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Fostering Citizenship Through Media: Journalists As Peacebuilders

Fostering Citizenship Through Media: Journalists As Peacebuilders

Media is essential in order to foster a sense of citizenship in Iraq. The working group on IDPs and Minorities, which is part of the Iraqi Social Forum and lead by Masarat Foundation for Cultural and Information Development, delivered two series of workshops for journalists on how to report on issues related to minorities and...
Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Iraq: Women and Children with Perceived ties to Daesh Denied Aid, Sexually Exploited and Trapped in Camps

Amnesty International April 2018 Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group “Daesh”, are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report. The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh. The dancing was part of...
Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

  By Kawa Hassan – Eastwest On January 18, the EastWest Institute and the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) hosted a closed roundtable discussion with Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, Chairman of the Iraqi Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations (REFAATO), and Mr. Ramon Belcua, the European Union Ambassador to Iraq. The round table...
Presenting the different “components” of the Kurdistan Region

Presenting the different “components” of the Kurdistan Region

The working group on minorities and IDPs, lead by Al Mesalla Organization and one of the main paths of the Kurdistan Social Forum have founded a solid network of activists from various backgrounds who are campaigning to create more awareness on the contributions of different religious minority groups to Kurdish and Iraqi society. Having inhabited...
Yazidis in Iraq: 'The genocide is ongoing'

Yazidis in Iraq: ‘The genocide is ongoing’

Al Jazeera by Samira Shackle 7 November 2017 Khanke camp, northern Iraq – Wahda cannot sleep. During the day, she and her husband are busy caring for their 10 daughters and two sons inside Khanke camp for displaced Iraqis, located in the country’s north. It is at night that the memories come. “I stay awake just thinking, and...
EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on 'A Future for Christians in Iraq'

EU: Boycott the so-called international conference on ‘A Future for Christians in Iraq’

change.org   Three years have passed since our Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people were forcibly driven out of their ancestral lands in the Nineveh Plains, when they were directly targeted and subjected to genocide by ISIS. Three years have passed and our people’s situation continious to deteriorate because of the central government of Iraq and the human rights organisations...
Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Unmagical Mountain   Maha Yahya – Carnegie Middle East Center On January 2, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shut down the offices of Yazda, a non-governmental organization in Dohuk that provides vital support to vulnerable Yezidis who fled Daesh in 2014. The closure of Yazda reignited concerns among the Yezidi community about their future under the...
IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

ACN Malta During Holy Week the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon  held a 140 kilometer Peace March  “open to Christians and Muslims”, to ask for the gift of peace and an end to all violence in the Middle East. The route started in Ankawa (suburb of Erbil) and ended in  Alqosh, a city abandoned by its...
Iraq's Muslims Celebrate Christmas in Solidarity with Christians

Iraq’s Muslims Celebrate Christmas in Solidarity with Christians

BAGHDAD — AlMonitor With every year, Christmas in Baghdad is marked with more festivities than the year before. Is this merely a celebration of joy or a deep expression of solidarity with the threatened Christian minority? Commercial streets such Karada, al-Mansour, Palestine and Zaytouna are adorned with Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Zawraa park in the...
Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis

Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis

Human Rights Watch – Belkis Wille Closure Comes as Humanitarian Needs in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan Soar Yesterday, a prominent nongovernmental organization supporting the Yezidi religious minority said it was shut down by security officers from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The organization, called Yazda, is located in the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of...
Do Minorities Have Role in Iraqi National Reconciliation?

Do Minorities Have Role in Iraqi National Reconciliation?

BAGHDAD — Al-Monitor By: Saad Salloum The national settlement document, which put forward a project for national reconciliation, is facing some difficulties that seriously threaten the possibility of establishing this project. The main issue is that this national settlement is limited to the large groups in Iraq — Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds — while it excludes civil...