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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.
ETHNIC CLEANSING ON HISTORIC SCALE: THE ISLAMIC STATE’S SYSTEMATIC TARGETING OF MINORITIES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

ETHNIC CLEANSING ON HISTORIC SCALE: THE ISLAMIC STATE’S SYSTEMATIC TARGETING OF MINORITIES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

Amnesty International : September 2014 The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale in northern Iraq. Amnesty International has found that the IS has systematically targeted non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities, killing or abducting hundreds, possibly thousands, and forcing more...
Veils, Gloves And Violence: New Extremist Rules See Women Disappear From Mosul’s Streets

Veils, Gloves And Violence: New Extremist Rules See Women Disappear From Mosul’s Streets

Niqash : Nawzat Shamdeen | Mosul Mosul was always a conservative city when it came to women’s rights. However the Sunni Muslim extremists who took control of the town have made it even more difficult for females. Women must now wear facial veils and gloves and may not leave their...
Iraqi Turkmen in Danger, Rescue Amerli!

Iraqi Turkmen in Danger, Rescue Amerli!

August 26, 2014 More than 16.000 civilians are trapped in the area of Amerli, in Tuz Khormatoo District of Salahaddin Province. Daaesh (ISIS) fighters put Amerli under siege and threaten to enter at any moment. Iraqi civilians from the Turkmen minority are in urgent need of protection. Urgent call by...
Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Niqash : Mustafa Habib As levels of violence increase in Iraq’s north, a new campaign in Baghdad provides some positive news. Around 70 activists have launched the campaign, Ministries Without Quotas, in an attempt to overcome sectarian and ethnic politics. Just a few days before the deadline for Iraq to...
Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court

Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court

ICSSI supports the call of the international social movement “WALK FREE” urging the United Nations Security Council to put the situation of alleged enslavement by Islamic extremists in Iraq to the International Criminal Court, for immediate investigation and prosecution of guilty parties. Together, we can help bring justice to the...
Urgent Call To Save Iraqi Minorities

Urgent Call To Save Iraqi Minorities

Appeal by Un ponte per…  August 2014 The war in Iraq may cause the extermination of the last Christian, Yazidi, Shabak and Turkmen communities remaining in the country. Since mid-June hundreds of thousands are fleeing. Un ponte per… is working since then to respond to the emergency. We have so...
Protection of Civilians in the Non International Armed Conflict in Iraq

Protection of Civilians in the Non International Armed Conflict in Iraq

Report by : United Nations Assistance Mission For Iraq (UNAMI) – Human Rights Office 5 June – 5 July 2014 Summary The non-international armed conflict that commenced in Iraq in Anbar governorate in January 2014 and has since spread to other areas of the country since the beginning of June...
Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Tuesday 15 July 2014   The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is concerned that parties involved in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria might resort to using water and its infrastructure as a weapon of war. Over the past weeks,...
Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference - Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their biannual event, in...
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One in Four Women in Central and Southern Iraq is Affected by Female Genital Mutilation, New Study Suggests!

One in Four Women in Central and Southern Iraq is Affected by Female Genital Mutilation, New Study Suggests!

Source: wadi-online A first independent study on female genital mutilation in central/southern Iraq finds that 25% of the women in these regions were subjected to this practice. The study was conducted in early 2014 in cooperation between physicians, women’s rights and civil society organizations. The researchers’ identities remain undisclosed due to securitiy concerns. 500 women in...
Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Amnesty International – after spreading evidence of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba, confirmed and expanded by a report of Human Rights Watch on mass murder of Sunni prisoners – published a new alarming report on sectarian killings and abductions by...
The Iraqi Civil Initiative is Launched by 90 Civil Society Organizations!

The Iraqi Civil Initiative is Launched by 90 Civil Society Organizations!

 11 July, 2014 In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against our country, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organizations have signed this declaration to launch the Civil Initiative under the slogan: “Achieving Civil and Societal Peace...
The Unity of Water!

The Unity of Water!

MOSCOW – Project Syndicate In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on August 17, the convention will enter into force. The fact that it took almost 50 years to draft and finally achieve the...
A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

The National Committee of the Iraqi Social Forum Baghdad 09/07/2014 Our country, Iraq, is suffering under the weight of a merciless attack which threatens our territorial integrity, seeds discord between the various sects of the Iraqi people, which cares not a bit for the safety of the people, and which shows a complete and utter...
Iraq's Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Iraq’s Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Mohammed A. Salih – Almonitor ALQOSH, Iraq — When militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State — stormed Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on June 10, Um Hanna and her extended seven-member family hastily rushed toward the safer town of Alqosh, 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the north. In Alqosh,...
ISIS, oil and war!

ISIS, oil and war!

DW – Iraq ISIS militants are selling oil from their conquered territories, further fueling tensions in the region. This has caused uncertainty on the world market, but could also lead to a drop in global oil prices. First al-Omar and now al-Tanak: The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been making...
Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Emergency Decree Also Puts Pressure on Critical Reporting JULY 3, 2014 – Human Rights Watch (Baghdad) – Iraq’s new media guidelines are so vague as to be wide open to abuse. The guidelines unjustifiably restrict freedom of the press, including by requiring pro-governmental coverage. The government-run Communications and Media Commission (CMC) issued the “mandatory” guidelines on June 18,...
U.S. Court Reinstate a Lawsuit Accusing Company Contracting with the Pentagon to Torture in Iraq!

U.S. Court Reinstate a Lawsuit Accusing Company Contracting with the Pentagon to Torture in Iraq!

BAGHDAD / YNews After a decade on Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, a U.S. appeals court reinstated a lawsuit accusing the employees of a contractor company with the defense affairs of torturing detainees at the prison. The company “CACI” based in Arlington (Virginia) is accused of abusing and torturing Iraqi detainees at the prison...

Register for the ICSSI Conference 2014 in Oslo

Following the invitation for the ICSSI Conference 2014 in Norway (Oslo, 2-4 November 2014), please fill up the following registration form. Early registration is highly recommended if you need a visa to enter Norway.
Amnesty: Extrajudicial Executions of Detainees by Government Forces and Shi’a Militias

Amnesty: Extrajudicial Executions of Detainees by Government Forces and Shi’a Militias

27 June 2014 - Amnesty Amnesty International has gathered evidence pointing to a pattern of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba. Surviving detainees and relatives of those killed gave graphic accounts that suggest Iraqi forces had carried out a series of vengeful...
USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

Statement adopted by “US Labor Against the War” Steering Committee, June 25, 2014 A majority of working people opposed the Iraq War and participated in the eight year struggle to end it. We felt great relief when the last troops departed Iraq in 2011. U.S. Labor Against the War opposes any U.S. military intervention in...