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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.
Active Nonviolence and Protests in Iraq
A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

On the morning of Sunday 31 January 2016, in front of the Kurdistan Region Parliament – Iraq, in its capital, Erbil, the leftist activist Ali Mahmoud, and 7 other well-known leftist activists, were subject to arbitrary arrest by security forces there. The activists had been demonstrating peacefully in protest against rampant corruption and the policy...
The Blighted City - The Shocking Decline of Iraq’s Oil Capital

The Blighted City – The Shocking Decline of Iraq’s Oil Capital

The Economist – Basrah WHEN not organising protests at the gates of Basra’s giant oilfields, jobless graduates spend their days playing dominoes on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab river. By night, giant gas flares light the sky and their game, partly compensating for the blackouts. “We provide the oil that powers the world, but live...
There is No Military Solution to Violent Extremism

There is No Military Solution to Violent Extremism

As a reaction to the deadly attacks by Daesh in Beirut and Paris, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative together with partners in Maghreb, Mashreq and Europe produced and disseminated the following call to action: As we mourn for Paris, our thoughts and solidarity are with all victims of terrorism and war everywhere. Our solidarity...
Extraordinary Success of the Second Session of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Extraordinary Success of the Second Session of the Iraqi Social Forum!

Press Statement – Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Baghdad – Monday, Oct 5th, 2015 The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) launched its second session at Abu Nawas Gardens in Baghdad on the 1st, 2nd, and the 3rd of October 2015, under the slogan: “Another Iraq is Possible.” The ISF, with its civil society and democratic...
A localised Approach on Consensus-building and Reconciliation in Iraq

A localised Approach on Consensus-building and Reconciliation in Iraq

The PAX Iraq Alert, a policy brief published by the Dutch peace movement PAX. September 2015 The latest popular protests in central Iraq point to a general trend of crisis in political leadership. One year since the start of the military campaign by the International Coalition against ISIS (the International Coalition), national consensus and effective...
A New Statement Emerges From Iraqi Protestors: We Will Continue Until We Achieve Our Legitimate Demands

A New Statement Emerges From Iraqi Protestors: We Will Continue Until We Achieve Our Legitimate Demands

It has been six weeks since the peaceful demonstrations in Baghdad and the Iraqi provinces began, and there has yet to be a real response from the Iraqi government, to the legitimate calls from the demonstrators to reform the political system, to hold corrupt officials accountable, and to deliver necessary services to Iraqi people. The...
Iraqis protest Corruption, Lack of Services while Politicians Blame Everyone but Themselves!

Iraqis protest Corruption, Lack of Services while Politicians Blame Everyone but Themselves!

Al Monitor – Ali Maamouri The July 16 killing of Muntazar al-Hilfi by police in al-Madina, north of Basra, during a protest for improved services was redolent of the death of Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi on Jan. 4, 2011, which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions. Hilfi’s killing led to a series of massive protests throughout the central...
Call for solidarity with Iraqi demonstrations

Call for solidarity with Iraqi demonstrations

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, August 28, 2015. Thousands of Iraqi people will take the streets of their cities today, as they do every Friday since end of July, in massive popular demonstrations that denounce corruption in the country and the political bankruptcy of the ruling sectarian political parties. In spite of the approval...
Iraq: Conflict Alert

Iraq: Conflict Alert

By International Crisis Group, Baghdad/Brussels, 24 August 2015. A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive...
Will Abadi's Reforms Work?

Will Abadi’s Reforms Work?

Mustafa Al-kadhimi – Almonitor The Iraqi parliament voted Aug. 11 to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri’s economic, political and administrative reform measures in response to the demands of the Iraqi street. These measures include doing away with the positions of vice president of the republic and deputy prime minister, ending special allocations for the...
Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

ICSSI – Baghdad, August 14, 2015 Iraqi people are demonstrating this evening against corruption in Baghdad, even if a truck bomb exploded yesterday in a busy marker killing at least 67 people and wounding 200. Many other Iraqis are taking the streets in several Iraqi cities, in spite of the reforms already approved by the...
Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

By the Iraqi Social Forum Secretariat. Baghdad – August 11, 2015. The Iraqi Council of Representatives unanimously voted today on a paper of reforms to combat corruption and government waste, that was approved by the Council of Ministers in an extraordinary session held last Sunday. This is a result of the public pressure produced in...