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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.
PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

PAX Iraq Alert: Post-ISIS peacebuilding strategy needed now

Dutch peace organisation PAX is highly concerned that there is no peacebuilding strategy to complement military operations combating ISIS. The US-led coalition against ISIS (the coalition) supports the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish Peshmerga by bombarding ISIS positions, but if the coalition wants the re-conquest of Mosul province to be...
Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Ilisu Dam Protest Close to The Dam Site!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman / Turkey – 29.03.2015 Today more than 500 people have protested the destructive Ilisu Dam project in the town of Dargecit. The demonstrators aimed at protesting at the dam site, but were prevented by the police. The protestors came from different dam affected provinces...
How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

How much longer can the water crisis be neglected?

Updating the Save Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign- March 2015 The water crisis in the Middle East region is aggravating, turning from a shortage of water resources and chronic mismanagement into a complex crisis, due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist organization Daesh has used water...
College of Education for Girls in Baghdad Protest against the Transfer of 19 Qualified Male Professors, while Security Forces Prevent Media Coverage

College of Education for Girls in Baghdad Protest against the Transfer of 19 Qualified Male Professors, while Security Forces Prevent Media Coverage

Al-Mada Press/ Baghdad On Sunday, dozens of students in the College of Education for Girls in the capital Baghdad protested against the transfer of 19 professors from their college without finding alternative instructors of the same competence. The Dean of the college threatened to stop students from entering the college...
More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians 'Hostage' in Mosul

More Travel Restrictions: Extremists Hold Civilians ‘Hostage’ in Mosul

niqash | Mosul  The Islamic State group recently re-issued rules about who could and could not leave the city they control, Mosul. Fearing that they will be used as human shields by the extremists, many people have tried to leave, using fake medical certificates and the services of people smugglers....
Employees of Foreign Oil Companies in Basrah Accuse Owners of Exclusive Decision-Making Procedures which Undermine Obligations towards Workers

Employees of Foreign Oil Companies in Basrah Accuse Owners of Exclusive Decision-Making Procedures which Undermine Obligations towards Workers

Al-Mada Press – Basrah On Tuesday, workers and trade unionists in Basra accused foreign oil companies operating in the governorate (590 km south of Baghdad), of “exclusivity” in making financial and technical decisions, many of  which serve to negate their duties to support the rights of Iraqi workers.  This led...
Will the "Shahrazad" Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

Will the “Shahrazad” Campaign Succeed in Mobilizing Public Opinion Against Underage Marriage and Sexual Harassment in Iraq?

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative February 2015   Efforts to build the “Shahrazad Campaign” began in April 2014, but this civil campaign will fully develop this year. The mobilization for “Shahrazad” was launched in direct response to the so-called “Al-Jaafari Personal Status draft law” approved by the Iraqi Council...
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Iraq ... A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Iraq … A Country in the Throes of Transformation and State Building

Oday Hatem Nearly 12 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, which was supposed to bring about a transition to democracy in Iraq, all the facts on the ground today indicate that the country is moving to become a theocratic state, totally dominated by the clergy. Iraq is becoming a unique case that resembles...
Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Iraq: Bodyguards of the National Security Advisor Attack A Group of Journalists

Source: Gulf Center for Human Rights On 18 February 2015, a group of journalists was attacked by the bodyguards of Iraq’s National Security Advisor, Faleh Al-Fayad, who was attending a seminar at the Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad. The attack started when one of the journalists tried to take a photo in front...
Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism

Foreign policy Fifteen years ago, the U.N. enshrined the idea that equality between men and women is inextricably linked with peace. It’s time to act on that. If there has been one common thread shared by the extremist movements that have captured the world’s attention in the last year, from northern Nigeria to northern Iraq,...
General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

General Company for Ports Announces the Injury of Umm Qasr Port Paralyzed due to the Petrochemicals Staff Sit-in

AlSumaria- Basrah General Company for Ports, which is based in the province of Basra announced, injuring the largest and most active Iraqi port, a port of Umm Qasr, commercial paralyzed by a sit-General Company for Industries petrochemical staff near the entrance and cutting them off the road leading to him for the second consecutive day...
Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Ilisu Dam construction site militarized!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 16.02.2015 Ilisu Dam construction site militarized With the continuation of the construction of the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Tigris River in December 2014, the dam construction site has been militarized intensely. This alarming development leads to grave political tensions and human rights...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...
Three Yazidis Women Escape from Daesh, and Tell Their Stories to Rudaw

Three Yazidis Women Escape from Daesh, and Tell Their Stories to Rudaw

Ahmed Mahmood – Rudaw Mosul Three Yazidi sisters managed to escape from the grip “Daesh” in Mosul, and after a long journey on foot, they again encountered members of Daesh who tried to bring them back to the prisons where they had previously been captive. However, they managed to escape and reach safety where they...
Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

Iraq Financial Crisis Prompts Emergency Action

By: BEN VEN HEUVELEN / Iraq Oil Report Iraq is pursuing a series of emergency measures to finance its 2015 budget, following years of poor governance and unchecked spending that led to a financial crisis now made worse by low oil prices and high military spending demands. The government is planning to indirectly borrow from the country’s...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression in Solidarity with the Sudanese Journalist Madiha Abdullah

Baghdad – Feb 10th, 2015 The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression is demanding that Sudanese authorities halt the prosecution of Madhiha Abdullah, the leftist journalist and editor-in-chief of the Sudan Communist Party Newspaper Al-Midan. Her trial does not conform to international standards of justice and human rights. It must stop. As members of the...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its axes from Latin American, where...
European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

European Union: Expansion of Violence against Women in Iraq, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Women Trafficking!

Shafaq News  The European Union congratulated Iraq on Thursday on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council’s resolution on women safety and security. although he confirmed the expansion of violence against women in the past years, after the expansion of terrorist groups to extend their influence and control...
The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

Yanar Mohammed President of the Organization of Women’s Freedom  Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway, October 2014 Currently, Iraqi women find themselves confronting challenges that are unprecedented in Iraq’s modern history. As the government and the opposition parties controlled by Islamist groups compete with each other in barbaric practices of insulting and disrespecting...