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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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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...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

Preparations are underway to organize the Regional Water Forum at the beginning of next year, scheduled to be held in Iraq. For this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized training on 6-7 August 2017 entitled, “How to use water as a means of building peace”. The training was given in cooperation with...
Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

Iraqi Unions Urge Parliament to Reject Social Security Bill

10.08.2017 – IndustriALL Trade unions in Iraq, including IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, are calling on the Iraqi parliament to reject a draft social security law, which would reduce social protection for thousands of people already suffering in the war-ravaged state. The proposed legislation was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on 1 August and is now...
The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 10, 2017 Najaf | Baghdad  On 14-15 July 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for 13 young volunteers in Najaf. The training resulted in the formation of an organized volunteer platform: the Social Forum in Najaf. The volunteers who attended the training belong to...
The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

Joint statement for immediate release The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) and the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) Baghdad – 9 Aug 2017 [If, after reading the following statement, your organization would like to support Iraqi Unions in their opposition to this draft law, please consider sending a message to the Head of the Iraqi...
A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

A Camp by Sports Against Violence Brings Together Iraqi Youth

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 3, 2017 From 18-20 July, youth gathered in Dokan, Sulaymaniya, to participate in a camp put on by the Sports Against Violence team, in cooperation with the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF). The camp aimed to strengthen and expand communication and collaboration between civil society groups, NGOs...
Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran - A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Equal Water Shares for the Peoples of Iraq and Iran – A Call for Collaboration to Preserve the Shared Rivers!

Press statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 1 August 2017 Recently, dams have been seriously affecting the water courses of Iraq. The shared rivers of Iraq have seen decreases in water flows due to Iranian dams. In June, the Iraqi-Kurdish border region experienced large cuts in water flows of the Little...
Lessons Not Learned: Turkey's Ilisu Dam

Lessons Not Learned: Turkey’s Ilisu Dam

A report published by International Displacement Monitoring Centre, Published 18 July 2017 “Case study series dam displacement“ This series addresses a gap in awareness and knowledge about people internally displaced by dam construction. Read the full report here. The Ilisu hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river in south-east Turkey is Europe’s largest dam project under...
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...
Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

Freedom of Expression and Access to Information: The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Works to Promote Essential Rights

The Iraqi Women Journalists Forum (IWJF) organized a legal seminar as a part of the Shahrazad project on Saturday, 15 July. The seminar centered on the most recent drafts of two laws now being discussed in parliament: the Right of Access to Information law and the Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Demonstration law. The seminar drew...
Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

Newly-Founded Kurdistan Social Forum is Offering Legal Support to Activists

In advance of its first annual event later this year the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF), founded in September 2016, is looking to expand its membership. The KSF is reaching out to civil society organizations and activists across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many activists, unions and CSOs would like to join the KSF, but the...
Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Manar al-Zubaidi, NIQASH 20.07.2017  |  Diwaniya In Iraq, working on furniture is typically a man’s job. But one independent woman in Diwaniya is reupholstering and sandpapering her way through that wooden ceiling. When Janat Mohammed’s mother died around seven months ago, she was depressed for a long time. In trying to fill up her spare time and...