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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.
Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for  Baghdad and its people

Al-Aimmah Bridge on the Tigris River: Hope for Baghdad and its people

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris Campaign participated in the “ I Have Hope”festival on the Al-Aimmah Bridge, Baghdad, May 2016 . Al-Aimmah Bridge is located on the Tigris river in Baghdad, bridging the two districts of Adhamiya (Sunni-majority) and Kadhimya (Shia majority). On 31 August 2005...
OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

OCHA Iraq: Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Urgently Need Protection and Help

Baghdad – 25 May 2016 – Press release by UNOCHA Iraq. Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in Fallujah in Iraq are at extreme risk. “We are receiving distressing reports of civilians trapped inside Fallujah who are desperate to escape to safety, but can’t,” said...
Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Briefing note from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

24 May 2016 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Iraq We urge the Iraqi Government to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad last Friday. Four...
No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky – published by Niqash Non-governmental organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan are lobbying for a change in the regional law relating to their work. They say the decades-old law is preventing them from doing their job. 12.05.2016  |  Dohuk Iraqi schoolchildren with donated books and pens. (photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea) According...
The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

The Protest in Iraq: a National, Popular and Nonviolent Movement

Baghdad, May 2016 Report on a seminar hosted by the Information Center for Research and Development, in the headquarters of the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity, Baghdad. On Saturday, the 7th of May 2016, in Baghdad the Information Center for Research and Development organized with the Iraqi Council for...
Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

Protests in Baghdad’s Green Zone Turn Deadly!

ICSSI Baghdad – May 22, 2016 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] has received devastating news from our partners on the violent repression of last Friday’s demonstrations in Baghdad. Among them, the Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq denounces that Iraqi Security forces have attacked members of the ‘Huna...
Shahrazad Services Center for Women Human Rights Defenders, Sees the Light in Baghdad

Shahrazad Services Center for Women Human Rights Defenders, Sees the Light in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) – May 2016 Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq, including female journalists, unionists and activists work with human rights organizations, contribute with a significant role in the development of human rights in Iraq. However, at the same time they are exposed to the...
Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Suspension of Ilisu Dam project demanded at Tigris River Valley symposium in Turkey

Batman, Turkey, May 2016 The ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey has for years been struggling against the destructive Ilisu Dam, currently under construction in Southeastern Turkey. The dam would not only flood Hasankeyf but in addition would lead to a huge decrease in water flows to Iraq, threatening the...
Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

Iraq: Security Challenges Do not Give Carte Blanche to Commit Human Rights Violations

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – PRESS RELEASE The daily security threats that plague the lives of Iraqi civilians must not open the door to more human rights violations, Amnesty International warned today at the end of a six-day trip to Baghdad and Erbil headed by the organization’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty. Both the...
Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

Young Grassroots Activism on the Rise in Iraq: Voices From Baghdad and Najaf

By Zahra Ali, 5 May 2016, published on Open Democracy. Through banners and slogans, grassroots groups find new, inclusive ways of being Iraqi in a country traumatised by authoritarianism, occupation and sectarian war. Last month, I returned to Iraq to both visit my family and present the findings of my doctoral...
The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

The Iraqi Intifada, a Weekend of Popular Nonviolent Upraising

By ICSSI, May 2, 2016. On the 1st of May 2016, Baghdad looked much safer, without separation walls between the government and the Iraqi people. Those concrete walls built to protect politicians in the Green Zone, to allow them to shut eyes and ears to the legitimate requests of the...
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Does Obama Have This Right?

Does Obama Have This Right?

Thomas L. Friedman – Sulaimaniya, Iraq The New York Times As one could see from President Obama’s recent interview in The Atlantic, he pretty much hates all the Middle East’s leaders including those of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iran and the Palestinians. Obama’s primary goal seems to be to get out of...
Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women's Work in Iraq's Mesopotamian Marshes

Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women’s Work in Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes

Eurek Alert As the land at the heart of the cradle of civilization dries out, an ancient culture is being lost with the unique ecosystem that sustains it For thousands of years, the marshes at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern day Iraq were an oasis of green in a dry...
After Daesh: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

After Daesh: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq’s Disputed Territory

PAX for Peace, a report of June 2015. Recently, military developments and international involvement have resulted in Daesh retreating from some areas previously under its control in Iraq. As these areas become accessible again, IDP communities struggle to return while the potential for renewed conflict remains alarmingly high. In order to understand current conflict dynamics and prepare...
Is it really a Choice or What?

