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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.
First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah March 2019 – Call for Contributions!

First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah March 2019 – Call for Contributions!

Save the Tigris Campaign and partners announce the first alternative civil society forum for water in Mesopotamia: the Mesopotamian Water Forum will be held in Spring 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors from the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria. It will be...
11 Local Social Forums Gather in Baghdad for their National Meeting

11 Local Social Forums Gather in Baghdad for their National Meeting

Arabic | عربي   Eleven local social forums from different Iraqi cities met in Baghdad to discuss their role in the Iraqi social forum process. “We Love Iraq” meeting، Baghdad – 10/09/2018 The Karrada district, located in the heart of Baghdad, hosted a 3-day meeting of 11 social forums representing...
Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Arabic | عربي Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative 11 September, 2018 “Try to drink tap water from anywhere here if you can,” said one of Basra’s tribal sheikhs, addressing the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. “Why do you treat Basra residents as second-class citizens?” The sheikh called on the Iraqi...
Iraq: Climate-Related Security Risk Assessment

Iraq: Climate-Related Security Risk Assessment

Arabic | عربي By Kawa Hassan and Camilla Born Middle East and North Africa Program & Working Group on Climate-Related Security Risks   The following report was used in a July 2018 UN Security Council debate on the nexus between climate change and security, brought forward under the Swedish Presidency...
Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Arabic | عربي The city of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region held its first festival to celebrate women’s rights. The working group on women’s rights of the Kurdistan Social Forum organized its ‘Mrwary Festival’ from 24-25 August in Hawary Shar Park in Sulaymaniyah. Through this festival, the working group aimed...
Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Arabic | عربي Under the project of “Paths to Coexistence in Mesopotamia,” the Iraqi Social Forum conducted a digital and social media training last week, 9-11 August 2018, for a group of young people from Hit, Ramadi, Falluja, and Diyala. The training was held over three days in the meeting...
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Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Addressing the Issue of Fighting Human Trafficking and Compulsory Labor

Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Addressing the Issue of Fighting Human Trafficking and Compulsory Labor

On World Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, July 30, the laborers’ Economic and Social Rights masar (path), in collaboration with the Labor Solidarity Center, organized a training workshop at the Iraqi Social Forum for trade unions and civil society organizations on legal frameworks to fight human trafficking and prevent compulsory labor in Iraq. The...
Iraq Election Commission Ignored Warnings Over Voting Machines

Iraq Election Commission Ignored Warnings Over Voting Machines

Writtin by Ahmed Rasheed, Raya Jalabi, Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s election commission ignored an anti-corruption body’s warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May’s parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters.   The devices, provided by South Korean company Miru Systems under a deal with the...
Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Arabic | عربي     We Love Qamishlo Initiative, July – 2018   Qamishli, or Qamishlo, a city in the north-east of Syria, is often referred to as the city of love by its children, young people and elders. The city is characterized by a unique community mosaic and a wide variety of religious and ethnic...
Protests in Southern Iraq Intensify as Demonstrators Stage 2 Sit-Ins on Site at Oil Fields Run by Exxon Mobil and Eni — Armored Vehicles Deployed in Response

Protests in Southern Iraq Intensify as Demonstrators Stage 2 Sit-Ins on Site at Oil Fields Run by Exxon Mobil and Eni — Armored Vehicles Deployed in Response

Arabic | عربي   Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative 30 July 2018   Hundreds of young people in Basra set up tents to house demonstrators who have staged sit-ins in two strategic locations: the first at the West Qurna field, 75 kilometers north of Basra, run by the American company ExxonMobil; the second at Burjisia, which...
Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Arabic | عربي   Each year, hundreds of people visit the city of Ur, which lies to the west of Nasiriya City. After it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, officials in charge of the city were provided an opportunity to implement a plan to run and protect the ancient city. Iraqi civil...
Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Arabic | عربي   Iraq’s security forces fired on and beat protesters in Basra governorate during a series of protests from July 8 to 17, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The largely Interior Ministry forces used apparent excessive and unnecessary lethal force against protests over water, jobs, and electrical power that at times turned...
The Iraqi Social Forum Establishes an Arts of Peace Team, Laying a First Stone in a Foundation Dedicated to Nonviolence

The Iraqi Social Forum Establishes an Arts of Peace Team, Laying a First Stone in a Foundation Dedicated to Nonviolence

  Arabic | عربي   From 8-10 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) held a specialized training in Baghdad to develop the capacity of youth in a new ‘Arts of Peace’ team, part of the ISF’s nonviolence masar (path). The training included a review of key strategies for building successful campaigns, starting with problem analysis,...
Iraqi Call to International Civil Society to Stand in Solidarity With the Nonviolent Protests in Iraq

Iraqi Call to International Civil Society to Stand in Solidarity With the Nonviolent Protests in Iraq

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and multiple Iraqi civil society Groups 19th July, 2018 Large-scale Iraqi protests are entering their second week in many provinces including, Basra, Nasiriya, Maysan, Muthana, Diwania, Karbala, Najaf, and parts of Baghdad. Increasingly, they are being met with suppression and an escalation of violence by the Iraqi security forces...
Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq

Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq

Iraqi civil Society Solidarity Initiative  18th July 2018  Iraqis have been demonstrating for days in immense protests across southern Iraq—in Basra, Nasiriyah, Amarah, Kut, Karbala and Najaf—demanding basic services and rights, including water, electricity, and jobs. The frequency of demonstrations targeting oil fields, ports and airports, and the headquarters of political parties has mounted in...
Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Over the past year, the Iraqi Social Forum has become a model for smaller local forums springing up throughout the country. These local forums galvanize and train young activists to work inclusively and nonviolently to create a better Iraq, one based on the values of peace and social cohesion.These values, which became dormant under the...
Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

  Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain, June 25th, 2018 In the margins of the 5th International Civil Society Forum on World Heritage which was organized by the World Heritage Watch (WHW), and took place in Manama 2018, and at the kind invitation of Dr. Essa Amin and Dr. Abdul Aziz Ali Sweileh, the representatives of...
From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

Save the Tigris Campaign   After Iraqis celebrated the inclusion of their marshes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List two years ago in July 2016, it was expected that a new stage of recovery and prosperity throughout all of the Iraqi marshlands would begin, that this international recognition would end years of neglect and resulting environmental...