like to join the KSF, but the...
After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

This week, a group of protesters demonstrated near the Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah. Their issue: Iranian dams that have stemmed the water flows to the Kurdistan Region. The particular reason is the construction of the hydro-electric Sardasht Dam in Iran. Starting from June 23 2017 this Dam had lead to a reduction of 80% in...