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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.
List Hasankeyf and The Iraqi Marshes Now! Stop Ilisu Dam from Destroying World Heritage

List Hasankeyf and The Iraqi Marshes Now! Stop Ilisu Dam from Destroying World Heritage

Statement by Save the Tigris River Campaign, on the occasion of the thirty-ninth session of the World Heritage Committee, in the city of Bonn – Germany (June 28 – July 7, 2015)   To: The Iraqi government UNESCO Office – Iraq The Turkish government Respected members of the World Heritage...
"Narjis’ Diary", At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign

“Narjis’ Diary”, At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign

At a Recent Event of the Shahrazad Campaign, A Film by the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum titled “Narjis’ Diary” Exposed and Condemned Daesh’s Crimes Against Women. Watch it here! and Read About the Urgent Issues Discussed in the Conference. BAGHDAD On the occasion of the Iraqi Press Day Festival (June...
An invisible minority: Iraqi LGBTs need to come out

An invisible minority: Iraqi LGBTs need to come out

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI   The LGBT movement is a worldwide phenomenon. In Iraq, it is far from a movement: the LGBT community remains completely invisible. Although no data on the demographics of the LGBT community is available, a considerable number of people in Iraq are queer – whether they...
THE OTHER BAGHDAD

THE OTHER BAGHDAD

By Francesca Borri, Freelance Journalist (June 2015). We usually simplify Iraq, and its 35 million population, by splitting it into a Shia south, a Sunni centre, and a Kurdish north. Each city, yet, each area of Iraq is rather a blend of different ethnic groups and confessional communities – or...
The Mosul Crisis:  its Roots, Daesh’s Terrorist Practices, and their Impact on Women

The Mosul Crisis: its Roots, Daesh’s Terrorist Practices, and their Impact on Women

Suha Auda – Mosul Iraqi Women Journalists Forum, in cooperation with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), and Un Ponte Per Organization (UPP) Paper prepared for the hearings in the Italian Parliament, June 2015 To talk about conditions in Mosul today, ways to overcome the crisis and to address...
Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

Despite Facing Difficulties and Serious Risk, Iraqi Women Journalists Achieve Victories

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) June, 2015   While the international community continues to see Iraqi women merely as victims of violence, Iraqi women journalists tell us another story, and celebrate today a victory of their advocacy efforts. A new Iraqi Media Network Law was approved by the...
We Stand Together With Iraqi Civil Society Activists!

We Stand Together With Iraqi Civil Society Activists!

For more than 12 years of invasion, war, occupation and as yet unsuccessful attempts to rebuild the Iraqi nation – its society, culture and government – Iraqi civil society activists have campaigned for a unified and peaceful Iraq. We, in the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and members of...
The Erbil strategy meeting and the way forward for the Save the Tigris campaign

The Erbil strategy meeting and the way forward for the Save the Tigris campaign

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign/ICSSI Report of the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting (Extract). More than 20 participants, international and from all over Iraq gathered in Erbil, Iraq, from 9-12 May for the Save the Tigris Campaign’s strategy meeting. It was an important event,...
Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

BAGHDAD – May 27, 2015 The international organization, Solidarity Center, has issued a new newsletter entitled ‘Iraqi Trade Unions Bulletin’. The new bulletin includes a summary and review of the conditions of workers, and highlights the increasingly serious challenges faced by public sector workers in light of the sharp deterioration...
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Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Source: thedailybeast Despite warnings they didn’t work, Baghdad bought $85 million worth of gadgets that supposedly detect explosives. Today, two years after the British con man who sold them was jailed, Iraqi police are still waving them around. Last summer, in the days after the group now known as ISIS began its assault across Iraq, many...
Youth With #Shahrazad

