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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.
Human Right Defenders
Creating a Safe Environment for Iraqi Activists and Human Rights Defenders — an ICSSI Training in Baghdad

Creating a Safe Environment for Iraqi Activists and Human Rights Defenders — an ICSSI Training in Baghdad

Given the growing activities of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in influencing reform on human rights issues in Iraq — particularly in these times of dramatic political change and uncertainty — they continue to be exposed to vulnerability and risk (from blackmail and intimidation to systematic assassination). Civil society must provide them with maximum protection. To...
Free and Open Public Discourse in Iraqi Kurdistan is Under Threat

Free and Open Public Discourse in Iraqi Kurdistan is Under Threat

Human rights report by Christian Peacemaker Team, August 2017 (Full report can be downloaded in pdf here) Current situation surrounding Referendum on Independence The authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan have planned a referendum vote for independence of Iraqi Kurdistan from the Central Iraqi Government set to take place on September 25th, 2017. As part of its...
The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The New Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights Faces Serious Objections from Civil Society

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) The Iraqi Parliament voted on the selection of new board members for the Iraqi High Commissioner for Human Rights, ignoring objections made by civil activists and representatives of civil society on the mechanism of choice. Therefore, Iraq has elected a new Board of Commissioners not very different from...
Civil Society Demands Accountability for the Kidnapping and Torture of 7 Students in Baghdad - International Solidarity Needed Now

Civil Society Demands Accountability for the Kidnapping and Torture of 7 Students in Baghdad – International Solidarity Needed Now

Very early in the morning of May 8th, an armed group wearing civilian clothes and driving an SUV with tinted windows abducted seven university student activists from their apartment in Al-Bataween, an area of central Baghdad. The students were taken to an unknown destination. Iraqi civil society organizations responded with outrage on social networking sites...
Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

Hanaa Edwar:A Defender of Human Rights & Freedom of Expression

  GULF Center for Human Rights (Cairo, Beirut – 16 May 2017) The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Maharat Foundation, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), in cooperation with IFEX, have selected prominent human rights defender Hanaa Edwar from Iraq as the Defender of Human Rights and Freedom of Expression for...
Iraqi Activists Demand Those Who Abducted 7 Students because of their Civil Activism be Held Accountable - International Solidarity is Needed

Iraqi Activists Demand Those Who Abducted 7 Students because of their Civil Activism be Held Accountable – International Solidarity is Needed

Update: The Seven students have been released a day after they have been abducted, however, no concrete steps have been taken to hold accountable the group that kidnapped them. The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – 9 May 2017 Civil society activists in Iraq are preparing to demonstrate in the central and southern Iraqi cities of...
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...