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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.
Freedom of Expression and Press
Reviewing the Draft Law on Freedom of Expression in Iraq

Reviewing the Draft Law on Freedom of Expression in Iraq

The Iraqi parliament is currently working on a freedom of expression draft law. This legislation contains several articles which civil society believes would curb free speech in Iraq. The ‘Media’ working group of ‘Mesopotamian Youth’ based in Baghdad, together with the Article 38 Coalition and the Iraqi Social Forum discussed this new freedom of expression...
The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

The Kurdistan Regional Government Halts Local Broadcasting of the NRT Channel

Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq 28/8/2017 The Directorate of Media, Printing and Publishing in Erbil, within the Ministry of Culture and Youth of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has stopped all local broadcasting of the NRT satellite channel. The channel said in its press release, “The Directorate announced that its decision was because the...
New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

New Draft Law Threatens Freedom of Expression on the Internet

Iraqi Women Journalist Forum and Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – 28 August 2017 On 26 August 2017, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum held a seminar in Baghdad on the draft law on internet censorship. Though no precise date has been announced, this proposed law, the ‘Informatics Crime Law’, is set to be delivered 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...
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...
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...
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...
Report "Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2016"

Report “Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2016”

  In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, freedom of expression have been violated in different ways, under the domestic laws, boundaries have been made to restrict the rights of strike and the freedom of association, centres and unions. That is why there have been many reports on human rights violations in the region. Despite of...
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...
Four Injured During Baghdad Protest About Journalist’s Abduction

Four Injured During Baghdad Protest About Journalist’s Abduction

Latest update on this news: Journalist Afrah Shawqi was released in the 3rd of January 2017 – 9 days after her abduction. Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) roundly condemns the use of violence to disperse yesterday’s demonstration in Baghdad in support of kidnapped journalist Afrah Shawqi and reminds the authorities of the urgent...