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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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Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory!

Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory!

The Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory and Takes a Step to Form a New Civil Movement Named “MUSTAMEROON” “We Are Continuing!”   The national campaign to “abolish retirement pay for members of parliament”, which was launched in late March of 2013, met its desired goal of ending...
Resolution of Anbar crisis requires security, political coordination

Resolution of Anbar crisis requires security, political coordination

Author Mushreq AbbasPosted January 3, 2014 Translator(s)Kamal Fayad Al-Monitor  When the Iraqi army marched on the Anbar desert on Dec. 22 to wage war against al-Qaeda fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border, the operation was viewed as an opportunity to restore the hope of achieving internal consensus around the necessity to fight extremism. Instead, however, it...
Investigate Violence at Protest Camp

Investigate Violence at Protest Camp

Human Rights Watch , JANUARY 4, 2014 Fighting Erupts in Anbar Province After Security Forces, Protesters Clash “The facts of the Ramadi incident are unclear, but government statements before the clashes and the deployment of the army seemed intended more to provoke violence than prevent it. Seventeen people died at Ramadi and the Iraqi authorities need...
International Solidarity with the "National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives" and with the Campaign’s Decision to Demonstrate on the 31st of August!

International Solidarity with the “National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives” and with the Campaign’s Decision to Demonstrate on the 31st of August!

Italy – August 10, 2013 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) announces its support and solidarity with the National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives, which is being promoted by Iraqi civil society leaders and organizations. The ICSSI supports the Campaign members’ right to protest and their...
Baghdad hosts the first Iraqi Social Forum and does not surrender to violence

Baghdad hosts the first Iraqi Social Forum and does not surrender to violence

ICSSI, 1st of August 2013 When they started preparations, local organizers of the Iraqi Social forum (ISF) were hoping to gather more than five thousand activists, between Iraqis and internationals (read the call for internationals) in the center of Baghdad. Their vision was to bring back, through this event, the image of civic peace and...
Is Another Iraq Possible?

Is Another Iraq Possible?

As I sit in front of my computer, reading the news about the escalation in violence in Iraq, my heart fills with sadness. According to UN reports, more than a thousand people have been killed in May. For me Iraq is not a distant, Middle East country, full of Muslim extremists. It is the place...
Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

“Darperwary bo Mamosta Sakar” –Justice for Mamosta Sakar Last week, on Monday, April 22nd, women groups demonstrated in front of Suleimaniya Court. They were protesting the release of Mamosta Sakar’s father. In a controversial case well know to the media and to most people in Kurdistan, the case of Mamosta Sakar has become an icon...
Women Rights Activists in Kurdistan: March 8th-No for Bargaining on Women's Rights

Women Rights Activists in Kurdistan: March 8th-No for Bargaining on Women’s Rights

More than 150 activists and members of civil society gathered for March 8th Celebration in Suleimaniya under the slogan of “No for bargaining on the women`s rights and issues”.   Demands of Zhiyan Group on the March 8th, International Women`s Day  To: The citizens, public opinion, media, civil society, political parties, and all concerned parties....
Human Rights Defenders in Iraq Pay the Most!

Human Rights Defenders in Iraq Pay the Most!

The Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) expresses its deep condolences to the families of the civil activists that were killed or injured in Fallujah last week, and call for immediate investigation about who was behind this criminal attack. Three civil activists from Tammuz organization- Fallujah office were killed and other 2 were badly injured...
International Women's Day in Kurdistan-A year's review

International Women’s Day in Kurdistan-A year’s review

By: Johanna Rivera, she works at ICSSI and as a volunteer for People Development Association, which is one of Zhiyan Groups members. A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. Melinda Gates Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. For the past weeks,...
Baghdadi Organizations Visit the Sit-in in Ramadi and Support Their Demands

Baghdadi Organizations Visit the Sit-in in Ramadi and Support Their Demands

Solidarity with the protests in Anbar, calls for international organizations to visit the protestors and the demonstrations are prevented from reaching  Baghdad!   A number of civil society organizations based in Baghdad announced on Monday their support for protestors’ demands in Anbar province, and confirmed their quest to form a front to pressure the government...
Symbol of Iraqi Resistance: Fallujah Revisited

Symbol of Iraqi Resistance: Fallujah Revisited

by HAIFA ZANGANA Counter Punch It took the British government five weeks to take note of the mass demonstrations in Iraq.  These started last week of 2012 and are comparable in size, energy, and peaceful nature to the protests that toppled other Arab regimes, albeit expanding mainly in the capitals of the four central Iraqi...