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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.
Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion...
The Right to Heal Hearings

The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans...
Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

The Iraqi Parliament is working on a weak Labor Law and a Trade Union Law that does not respect the right of workers to organize in the public sector! BAGHDAD – March 2014 The General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW), Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), General...
Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

by HRW :Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls (Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of...
African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

Niqash - Basra  Over a million African Iraqis live in the country. Yet unlike other ethnic groups, they are not recognised as a legitimate minority, nor are they represented in Parliament. Despite some politicians’ protests that there is no racism in Iraq and that affirmative action is not necessary, activists in...
British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

Thursday, 27 February 2014 AlShafaq News A report issued by the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) , based in London warned on Thursday from the bankruptcy of Iraq in three years because of the budget deficit, which now threatens the Iraqi oil sector clearly , as the report indicated...
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Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

The Economist  by M.G and J.H.Y. | SULAYMANIYAH ON MARCH 8th, while the world celebrated International Women’s Day to recognise progress in women’s rights, two women in Iraqi Kurdistan set themselves on fire. Self-immolation as a dramatic and deadly form of protest by women is known across the Middle East, from Egypt to Pakistan. But...
The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

Security guards or militia? A statement by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association Baghdad, 22th of March, 2014 The Press Freedom Advocacy Association believes that the execution of the Director of “Radio Free Iraq”, our colleague Mohamed Bedaiwi al-Shammari, by an officer of the Iraqi presidential guard, reflects total disregard of institutions for the protection of...
A group of Basra activists celebrates the World Water Day at the Corniche of Shatt Al-Arab

A group of Basra activists celebrates the World Water Day at the Corniche of Shatt Al-Arab

Demands to establish a cell of crisis to face “Ilisu” dam Basra – March 2014 A group of civil activists in Basra, celebrated the World Water Day, on the 22 of March. activists shed light on Iraq’s water problems in general, and the water crisis in Basra in particular. They expressed their concerns over the...
Iraqi Justice Minister Presses Shiite Personal Status Law!

Iraqi Justice Minister Presses Shiite Personal Status Law!

Source: Al-monitor With great persistence, Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari has kept pushing the controversial Jaafari personal status law to the forefront. He succeeded in passing the bill in the council of ministers and sent it to parliament, amid rejection by Iraqi civil forces. It is only natural that the law became associated with the justice minister and the Virtue Party to which...
EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

The international community has tried various approaches to confront ethnic conflict in the Middle East. International bodies have usually contented themselves with just issuing statements when a human rights violation occurs, and sometimes have supported specific political parties against others. They have focused on vulnerable groups such as minorities, while their positions often neglect members...
U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

  With heavy heart and renewed determination, the officers, staff, and affiliates of U.S. Labor Against the War mark the eleventh anniversary of the outbreak of the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.  For many Americans, the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 marked the end of U.S....
The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign How can Iraq safeguard its water provision from the Tigris river? This was one of the central questions at last week’s Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniah, as four water experts gathered for a panel discussion on the issue. With the opening...
Second  Festival Of  Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

Second Festival Of Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

By Afrah Shawqi : Middle East newspaper Baghdad Iraqi journalists stressed on the importance of respecting their freedom to express their opinions and to exercise their freedoms of press, as approved by the Iraqi Constitution.  Iraqi government have to provide adequate protection for media workers, and stop interfering the work of independent media and ....
Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq!

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq!

8 March, 2014 Baghdad – Reuters About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers. The group’s protest was on International Women’s Day and a week after the cabinet voted...
Iraqi Women Among The Most Vulnerable To Sexual Harassment

Iraqi Women Among The Most Vulnerable To Sexual Harassment

Iraq is one of the worst countries in the world for women! Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), March 2014  Episodes of sexual harassment of women and girls in Iraq are increasing at a preoccupying rate, making Iraq one of the worst places in the world for women. An accurate diagnosis of the problem is...
The War In Anbar, Humanitarian Disaster And Lies!

The War In Anbar, Humanitarian Disaster And Lies!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) 4th of March 2014 It was very hard to imagine that it would turn so bad. Iraqis are at war again without any legal avail and war slogans are louder than the voice of reason and wisdom. Iraqi people wished for an end of the war era, after suffering...
Campaign to reject the sectarian Jaafari law of personal status in Iraq!

Campaign to reject the sectarian Jaafari law of personal status in Iraq!

Date: 02/03/2014 Since more than ten years, the sectarianism Islamic political parties in Iraq are seeking to impose their control and authority and laws on Iraqis, they practiced their corruption in every field of people’s life. Since the first day of their arrival to the chairs of power with the support of the U.S. occupation...