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Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Neighbourhood Tactics: Smaller Protests in Baghdad Get Bigger Results

Ibrahim Saleh, NIQASH In Iraq, the temperature this summer has often risen to higher than 50 degrees Centigrade. Meanwhile electricity – which runs air conditioning units and refrigerators – is being cut more frequently, water pumping services are interrupted and sewage overflows. The situation has driven ordinary Iraqis out of their houses and onto the...
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...
Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor, 20/07/2017 BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq is witnessing the growth of a new generation of young filmmakers, but they face serious challenges from society over the content of the films. Two young Iraqi filmmakers have been taking on forbidden subjects in their productions despite the risks involved from offending tribal customs and traditions as well as some...
Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

After three years of forced isolation from its motherland imposed by Daesh, Mosul re-emerged this June to celebrate its first Eid since liberation. Many citizens from all governorates of Iraq participated in the celebration which was part of a youth initiative called ‘Eid in Mosul’. The ‘convoy of freedom’, as organizers called the event, was...
The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

Mustafa Habib / Niqash One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap. The Sadrist movement has had a busy few months. The Iraqi political...
The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash, Niqash A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Daesh group. Since April this year a strange group of men have been touring the streets of the central Iraqi city of Fallujah. They are an art...
Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Source: Reuters Reporting by: Stephen Kalin; Editing by Paul Tait Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report...
The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

Michael Knights – Washington Institute At the symbolic level, Iran and its proxies are achieving great success in planting their flags along this contested frontier, but real control will entail the much tougher task of establishing permanent bases and logistical arrangements. The Iraq-Syria border has emerged in recent months as the hottest piece of real estate...
Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Iraq Alert: Breaking the Cycle of Division, Justice for all Iraqis

Report by PAX and Impunity Watch This Alert addresses worrying trends observed in current stabilisation and transitional justice efforts in Iraq. As the military campaign against ISIS in Iraq reaches a critical stage, strategies to achieve justice for victims of grave human rights abuses tend to remain selective, ill adapted to local needs and disconnected...
Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Omar al-Jaffal – Al Monitor Graffiti artists paint a wall as part of the “The Walls are not for the Clash of Clans” campaign in this image posted on Oct. 2, 2016. (photo by Facebook/The House of Iraqi Poetry) A cultural organization formed by Iraqi poets is reaching young Iraqis in university campuses, cafes and the streets. The director of the House of...
The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

The Popular Mobilization Forces and Iraq’s Future

Carnegie Middle East Center – Renad Mansour, Faleh A. Jabar In the fight against Daesh, Iraq’s fledgling security apparatus has fragmented into groups under, parallel to, and apart from the state. The largest organization outside direct government control is the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)—over 60,000 fighters who stepped in to secure Iraq after state forces collapsed...
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...