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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.
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...
The Trapped Yezidis in the Sinjar Mountains Represent a Humanitarian Disaster!

The Trapped Yezidis in the Sinjar Mountains Represent a Humanitarian Disaster!

The Brotherhood and Solidarity Association of Yezidi renewed their call to the whole world to intervene immediately to help the displaced and trapped Yazidis in the Sinjar Mountains. The extent and scope of their suffering represents a humanitarian disaster. A statement issued on Monday by the Association asserts that: “even...
USA: Resolution Against New Iraq War Passes House in Landslide

USA: Resolution Against New Iraq War Passes House in Landslide

Published on Friday, July 25, 2014 on CommonDreams, by Sarah Lazare. Peace campaigners say passage is important step in effort to stop immediate threat of US escalation in Iraq. The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic resolution that calls for the executive branch to attain explicit approval from Congress...
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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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...
Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

Iraqi Media Fail: Encouraging Sectarian Division, Spreading Rumors, Causing War

By Daoud al-Ali, Niqash, Baghdad – June 25, 2014 The way that the Iraqi media have covered the current crisis has left a lot to be desired. Instead of information they have spread rumours and encouraged sectarian divisions. If the country ends up with another civil war, the local media must bear some of the...
DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh - 22 June 2014

DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh – 22 June 2014

Appeal by Un ponte per… Update of June 29 – Some 70% of Christian IDPs from Qaraqosh and Karemlesh (Ninewa Region, Hamdaniya – Mosul), who recently fled to Ankawa due to fights between ISIS/ISIL forces and KRG military forces, have gone back to their homes after an appeal by the Syriac Catholic Patriarch, H.E. Iohan...
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit

HRW (Baghdad) – Analysis of photographs and satellite imagery strongly indicates that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit after seizing control of the city on June 11, 2014. The analysis suggests that ISIS killed between 160 and 190 men in at least two locations between June 11 and...
Minorities Need Protection in Ninawa Governorate: the Shabak are among the most vulnerable

Minorities Need Protection in Ninawa Governorate: the Shabak are among the most vulnerable

Statement by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), June 27, 2014 A call for the protection of minorities, and in particular, civilians from the Shabak minority in Mosul: all parties should consider Shabak neutral in terms of sectarian conflicts, and they should be given permission to enter protected areas and towns. ICSSI calls the...
Iraq’s Minorities Left between Scorpions and a Hard Place

Iraq’s Minorities Left between Scorpions and a Hard Place

Letta Tayler Published in: CNN Sunday wasn’t a good day in northern Iraq’s al-Hamdaniyah district. The previous night, Sunni extremist militants had snatched 26 Shia Turkmen from their homes. For the second week, residents had no running water and almost no electricity. The local hospital was almost out of medicine, and the doctor running the...