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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.
Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Nibras Almamori / Director of Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Norway – Oslo – October 2014 Despite the relative progress which was made by woman working in the media sector after the fall of the former regime — as evidenced, for instance, in radio and...
Can Iraq's Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Can Iraq’s Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Talib Hashim Jabur Executive Office of the Federation of Oil Unions Basra – Southern of Iraq Paper prepared for ICSSI conference – Oslo – Norway October/November  2014   Iraqi trade unions face difficult challenges today due to the fact that they are not now recognized by the Iraqi government, and...
Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign Following the ICSSI Conference in Oslo (27-29 October 2014)   Recently, the following article by South-Asian based journalist Amantha Perera was published. It exposes how water will be a defining issue for the world for decades to come. The issue is...
Iraqi and international civil society gather in Oslo for the 2014 ICSSI Conference

Iraqi and international civil society gather in Oslo for the 2014 ICSSI Conference

Press Statement – for immediate release (October 26 2014) For three days in the Norwegian city of Oslo, Iraqi and international activists will meet to build solidarity with civil society in Iraq, as they take part in the 2014 Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) conference from October 27-29. On...
New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

Joint Press Statement available also in French and Italian  (Rome, September 23 , 2014 ) – Far-reaching political and social reforms are essential to confront the root causes of extremism in Iraq, Iraqi and international human rights groups said today in a joint statement. On November 3rd, Iraq will undergo a...
The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

Syria & Iraq Alert I: The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS. A policy-brief published by the Dutch peace movement PAX, formerly known as IKV Pax Christi. September 22, 2014. The sudden and unforeseen expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the summer has led to...
Amnesty International Calls On New Iraqi Prime Minister to Uphold Rights!

Amnesty International Calls On New Iraqi Prime Minister to Uphold Rights!

19 September 2014 – Amnesty Amnesty International sent a letter to the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Dr Haider Al-Abadi, urging him to do his utmost to ensure human rights are protected in Iraq. The organization said it fully recognizes the immense challenges currently facing the Iraqi people and government, with most of...
Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

Online Security in the Middle East: Iraq’s Activists Bypass Govt. Blocks!

niqash | Haider Najm | Baghdad  After the Iraqi government blocked access to some websites on the Internet recently, Iraq’s online activists are fighting back. One Canadian company making a portal to bypass blockages securely says that their Iraqi users have increased so dramatically over the past few months that...
Loyalty to Sinjar

Loyalty to Sinjar

Press Release, Erbil  22.09.2014 “Loyalty to Sinjar” is an Iraqi campaign aimed at the Iraqi government, regional authorities in Kurdistan, and the UN mission in Iraq to coordinate the opening of a central location where the grave human rights violations now being committed can be documented. The killings, kidnappings and...
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Female Parliamentarians argue for active participation of women in the new government!

Female Parliamentarians argue for active participation of women in the new government!

Qurtas News / Baghdad A group of female parliamentarians argued on Thursday, the political blocs’ leaders to grant women the electoral maturity and their representation in all positions and committees for the next stage in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution. The MP Rehab Alabboudh, said at a press conference held in the parliament building, with...
Assessing Iraq’s New Government: looking for concrete solutions and realistic alternatives to the sectarian regime

Assessing Iraq’s New Government: looking for concrete solutions and realistic alternatives to the sectarian regime

ICSSI: Ismaeel Dawood September 10th 2014   Given the recent positive security and political developments, Iraqi’s are at last feeling some hope. For the first time since the crisis in Mosul in June 2014 (at which point Daaesh controlled about one third of the Iraqi territory) the Iraqi army, together with Peshmerga and tribal fighters,...
Underage and Trapped: Female Iraqi Factory Workers Need Help

Underage and Trapped: Female Iraqi Factory Workers Need Help

Al- Monitor: Wassim Bassem BABIL, Iraq — Shayma Hassan, 16, walks 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) each day to the brick factory in Bahr al-Najaf in the city of Najaf, 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad. Her hectic work day starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Along with four other women, Shayma moves...
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 than 830,000 others to flee...
Ministries without Quotas: A campaign that calls for the end a divisive and corrupt system!

Ministries without Quotas: A campaign that calls for the end a divisive and corrupt system!

Campaign activists vow to continue campaigning and will not stop at only four ministries! Baghdad – September  2014 The Ministries Without Quotas campaign held a conference on Saturday at the Hall of “Culture For All” Association, to discuss the performance of the Ministries of Education, Higher Education, Culture, and Youth and Sports under the current...
Hatred Pyramid and the Ways to Achieve Social Tolerance

Hatred Pyramid and the Ways to Achieve Social Tolerance

Tammuz Organization for Civil Development held a seminar, with the framework of the Iraqi Social Forum activities to preserve the civil peace, under the title “Hatred Pyramid and the Ways to Achieve Social Tolerance” at the TOSD headquarter in Baghdad on Sat. 23-08-2014. The symposium witnessed a broad participation of official personalities representing the Minister...
Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: "Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: “Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Al-Madaa Press / Maysan Translated by ICSSI ِAugust  27 , 2014   Residents of the Al-Majar Al-Kabeer district in the southern province of Maysan, complained on Thursday about water scarcity and about the river that passes through the district becoming a breeding ground for algae and a repository for waste. Lack of sufficient potable, clean...
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 homes unaccompanied. In one suspected...
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 the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity...
Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis Seek Safety in Turkey!

Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis Seek Safety in Turkey!

SILOPI, TURKEY – IRIN As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety. “But the voice that answered spoke in Arabic,” the 41-year-old, said, confirming his worst fears that his...
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 form its new government, around...

Assassination of a Civil Activist in Muqdadiyah

Farwell Saad Abdul Wahab Ahmed. Iraqi Al-Amal Association mourns with deep sorrow and anguish, the assassination of one of its activists, Saad Abdul Wahab Ahmed.   At 10:00 am on Monday 18th August, unknown terrorists assassinated our Colleague Saad, with silenced guns in Muqdadiyah, Diyala Provence. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends...