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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 Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

A Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity initiative (ICSSI) Al Amara, Maysan On 1 May 2018, as a part of “Our Heritage Campaign” activities, the Maysan Social Forum held a special training about the risks that face the natural and cultural heritage in Maysan province. Salman...
Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Washington Institute – Michael Knights The emerging vote tallies are just the beginning of government formation in Iraq, and they indicate a need to focus on U.S. principles, not specific outcomes. Despite an evidently strong showing by Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon alliance in Iraq’s May 12 vote, “hot takes” are particularly useless...
The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) As part of the effort to develop capacities in youth from cities participating in the “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia” project, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for the peace forums in Falluja and Ramadi on...
The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

The Reality of Freedom of Press and Expression in the Kurdistan Region in 2018 So Far

World Press Freedom Day – 3rd May , 2018 The Media Working Group of the Kurdistan Social Forum conducted a semi-Conference in Sulaymaniyah City on this day with the participation of 25 people: CSOs, journalists, independent human rights activists, one MP, stakeholder representatives and university teachers. A panel analyzed data...
Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

Youth from Kut Create a New Local Forum: “We Are Wasit”

  By the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative – 19 May 2018 As a part of the project “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia and Middle East”, local forums made up of civil society groups, volunteers and activists have emerged in several Iraqi cities overlooking on the Tigris and Euphrates...
Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

Years of Civil Society Protest Bring Change to Iraq

By the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – May 18, 2019. Forming a government, following the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq, will take time, but there is now hope for significant change and reform. The strong showing of the Saeroun Lil-Islah (“Marching for Reform”) alliance, which won 55 seats 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....
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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...
Iraq Establishes National Oil Company

Iraq Establishes National Oil Company

Al-monitor By Adnan Abu Zeed The Iraqi parliament voted March 5 on the National Oil Company draft law, which regulates oil production and exports and fairly distributes its revenues to the different regions of Iraq. The clauses of the law stipulate that a percentage of oil imports be divided to Iraqis residing in the country as well as...
Kurdistan Social Forum Fully Supports the Protests of Teachers and Public Employees

Kurdistan Social Forum Fully Supports the Protests of Teachers and Public Employees

Statement by the Kurdistan Social Forum on the recent protests in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq The people of the Kurdistan Region have been suffering from the neo-liberalism economic system in the region and facing a hardship in every aspects of life. The KRG has cut their salaries to half and yet it does not...
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...
First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

ICSSI Secretariat – March 2018 Under the slogan “Love, Coexistence, Peace”, the Najaf Social Forum held its first festival on 9 February 2018. The festival, which was held in the Palace of Culture, was attended by youth and families and through its various activities, portrayed the city as one of diversity, harmonious coexistence and peace. The...
Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality

Iraq Without Rivers: Disaster Becomes a Reality

Humat Dijlah – Iraqi member organization of Save the Tigris Campaign From 19 – 26 January 2018, in six different Iraqi cities, young activists and environmentalists organized art exhibitions in response to the tragic drought caused by low water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The activists aimed to bring needed attention to the...
A Festival of Love and Peace in the City of Diwaniyah

A Festival of Love and Peace in the City of Diwaniyah

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On 14 February 2018, the Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum held its first annual festival at Al-Hurriyah Family Park in downtown Diwaniyah. The approximately 750-1000 men, women and children from Diwaniyah who attended enjoyed artistic events, a bazaar of handicrafts and food,...
The Iraqi Social Forum Holds its Third Annual Strategic Meeting in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum Holds its Third Annual Strategic Meeting in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On Saturday, 3 February 2018, the Iraqi Social Forum held its third annual strategic meeting in Baghdad. It was attended by members of the different bodies that compose this complex and rich social process: the ISF National Committee with all its NGOs,...
The Long Road Home: Achieving durable solutions to displacement in Iraq - lessons from returns in Anbar

The Long Road Home: Achieving durable solutions to displacement in Iraq – lessons from returns in Anbar

Report from: Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee. (To download the full version of the report click here) In December 2017, after three years of conflict which displaced 5.8 million people, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group (ISIS). As Coalition-backed Iraqi forces slowly regained territory, many people...
Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

By Human Rights Watch – Feb 25, 2018 (Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS- Daesh) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security...
New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

New Report addresses pollution of the Tigris River in Baghdad

Statement by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, 27 February 2018 A new report has been published by Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign on the impact of Tigris River pollution in Baghdad, which is reaching a peak levels today. The water quality of the Tigris River, lifeline of the city, has deteriorated...
The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

ICSSI Secretariat – December 2017 The activities of the first season of the Peace Forum in Hit began on 22 December 2017. This marked the culmination of the coordinated efforts of a number of voluntary organizations which came together to establish a joint space where groups could exchange ideas and unify their visions broadly aimed...