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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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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...
'Crashing waves' of jihadists fray soldiers' nerves in Mosul battle

‘Crashing waves’ of jihadists fray soldiers’ nerves in Mosul battle

  By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD – Reuters A week after his tank division punched through Islamic State defenses on the southeast edge of Mosul, an Iraqi army colonel says the fight to drive the militants out of their urban stronghold is turning into a nightmare. Against a well-drilled, mobile and brutally...
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...
A Lesson How To Live In Peace

A Lesson How To Live In Peace

        Afeef Mohammed – Iraq I’m from Iraq, working in the agricultural & irrigation field, got the opportunity of leaving my country for scholarship concerned with my field in Bari – Italy. Iraq is a well known wounded and continuously bleeding country due to political, religious differences; thousands of people dead and...
Women Human Rights Defenders Challenging Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan

Women Human Rights Defenders Challenging Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan

GCHR report says women human rights defenders challenging violence 2016-06-01 Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Iraqi Kurdistan face the same risks as other human rights defenders worldwide, but as women, they are also subject to gender-specific threats and violence, according to a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). The report,...
No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky – published by Niqash Non-governmental organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan are lobbying for a change in the regional law relating to their work. They say the decades-old law is preventing them from doing their job. 12.05.2016  |  Dohuk Iraqi schoolchildren with donated books and pens. (photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea) According to legal experts in the...
Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

March 2016 The Citizenship Association for Human Rights In Iraq have conducted the Fourth training on  Cyber Censorship and protecting digital information form hacking and sabotage of programs or files and information stealing. The training included nine members form media and feminist organizations, including human rights and workers in the departments of media in each...
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...
Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

ICSSI July 2015 “The league is no longer worried about its electronic archives, and we are now much batter able to communicate with our followers” This sentence summarizes the extent of the benefits realized from the emergency grant obtained by the the Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League (ASFL), an Iraqi non-governmental organization. The ASFL relaunched...
Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Shalaw Mohammed As extremists rule harshly and coalition airstrikes hit, there’s a mass exodus of civilians out of Hawija. And one of the ways they are getting out is with people smugglers on the “death road”. A few days ago Mahmoud Fathallah arrived with his family and another ten people in the northern city of...
IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative mourns the loss of Ammar, Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In the same blast our friend Emad, journalist and member of the Iraqi Social Forum Committee on behalf of IWPR, was badly injured. Emad worked with us on the Save the Tigis Campaign, he...