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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
Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

24 May 2016 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Iraq We urge the Iraqi Government to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad last Friday. Four protestors were killed and up...
The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

Baghdad, May 2016 Report on a seminar hosted by the Information Center for Research and Development, in the headquarters of the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity, Baghdad. On Saturday, the 7th of May 2016, in Baghdad the Information Center for Research and Development organized with the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity a seminar...
Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

ICSSI Baghdad – May 22, 2016 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] has received devastating news from our partners on the violent repression of last Friday’s demonstrations in Baghdad. Among them, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq denounces that Iraqi Security forces have attacked members of the ‘Huna Baghdad’ Satellite Channel who were...
Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

By Zahra Ali, 5 May 2016, published on Open Democracy. Through banners and slogans, grassroots groups find new, inclusive ways of being Iraqi in a country traumatised by authoritarianism, occupation and sectarian war. Last month, I returned to Iraq to both visit my family and present the findings of my doctoral thesis on women’s political activism...
The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

By ICSSI, May 2, 2016. On the 1st of May 2016, Baghdad looked much safer, without separation walls between the government and the Iraqi people. Those concrete walls built to protect politicians in the Green Zone, to allow them to shut eyes and ears to the legitimate requests of the people, have been torn down...
Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

By Ismaeel Dawood and Terry Kay Rockefeller (ICSSI). Dramatic events are unfolding in Baghdad on April 30, 2016: Peacefully and in collaboration with security forces, thousands of Iraqi protestors, most of them followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, have entered the Iraqi Parliament building in the Green Zone; Protesters are calling on all to protect the public...
The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria stands in solidarity with Iraqi activists

The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria stands in solidarity with Iraqi activists

Dilibrin Khalil (UKSSD) – Istanbul, February 2016.   The Union of Kurdish Students in Syria and Deutschland (UKSSD) was established in 2011 following the popular revolution in which the Syrian people demanded freedoms and a more democratic government. The Union has evolved out of several student groups that were active in civil actions at the...
A Shocking Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Nasiriyah — We Demand that the Offenders be held Accountable!   

A Shocking Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Nasiriyah — We Demand that the Offenders be held Accountable!  

Istanbul – February 2016 Statement released by the Iraqi Social Forum and The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)   On Friday, 2 February, a number of activists involved in the protest movement in the city of Nasiriyah were hit and beaten with sticks by a group of masked men during their peaceful and organized...
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...