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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.
Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

PRESS RELEASE: May 12, 2015 Iraq faces a growing water emergency. Frequent water shortages, due to chronic mismanagement, have intensified into a complex crisis. Daesh is using Iraq’s water supply to pressure local communities. It has taken control of the water infrastructure in several locations and is using war tactics,...
Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Prior to the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting, 9-11 May, Erbil, Iraq The current political and security crisis in Iraq has aggravated the water crisis in Iraq. The water situation is more complex than ever. That is why the Save the Tigris Campaign redefined its vision and goals at...
Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

By Martina Pignatti Morano (Un ponte per… and ICSSI ) – April 2015. The World Social Forum has always been an important occasion for international and Iraqi activists to exchange views and plan joint actions, but the Iraqi delegation has never been as strong as this year. More than 25...
Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

 Baghdad \ London \ Rome \ March 29th, 2015   A group of civil society organizations and intellectuals in Iraq, hand in hand with academics, intellectuals, and other concerned international actors, have united to protect and preserve Iraq’s cultural sites and artifacts, and to serve as stewards of the nation’s...
IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

IWPR Iraq Director Killed in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative mourns the loss of Ammar, Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In the same blast our friend Emad, journalist and member of the Iraqi Social Forum Committee on behalf of IWPR, was badly injured. Emad worked with us on the...
Tolerance, Reconciliation, Law

Tolerance, Reconciliation, Law

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Hadi Aziz Ali, Judge and legal researcher. Bertrand Russell says: “The moral thing I want to say is very simple: I’d like to say that love is wisdom and hatred is imbecility. In this world...
Intolerant Tendencies in Iraqi Society

Intolerant Tendencies in Iraqi Society

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Ghailan Al-Joboori. Introduction Sectarianism and sectarian intolerance is a problem in Iraq, and one that influences many important interactions within society. In this paper we present an international framework in which to address the issue...
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Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement'

Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish ‘Secret Agreement’

niqash | Sulaymaniyah  An 18-month-old “secret agreement” between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey goes for 50 years and potentially affects national security and oil exports. Nobody knows what’s in it but critics suggest it may not have a legal leg to stand on. In November 2013 the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and neighbouring Turkey signed...
When Does a Criminal Action Become Genocide? The Yazidis' Case

When Does a Criminal Action Become Genocide? The Yazidis’ Case

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Hadi Aziz Ali, Judge and legal researcher. It took the International Criminal Court more than half a century to get to its current form. The formation of this court was based on the international heritage related to the Penal Liability...
Violence, Intolerance and the Future of Civil Peace in Iraq

Violence, Intolerance and the Future of Civil Peace in Iraq

Paper written for the Iraqi Social Forum participation in the WSF – Tunisia 2015. By Husam Salim, Ezidi Solidarity and Fraternity League.        Discrimination is an old phenomenon in Iraq, with strong social roots: it has been enhanced and spread by many factors in Iraqi society. Discrimination against religious minorities, which has existed...
Embattled Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Assistance Fund

Embattled Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Assistance Fund

“The Lifeline team heard our voice at a time when hope was dying for us to continue efforts for human rights especially for women’s rights and their empowerment in our project operation areas. Lifeline encouraged and enabled our organization’s staff to continue its mission” -Pakistani CSO representative WHAT IS LIFELINE? The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund is a consortium of 7 INGOs that...
Launching the Fifth Workshop for Investigative Journalism

Launching the Fifth Workshop for Investigative Journalism

NUIJ On Wednesday, as part of a program initiated by the National Union of Iraqi Journalists last year, the fifth workshop dedicated to the fundamentals of investigative journalism for journalists from Baghdad and the provinces of Diyala, Wasit and Qadisiyah was launched. Dr. Irada Al-Jubouri, the Director of Projects and Trainings in the National Union,...
Global Human Rights  Defenders Fund

Global Human Rights Defenders Fund

The Global Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) provides short term assistance, including emergency funds, to human rights defenders (HRDs), including journalists, who are under threat, attack, detention, prosecution, or otherwise at imminent risk due to their work. Assistance may also include protection against other forms of persecution, including slander, smear campaigns, and stigmatization, all serious...
Iraqi Army Sets Sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Iraqi Army Sets Sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Mustafa al-Kadhimi – Al-monitor On the evening of April 2, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Tikrit from the Islamic State (IS) and the raising of the Iraqi flag over the local government building. Tikrit is the first major Iraqi city to be retaken from the extremist group. IS first occupied Fallujah in January 2014 and then took Mosul...
PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

Dutch peace organisation PAX is highly concerned that there is no peacebuilding strategy to complement military operations combating ISIS. The US-led coalition against ISIS (the coalition) supports the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish Peshmerga by bombarding ISIS positions, but if the coalition wants the re-conquest of Mosul province to be a step towards a more...
Marriage Mosul-Style: Love in the Time of the "Caliphate"!

Marriage Mosul-Style: Love in the Time of the “Caliphate”!

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  Despite restrictions of life under extremist rule and an uncertain future, locals in Mosul are still getting married. In fact, rumour has it that even the leader of Daesh (the Islamic State group) recently joined them in matrimonial bliss. It has been almost ten months to the day since...
Lies and Crazy Rumours: What Iraqis Believe About the USA

Lies and Crazy Rumours: What Iraqis Believe About the USA

niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad Iraq’s security crisis has caused local media to take sides more than ever. Amid the misinformation are conspiracy theories about how the US is secretly on the extremists’ side. Problem is, a lot of Iraqis believe the stories. In the battles for hearts and minds playing out in the...
Digital Security Training

Digital Security Training

In the program planned to resume trainings on digital safety and security for the protection of software, information and data of your organizations, stored in your computers. We are pleased to inform you that the National Association of Human Rights Defense in Iraq will train some members or activists of your organization in collaboration with...
Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman / Turkey – 29.03.2015 Today more than 500 people have protested the destructive Ilisu Dam project in the town of Dargecit. The demonstrators aimed at protesting at the dam site, but were prevented by the police. The protestors came from different dam affected provinces in order to protest the...