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Human Right Defenders
Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

Representation of Women in Political Parties, Electoral Commission and Legislative Authorities

On 25 February 2017, Shahrazad, the Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum, the Arabica Women’s Union and the Governance Centre for Public Policies joined together to give a seminar about the political representation of women in political parties, legislative authorities, and the electoral commission. During the Seminar, conducted by the lawyer, Ms Alyaa Alhasan, speakers explaned the...
The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic: Celebrating One Year of Legal Support for WHRDs Around Iraq

The Shahrazad Legal Clinic is a unique place in Baghdad, hosted by the Iraqi Women Journalists’ Forum, where a professional lawyer offers free services to women human rights defenders (WHRDs) whose rights have been violated. The Legal Clinic helps WHRDs (female journalists, unionists, NGO workers and activists), who are exposed to threats relating to their...
Iraqi Women Journalists Discuss Challenges Faced by Women Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Basra

Iraqi Women Journalists Discuss Challenges Faced by Women Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Basra

  Iraqi journalists have held a number of gahtering in recent months to discuss the current state of their profession. This time, they headed to the city of Basra (south of Iraq) for a seminar focusing on women journalists and human rights defenders. The group demanded for authorities to create laws that protect them, ensuring...
Awat demands safety for himself and his family

Awat demands safety for himself and his family

An urgent call for action by Christian Peacemaker Team Iraq (Newletter Feb 3, 2017) that the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative endorses. Take action, send emails and post on Facebook to protect this Human Rights Defender in Sulaymaniyah, who took part in the ICSSI Conference 2017! Click here and check how Awat Hassan is a...
Women Human Rights Defender's Conditions in Iraq

Women Human Rights Defender’s Conditions in Iraq

  Baghdad On Sunday 10 December 2016, International Day of Human Rights Defenders, the Iraqi Women’s Journalist Forum and the Iraqi Women’s Network held a seminar in a cooperation with the Italian organization, Un Ponte Per, and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. The seminar was devoted to a discussion of the reality facing women...
Women Activists Meet in Baghdad to Discuss Daily Experience in Their Work as WHRDs

Women Activists Meet in Baghdad to Discuss Daily Experience in Their Work as WHRDs

Aysar Shihab- Baghdad 15 women activists and human rights defenders from different governorates of Iraq (Basra, Arbil, Dhi Qar, Salahuddin, Maysan, Muthanna, Dohuk and Kirkuk) gathered in Baghdad to participate in the fifth workshop of the Shahrazad project, which works to protect journalists and human rights defenders. The workshop was held at the Shahrazad Centre...
Four Injured During Baghdad Protest About Journalist’s Abduction

Four Injured During Baghdad Protest About Journalist’s Abduction

Latest update on this news: Journalist Afrah Shawqi was released in the 3rd of January 2017 – 9 days after her abduction. Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) roundly condemns the use of violence to disperse yesterday’s demonstration in Baghdad in support of kidnapped journalist Afrah Shawqi and reminds the authorities of the urgent...
The Reality of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq at the End Of 2016

The Reality of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq at the End Of 2016

    Nibras Al-Maamouri – Head of the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum (IWJF) Since 2003, Iraqi women have worked tirelessly to make their presence felt in the field of human rights in Iraq, but security issues and political corruption have impeded advancements of women human rights defenders, including journalists. The murder of Atwar Bahjat represents...
After Daeesh kidnap and oppression, Iraqi girls eager to get lives back

After Daeesh kidnap and oppression, Iraqi girls eager to get lives back

The first thing Iraqi teenager Afrah did when she escaped Daeesh captivity near Mosul was to remove her face veil and throw it defiantly to the ground. The ultra-hardline militants kidnapped and used Afrah, 16, her older sister Asil and 14 other family members and relatives as human shields when they withdrew from the Iraqi...
KRG: Men, Boys Fleeing Fighting Arbitrarily Detained

KRG: Men, Boys Fleeing Fighting Arbitrarily Detained

HRW(Beirut)  Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces are arbitrarily detaining men and boys ages 15 and over who are fleeing Mosul and Hawija during the offensive against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in a facility near the Debaga displaced persons camp. The men and boys fleeing from ISIS-held territory into the KRG are...
Civilians Must be  Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

Civilians Must be Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

On 18th October, Geneva Call in partnership with Un Ponte Per, Public Aid Organization and Norwegian People’s Aid, organized a conference in Dohuk on the protection of civilians during the military operations in Mosul. More than 130 representatives from civil society organizations participated in the conference, including the authorities of the Ninawa province, representatives from all religious and ethnic minorities...
Iraqi and International Expertise to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders Iraq

Iraqi and International Expertise to Protect Women Human Rights Defenders Iraq

      September 25-27, 2016 Aysar Shihab – Baghdad   The Shahrazad Centre for the Protection of Human rights Defenders and the Iraqi Journalists Forum hosted a workshop for Iraqi and Kurdish women activists from September 25-27 at their offices in Baghdad.   The workshop was attended by sixteen Iraqi women who came from Basra,...