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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.
Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

Broad Social Partnership Formed to Combat Child Labor in Iraq

In conjunction with the World Day to Combat Child Labor, the Solidarity Center held a conference entitled, “No to Child Labor in Times of Conflict and War” at the Al-Mansour Melia Hotel on Monday 12 June 2017 in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Iraqi...
The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum on a Working Tour in Southern Iraq

The Iraqi Social Forum and the Humat Dijlah Association held a number of meetings with local officials and activists from Dhi Qar and Nasiriyah governorates on 10 May. ISF hoped to strengthen their relationships with civil society and activists in the province, especially as the governorate suffers from a range of...
Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders: The Impact of the Security and Legal Environment

Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders: The Impact of the Security and Legal Environment

The protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) is one of the most urgent issues now facing activists and civil society organizations. More specifically, there is an increasing awareness of the need to provide security and legal frameworks capable of creating a safe working environment, one commensurate with the sensitivity...
Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

Protecting the Environment through Collaboration and Creative Recycling: A Workshop by Humat Dijlah

The Humat Dijlah team*, in cooperation with the Iraqi Touch Group, recently organized a 3-day training workshop on the issue of recycling. More than 18 young men and women attended, and discussed various topics relating to waste recycling and other environmental issues, such as water conservation, pollution reduction and the...
Iraqi Federations and Workers’ Unions Protest Draft Law

Iraqi Federations and Workers’ Unions Protest Draft Law

Basra On Friday, 26 May 2017, members of the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions [CIFWU], a coordinated network of several trade unions, held a protest in Basra.  Nonviolent protesters gathered to express their opposition to the draft trade union law, submitted by the government to parliament, claiming that...
Iraqi Youth for Social and Political Change Receive Support from the European Commission

Iraqi Youth for Social and Political Change Receive Support from the European Commission

ICSSI has recently started an ambitious new 3-year project to empower youth in civil society to build strategies for non-violence and co-existence in Iraq. Funded by the European Commission, the project aims to build coalitions between civil society groups in order to promote social, cultural and political change. To strengthen...
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How Can Iraq Address Child Abuse and Torture?

How Can Iraq Address Child Abuse and Torture?

Almonitor – Sara Alqaher Child abuse has become an increasingly widespread phenomenon in Iraq, with social networking sites playing a major role in detecting any of the abuse and torture cases. On April 10, the Human Rights Commission and the parliamentary Committee for Women, Family and Childhood condemned the rise of child abuse, describing it as brutal....
New Aspirations on the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health in Iraq

New Aspirations on the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health in Iraq

On the occasion of the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health on 28 April (adopted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2003), Solidarity Center and the Iraqi Social Forum held a workshop on occupational safety and health. It took place for 2 days (26-27 April) and was attended by members of trade unions...
Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Firing Up Kurdish Nationalism in Iraq

Yerevan Saeed – Washington Institute Last month, the governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, raised the Kurdistan flag in the province, causing uproar inside Iraq and across the region. The Iraqi parliament denounced the unilateral decision, dismissing it as unconstitutional. The Kirkuk province itself was quick to condemn the action as well and asked for its...
"Our Marshes", First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

“Our Marshes”, First Civil Society Coalition to Protect the Iraqi Marshes

The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijlah Association The unknown fate that prevailed the image of the Iraqi marshlands future after its inclusion in the list of world heritage, have made those who are interested in the case of marshlands worried. Therefore, a number of civil society organizations, activists and academics concerned about the marshes...
How Iraq is Planning to Secure Key Border Road?

How Iraq is Planning to Secure Key Border Road?

Almonitor – Mustafa Saddoun Iraq is trying to revive the Trebil border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, which was closed in 2014 after Daesh took control of Anbar province. But the highway from Baghdad toward the crossing is not safe and has been the stage of terrorist attacks for a while, most recently Daesh attack on...
What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

What The War on Terror Looks Like: Iraq in The Eye

Synaps – Loulouwa al-Rachid & Peter Harling The gap could not be greater between the war on the Daesh as it is narrated, on one side, and how it is experienced by ordinary people trapped in the crossfire, on the other. In Iraq, the story pushed by the various anti-Daesh protagonists is a consensual and simple one: as...
Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Safeguarding Hoor al-Azim Lagoon: Stop Land Degradation in West of Iran

Petition to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, by the People’s Campaign to Suppor the Kind Zagros in Iran, to protect the Iranian side of the Mespotamian Marshlands, known as Hoor al-Azim in Iran (fed by teh Karkeh River) **** Dear Mr. Secretary-General With great respect, we would like to inform you that,...
Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Fostering solidarity across borders to protect the shared rivers of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Increasingly water resources are becoming a source of conflict in the region of Mesopotamia. Rivers have become strategic assets over which states and other actors wage war: water is being used for political purposes. From its inception, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign has...
Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses [1] The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses consists of three main sections: the preamble, the articles of the Convention and an annex to the arbitration clause. The preamble The preamble paragraphs provide an important...
Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Unmagical Mountain   Maha Yahya – Carnegie Middle East Center On January 2, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shut down the offices of Yazda, a non-governmental organization in Dohuk that provides vital support to vulnerable Yezidis who fled Daesh in 2014. The closure of Yazda reignited concerns among the Yezidi community about their future under the...
The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

The Second Season of Humat Dijlah Festival: An Important Space to Raise Water Issues

Ali Alkarkhi, Humat Dijla On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers (14th of March) and the World Water Day (22nd of March) the fifth anniversary of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign – launched five years ago – was celebrated. The Iraqi Social Forum and Humat Dijla Assocation organized...
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

  Middle East Reaserch Institute MERI This report views the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) as having played an intrinsic role in the provision of security in Iraq since the dramatic rise of the Islamic State (IS). However, through the lens of nationalism it analyses the negative role the PMF may play once IS...