Is it really a Choice or What?

An action by the Iraqi Democratic Left Movement After the fall of AlBa’ath regime, and the formation of the Occupation Governing Council led by Bremer, who smartly attempted to show that the council is presenting all the Iraqis with all their thoughts, nationalities and religious differences, he called Hameed Majeed Mousa, the Iraqi Communist Party...
The Prospect of Return between Conflict and Peace: Field Research on Conflict and Coexistence of Nineveh Components after Daesh

The Prospect of Return between Conflict and Peace: Field Research on Conflict and Coexistence of Nineveh Components after Daesh

Dana Sofi – Reform Institute for Development Erbil – March 2016 With appearance of (Daesh) in Iraq and the region, a number of ethnic and religious problems and conflicts surfaced between the various components of the area and even the historical conflicts resurfaced. After Daesh was forced to retreat from some areas of Nineveh governorate and Zumar,...
Towards Building a Regional Social Forum in the Arab Region

Towards Building a Regional Social Forum in the Arab Region

  Yahya Alhafudh* Because of the urgent need to unify all the efforts and goals, and in order to prevent the distractions and disarranging, we propose to build a regional forum that includes the countries that already involved in the Forums process, like Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as the neighboring countries...
Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Culture Despite War: Poetry Event in Basra Draws A Crowd

Waheed Ghanim – Niqash In Basra, an event last week focusing on Iraq’s female writers and poets, drew a crowd from around the country despite the ongoing security crisis. Despite hardship and security woes, poetry is alive and well in Basra – as a four-day workshop and event that drew writers, poets and publishers to...
A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

A Deadly Crossing: The Dangerous Escape Route Used by Iraqi Families Fleeing Extremist-Run Fallujah

Kamal al-Ayash – Niqash Getting from Turkey to Europe was a cakewalk compared to escaping the Islamic State-run city of Fallujah, says one Iraqi. Fleeing families must cross a reservoir, in a ten-passenger boat, on an active battlefield. “Life had become impossible in the city of Fallujah,” Hamid Abu Ziad says. “So we made up...
Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

Training for Group of Iraqi Activists on Cyber Censorship in Baghdad

March 2016 The Citizenship Association for Human Rights In Iraq have conducted the Fourth training on  Cyber Censorship and protecting digital information form hacking and sabotage of programs or files and information stealing. The training included nine members form media and feminist organizations, including human rights and workers in the departments of media in each...
Nineveh International Forum on Recovery, Stabilization and Peace

Nineveh International Forum on Recovery, Stabilization and Peace

In the late of March, an International Forum will be held to discuss the stage of rebuilding the stabilization and peace in Nineveh province, in order to get ready after the liberation from Daesh. The forum will be hosted by the Center for Peace and Human Security of the American University in Kurdistan, in Duhok-Semel,...
The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

The Picture of Ramadi from Inside: Alhmaim Expands his Influence and the Islamic Party Stick to the Front Battle

Omar Al-Shaher,  Al-Alam Newspaper The people of Ramadi didn’t expect that the same wealthy man who belongs to inveterate and wealthy family will come again to take the part of being the big player in city of Ramadi after it has been liberated form Daesh. Abd Al-Latif Alhmaim came back lately to take the control...
Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Hasankeyf Selected by Europa Nostra for 7 Most Endangered Program

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, 16 March 2016 The historic town of Hasankeyf, located on the Upper Tigris River in southeastern Turkey, has been selected as one of Europe’s “7 Most Endangered” heritage sites for 2016. The announcement, which noted that Hasankeyf is one of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, was made today in Venice...