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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.
More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians 'Hostage' in Mosul

More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians ‘Hostage’ in Mosul

niqash | Mosul  The Islamic State group recently re-issued rules about who could and could not leave the city they control, Mosul. Fearing that they will be used as human shields by the extremists, many people have tried to leave, using fake medical certificates and the services of people smugglers....
Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Sabreen Kadhum   There is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that women working in visual, audio or print media are exposed to malicious harassment which offenders claim provides them some protection from this harassment, but is in fact a form of opportunistic and soft extortion. Unfortunately, no one wants...
General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

AlSumaria- Basrah General Company for Ports, which is based in the province of Basra announced, injuring the largest and most active Iraqi port, a port of Umm Qasr, commercial paralyzed by a sit-General Company for Industries petrochemical staff near the entrance and cutting them off the road leading to him...
Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 16.02.2015 Ilisu Dam construction site militarized With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its...
Will the "Shahrazad" Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

Will the “Shahrazad” Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative February 2015   Efforts to build the “Shahrazad Campaign” began in April 2014, but this civil campaign will fully develop this year. The mobilization for “Shahrazad” was launched in direct response to the so-called “Al-Jaafari Personal Status draft law” approved by the Iraqi Council...
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Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

By: BEN VEN HEUVELEN / Iraq Oil Report Iraq is pursuing a series of emergency measures to finance its 2015 budget, following years of poor governance and unchecked spending that led to a financial crisis now made worse by low oil prices and high military spending demands. The government is planning to indirectly borrow from the country’s...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

Baghdad – Feb 10th, 2015 The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression is demanding that Sudanese authorities halt the prosecution of Madhiha Abdullah, the leftist journalist and editor-in-chief of the Sudan Communist Party Newspaper Al-Midan. Her trial does not conform to international standards of justice and human rights. It must stop. As members of the...
European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

Shafaq News  The European Union congratulated Iraq on Thursday on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council’s resolution on women safety and security. although he confirmed the expansion of violence against women in the past years, after the expansion of terrorist groups to extend their influence and control...
The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

Yanar Mohammed President of the Organization of Women’s Freedom  Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway, October 2014 Currently, Iraqi women find themselves confronting challenges that are unprecedented in Iraq’s modern history. As the government and the opposition parties controlled by Islamist groups compete with each other in barbaric practices of insulting and disrespecting...
Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

by Quazi Baby  Quazi Baby is Executive Director of the Participatory Development Action Program, which she founded in 1996 to work on human rights, women’s and children’s rights, and the right to housing and land. At the South Asian Social Forum, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November of 2011, she organized two workshops with the...
The Sinjar Massacre: Yazidis Take Revenge Against Extremists’ Collaborators

The Sinjar Massacre: Yazidis Take Revenge Against Extremists’ Collaborators

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  As extremists from the Islamic State group are slowly driven out of northern Iraq, members of one of the groups that suffered at their hands – the Yazidis – began to take revenge on locals they say collaborated with them. This week several villages were looted and burned with...
Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines' All Spies and Traitors'

Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines’ All Spies and Traitors’

niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad  There are daily battles between pro-government forces in Iraq and the extremist Islamic State group. Trapped in the middle are locals who didn’t leave their homes for one reason or another. Besides the dangers of nearby fighting and food and fuel shortages, the locals say that both sides believe...
Statement Regarding the Crises Experienced by Iraq and the Impact on Iraqi Workers and Their Future

Statement Regarding the Crises Experienced by Iraq and the Impact on Iraqi Workers and Their Future

To all Iraqi people—to our struggling workers: Since its inception after April 2003, our association has worked hard to build an independent and strong trade union organization in order to represent workers in all sectors in Iraq, to defend their rights and interests, and to seek participation in the economic and social policy development of...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

Baghdad – Iraqi Woman Journalist’s Forum The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression participated, along with a group of media and legal NGOs, today, Sunday the 25th of January 2015, in a hearing conducted by the Cultural and Media, and the Human Rights Committees of the Iraqi Parliament. During the session, a draft of the...
Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

January 16, 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the demands of the employees of South Oil Company (SOC) to hold SOC and the British Petroleum (BP) Oil Company responsible for the recurring collisions that occur on the road of North Rumailah in Al-Rumailah field in Basra. Recently these collisions have claimed the...
Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Source: ijrda Baghdad/ Mohammed al-Jbouri   Six years elapsed , Mazin is still travelling between Iraq and Syria in search for the broker took from him 30.000 dollars to assist him travel to Europe, when his family (mother and three brothers) fled Iraq from the sectorial war of 2006. Mazin’s mother had her fears of the...
The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

17 Jan. 2015 – JFO Iraqi and Arab media institutions continue to suffer from blocking their websites inside Iraq, since the 10th of June 2014.Where security authorities withheld in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications about 20 news websites, but it unblocked most of the websites afterwards, except for the website of “AlBaghdadiya” channel “Al-Baghdadi...