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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.
A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

A Clear Violation of Freedom of Expression in Iraqi Kurdistan!

On the morning of Sunday 31 January 2016, in front of the Kurdistan Region Parliament – Iraq, in its capital, Erbil, the leftist activist Ali Mahmoud, and 7 other well-known leftist activists, were subject to arbitrary arrest by security forces there. The activists had been demonstrating peacefully in protest against...
AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

AI Report on Northern Iraq: Banished and Dispossessed

A report by Amnesty International, Jan 20, 2016. Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes in Arab villages. Though KRG officials have tended to justify the displacement of Arab communities on grounds of...
Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

By ICSSI, Jan 31, 2016. Employees and workers of the General Company for Land Transport demonstrated on January 25 in front of their company headquarters in Baghdad, requesting that their rights be respected, and that company corruption be brought to an end (including the prompt dismissal of all those involved...
What will happen to Iraq’s Mandaeans?

What will happen to Iraq’s Mandaeans?

By Saad Salloum – Al monitor - Jan 19, 2016. BAGHDAD — Unlike other religious minorities in Iraq, Sabian Mandaeans meet their election quota by selecting members within their community for parliament and provincial councils. The community’s three bodies — the Spiritual Council, General Assembly and General Affairs Council — supervise...
The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

The Mosul Dam and the Italian Role. What are the Risks?

Press release by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, January 20th 2016. 1. Mosul Dam, the largest dam in Iraq, now the most dangerous dam in the world  Risk of the imminent collapse of the Mosul Dam must be confronted immediately. The dam, which began operation in the 1980s,...
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Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Iraq: Daesh Atrocities Fuelled by Decades of Reckless Arms Trading

Source: Amnesty International, December 2015. Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well as lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and...
Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Messy Missions: Uncoordinated Diplomacy Takes Iraqi Kurdish Political Crisis to the World

Kawa Sheikh-Abdulla Niqash – Sulaimaniya Three diplomatic missions left Iraqi Kurdistan over the last fortnight. But they only served to demonstrate the political infighting in the northern region to the rest of the world. In early December three different delegations left the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan for international destinations. The diplomatic missions had a...
Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

Choosing to Return? Prospects for Durable Solutions in Iraq

OXFAM Executive Summary – December 2015 Nearly ten months since the earliest reports of returnees in parts of the country, a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions remains. Whilst more than 415,000 individuals have returned to their place of origin since conflict has subsided, approximately 3.2 million Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq, with more expected to face...
Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI The Hague, December 2015 In a landmark case for cultural crimes, the first person charged with the destruction of cultural heritage appeared recently before the International Criminal Court (ICC), the international tribunal with the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is an alleged extremist militant accused...
The Perpetual Coma of "COP21": Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society

The Perpetual Coma of “COP21″: Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society

*Ismaeel Dawood Paris – 12/12/2015 Recent news has been dominated by the negotiations of presidents in the ongoing world climate conference in Paris, called “COP21”. The conference aims to reach a binding agreement on measures to be taken by state governments in order to cope with climate change caused by man, as a result of their...
Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Youth Camp in the Marshes of Al-Chibayish

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Youth Camp in the Marshes of Al-Chibayish

ICSSI Baghdad, 2 December 2015 For three days, Iraqi youth activists of the Save the Tigris River and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign camped in the marshes of Al-Chibayish in Al-Nasiriyah province, from 19-21 November. The goal was to get familiar with the current reality of the Marshes, and the ongoing water crisis. The participants of the camps...
Nechirvan Barzani: We Seek to Improve the Mechanisms of Application for Anti-violence Against Women Laws

Nechirvan Barzani: We Seek to Improve the Mechanisms of Application for Anti-violence Against Women Laws

ZagrosTV – Erbil On Thursday, in the capital city of Erbil, events to compact violence against women were launched with the participation of the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani. The Prime Minister of KRG read his word in the opening of the event, saying that compacting violence against women in the provinces of...
'I'll Warm Myself on Fire of Revenge': Hatred Hangs in Ruins of Iraq's Sinjar

‘I’ll Warm Myself on Fire of Revenge': Hatred Hangs in Ruins of Iraq’s Sinjar

SINJAR, IRAQ Reuters – BY ISABEL COLES The picnic tables on the mountainside overlooking the town of Sinjar are a vestige of a time when different communities lived side by side in this corner of northwestern Iraq. That was before Islamic State militants overran the area in August last year, purging its Yazidi population and...
The Parliamentary Committee for Women Adopts the Study of Shahrazad Campaign on Sexual Harassment in the Iraqi Society

The Parliamentary Committee for Women Adopts the Study of Shahrazad Campaign on Sexual Harassment in the Iraqi Society

On Tuesday, 17 Nov. 2015, the Parliamentary Committee for Women’s Affairs and the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum held a meeting on Shahrazad campaign to discuss the results and recommendations of the IWJF study on the phenomenon of harassment in the Iraqi society. MP Rehab Al-Abboudh, the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Women, explained the...
The Blighted City - The Shocking Decline of Iraq’s Oil Capital

The Blighted City – The Shocking Decline of Iraq’s Oil Capital

The Economist – Basrah WHEN not organising protests at the gates of Basra’s giant oilfields, jobless graduates spend their days playing dominoes on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab river. By night, giant gas flares light the sky and their game, partly compensating for the blackouts. “We provide the oil that powers the world, but live...
There is No Military Solution to Violent Extremism

There is No Military Solution to Violent Extremism

As a reaction to the deadly attacks by Daesh in Beirut and Paris, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative together with partners in Maghreb, Mashreq and Europe produced and disseminated the following call to action: As we mourn for Paris, our thoughts and solidarity are with all victims of terrorism and war everywhere. Our solidarity...
Three Reasons Why Some People Downplay the Risk of the Ilisu Dam on Iraq?

Three Reasons Why Some People Downplay the Risk of the Ilisu Dam on Iraq?

In this intervention, the Save the Tigris River and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign aims to review the three most important reasons why concerned Iraqi authorities downplay the risk of the Ilisu dam on Iraq, the campaign will explain its vision on all of these reasons and will put forward a proposal to counter the threat...