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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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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...
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...
Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Maaz Farhan, NIQASH, 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...
After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

This week, a group of protesters demonstrated near the Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah. Their issue: Iranian dams that have stemmed the water flows to the Kurdistan Region. The particular reason is the construction of the hydro-electric Sardasht Dam in Iran. Starting from June 23 2017 this Dam had lead to a reduction of 80% in...
The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

The Border Wetlands of Iran-Iraq: an Environmental Crisis with Regional Consequences

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign For years experts have warned of the destructive impact of Iran’s policies of river flow alterations on the southeastern provinces of Iraq. In 2012 the UK-based International Centre of Development Studies in a report argued the environmental effects will be huge, and even Iranian officials...
Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

Protest against Bresser at its Dutch Headquarters: Withdraw from Relocation of Hasankeyf Monuments

+++ DEM-NED (Council of Communities from Kurdistan in Netherlands) +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkish-Kurdistan +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Humat Dijla, Iraq +++ Mountain Watch, Iran +++ BankTrack, NL ++++ CounterCurrent, Germany +++ The Corner House, UK +++ Press...
When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

Paper prepared prior to the 2017 meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, 2-12 July 2017. The International NGO Forum on World Heritage takes place in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting and will present cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their safeguarding and management,...
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 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

Humat Dijla has recently launched its working on ‘Water Rights and the Protection of Mesopotamia’s Rivers’, as part of the 3-year project ‘Mesopotamian Youth for Democratic Governance, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation’, sponsored by the EU. The group builds on the civil society coalition that was founded last March to work on water and environmental issues....
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...