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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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Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

In conjunction with the World Day to Combat Child Labor, the Solidarity Center held a conference entitled, “No to Child Labor in Times of Conflict and War” at the Al-Mansour Melia Hotel on Monday 12 June 2017 in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Iraqi Social Forum. Representatives from a...
The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Humat Dijlah Association held a number of meetings with local officials and activists from Dhi Qar and Nasiriyah governorates on 10 May. ISF hoped to strengthen their relationships with civil society and activists in the province, especially as the governorate suffers from a range of social and environmental issues. ISF...
Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders: The Impact of the Security and Legal Environment

Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders: The Impact of the Security and Legal Environment

The protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) is one of the most urgent issues now facing activists and civil society organizations. More specifically, there is an increasing awareness of the need to provide security and legal frameworks capable of creating a safe working environment, one commensurate with the sensitivity of the tasks these defenders...
Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

The Humat Dijlah team*, in cooperation with the Iraqi Touch Group, recently organized a 3-day training workshop on the issue of recycling. More than 18 young men and women attended, and discussed various topics relating to waste recycling and other environmental issues, such as water conservation, pollution reduction and the over-consumption of natural resources. Some...
Iraqi Federations and Workers’ Unions Protest Draft Law

Iraqi Federations and Workers’ Unions Protest Draft Law

Basra On Friday, 26 May 2017, members of the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions [CIFWU], a coordinated network of several trade unions, held a protest in Basra.  Nonviolent protesters gathered to express their opposition to the draft trade union law, submitted by the government to parliament, claiming that it is in direct violation...
Iraq Fears Famed Marshes Could Be Pulled from World Heritage List

Iraq Fears Famed Marshes Could Be Pulled from World Heritage List

Hassan al-Shanoun, Al-Monitor The Iraqi government is committed to keeping the Mesopotamian Marshes on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in the southern part of the country, the marshes were added to UNESCO’s list in July 2016. Previously listed Iraqi World Heritage sites are the city of Ashur, the city of Hatra, the Erbil Citadel and the city of...
Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Water Activists Meet Privately with the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al-Janabi

Activists from the Save the Tigris Campaign, Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla were invited to meet with Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Hassan Al Janabi, in Baghdad. They discussed shared concerns of civil society and the government on water issues. The minister expressed his satisfaction with Iraqi youth and civil society’s interest in...
Activists Convince Parliament to Withdraw a Law on Freedom of Expression, But Iraqis’ Rights are Still Threatened!

Activists Convince Parliament to Withdraw a Law on Freedom of Expression, But Iraqis’ Rights are Still Threatened!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, 23 May 2017 Iraqi civil society activists successfully pressured the Iraqi parliament to withdraw its draft law on freedom of expression that violated the principles of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution and by international human rights conventions ratified by Iraq. In a hasty move at the beginning...
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...
No to Continued Violation of Trade Union Rights and Freedoms in Iraq

No to Continued Violation of Trade Union Rights and Freedoms in Iraq

Iraqi trade unions and federations, and members of the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions [CIFWU] issued a statement denouncing the Iraqi government’s continuing violation of the rights and freedoms of workers and trade unions. Highlights of the statement include:  Trade unions and federations rejected the Draft Law of Professional Federations and Unions due...
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...
Anti-Domestic Violence Law,  Shahrazad Seminar in Baghdad

Anti-Domestic Violence Law, Shahrazad Seminar in Baghdad

  In the forefront of the activities of Shahrazad project in its second season, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum (IWJF) organize in cooperation with the Arab Union for Specialized Women a seminar to discuss “the draft law on the reduction of domestic violence” on May 7th in Baghdad. Rajaa Abd Ali, the legal advisor of...