Youth With #Shahrazad

Baghdad youth Camp implemented in March 2015 On the morning of Thursday, 6 March 2015, the Iraqi Social Forum opened a small youth camp called “youth with Shahrazad ”. It lasted for two days and was intended to bring young activists together to work for the protection of women’s rights in Baghdad. The 8 participants...
Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Kurdistan Region of Iraq 2020 A Vision for the Future: Water and Sanitation for a Growing Economy

Vision Water security for all, and water and sanitation services that reach every home and supply every industry. Water and Sanitation Today and in 2020  We are fortunate to have water resources throughout our Region, including such rivers as the Tigris, the Great Zab, the Little Zab, the Khabur, the Sirwan, and the Awa Sipi, along with...
IRAQ - Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

IRAQ – Mounting Deadly Danger for Journalists in Iraq

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS Reporters Without Borders is deeply worried by journalist Raed Al-Joubouri’s murder at his Baghdad home last week just days after another journalist, Thaer Alali, was publicly killed after being abducted by Islamic State. The generalized violence and impunity is making the situation of journalists very difficult in Iraq. Raed Al-Joubouri was found...
Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

Open Letter to the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign

PRESS RELEASE: May 12, 2015 Iraq faces a growing water emergency. Frequent water shortages, due to chronic mismanagement, have intensified into a complex crisis. Daesh is using Iraq’s water supply to pressure local communities. It has taken control of the water infrastructure in several locations and is using war tactics, including flooding and cutting off...
A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

A New Chapter in Iraqi-Turkish Transboundary Water Relations

Assist. Prof. Vakur Sümer, ORSAM Advisor, Selçuk University Several weeks after the resignation of previous Iraqi administration in August, Turkish President Erdoğan and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum met on September 23, 2014 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The main aim of this talk was to revitalize Iraqi-Turkish relations with the new Haider al-Abadi government of Iraq which was...
Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Erbil hosts international and Iraqi activists for the Strategy Meeting of the Save the Tigris Campaign

Prior to the Save the Tigris Campaign Strategy Meeting, 9-11 May, Erbil, Iraq The current political and security crisis in Iraq has aggravated the water crisis in Iraq. The water situation is more complex than ever. That is why the Save the Tigris Campaign redefined its vision and goals at the ICSSI Conference in Oslo...
Collective Celebration of Workers'Day in Baghdad

Collective Celebration of Workers’Day in Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative spreads the message of Iraqi unions and civil society organizations on May 1st Celebrations in 2015, and endorses the call for solidarity by U.S. Labor Against the War: Iraq’s unions need our solidarity: SOLIDARITY is the secret weapon of the labor movement We understand the power of workers standing...
Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

Focus on Iraq at the World Social Forum 2015

By Martina Pignatti Morano (Un ponte per… and ICSSI ) – April 2015. The World Social Forum has always been an important occasion for international and Iraqi activists to exchange views and plan joint actions, but the Iraqi delegation has never been as strong as this year. More than 25 Iraqi delegates came together, organizing...
GFWU in Basrah Celebrates the International Labor Day

GFWU in Basrah Celebrates the International Labor Day

In the first of May, on the sound of drums, the celebrations began in Basra on the occasion of International Labor Day at the Corniche of Basra. Representatives of the trade unions of the General Federation of Workers Union (Basra branch) and a number of women trade unionists and groups of youth and the leaders...
Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Iraq Calls for the Establishment of Strategic Projects for all Tigris and Euphrates Countries

Shafaq News On Wednesday, Iraq called for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to be the foundation of joint cooperation projects for the basin countries through strategic investment projects. As reported by Shafaq News, according to a statement by the Ministry of Water Resources the minister Mohsen Al-Shammari attended the fifth steering committee meeting of the...
Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

Civil Society Launches a Campaign to Save the Cultural Heritage of Iraq

 Baghdad \ London \ Rome \ March 29th, 2015   A group of civil society organizations and intellectuals in Iraq, hand in hand with academics, intellectuals, and other concerned international actors, have united to protect and preserve Iraq’s cultural sites and artifacts, and to serve as stewards of the nation’s great cultural heritage. Together they...