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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.
Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Painful Career Path for Women Journalists

Sabreen Kadhum   There is substantial evidence pointing to the fact that women working in visual, audio or print media are exposed to malicious harassment which offenders claim provides them some protection from this harassment, but is in fact a form of opportunistic and soft extortion. Unfortunately, no one wants...
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...
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...
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...
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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Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

by Quazi Baby  Quazi Baby is Executive Director of the Participatory Development Action Program, which she founded in 1996 to work on human rights, women’s and children’s rights, and the right to housing and land. At the South Asian Social Forum, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November of 2011, she organized two workshops with the...
The Sinjar Massacre: Yazidis Take Revenge Against Extremists’ Collaborators

The Sinjar Massacre: Yazidis Take Revenge Against Extremists’ Collaborators

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  As extremists from the Islamic State group are slowly driven out of northern Iraq, members of one of the groups that suffered at their hands – the Yazidis – began to take revenge on locals they say collaborated with them. This week several villages were looted and burned with...
Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines' All Spies and Traitors'

Stuck Between Extremist Rocks and Militias’ Hard Place, Iraqis on Frontlines’ All Spies and Traitors’

niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad  There are daily battles between pro-government forces in Iraq and the extremist Islamic State group. Trapped in the middle are locals who didn’t leave their homes for one reason or another. Besides the dangers of nearby fighting and food and fuel shortages, the locals say that both sides believe...
Statement Regarding the Crises Experienced by Iraq and the Impact on Iraqi Workers and Their Future

Statement Regarding the Crises Experienced by Iraq and the Impact on Iraqi Workers and Their Future

To all Iraqi people—to our struggling workers: Since its inception after April 2003, our association has worked hard to build an independent and strong trade union organization in order to represent workers in all sectors in Iraq, to defend their rights and interests, and to seek participation in the economic and social policy development of...
The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression Participates in Parliamentary Hearing

Baghdad – Iraqi Woman Journalist’s Forum The Iraqi Coalition for Freedom of Expression participated, along with a group of media and legal NGOs, today, Sunday the 25th of January 2015, in a hearing conducted by the Cultural and Media, and the Human Rights Committees of the Iraqi Parliament. During the session, a draft of the...
Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

Ministry of Oil and BP Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence and Fatal Accidents

January 16, 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the demands of the employees of South Oil Company (SOC) to hold SOC and the British Petroleum (BP) Oil Company responsible for the recurring collisions that occur on the road of North Rumailah in Al-Rumailah field in Basra. Recently these collisions have claimed the...
Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Fake Travel Agencies Cheat Iraqi Immigrants with Thousands of Dollars

Source: ijrda Baghdad/ Mohammed al-Jbouri   Six years elapsed , Mazin is still travelling between Iraq and Syria in search for the broker took from him 30.000 dollars to assist him travel to Europe, when his family (mother and three brothers) fled Iraq from the sectorial war of 2006. Mazin’s mother had her fears of the...
The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

17 Jan. 2015 – JFO Iraqi and Arab media institutions continue to suffer from blocking their websites inside Iraq, since the 10th of June 2014.Where security authorities withheld in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications about 20 news websites, but it unblocked most of the websites afterwards, except for the website of “AlBaghdadiya” channel “Al-Baghdadi...
KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

KRG Authorities Detain a Journalist for One Year

2 Jan. 2015 – JFO The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory expressed its concern about the continuing detention of a journalist by KRG authorities since January 2014. As there have been no reasons given for his detention, this directly violates the terms of the Iraqi constitution, as well as international conventions. The journalist, Saif Hashim Al-Obaidi, who...
Al-Qushla: Iraq's Oasis of Free Expression

Al-Qushla: Iraq’s Oasis of Free Expression

Al Jazeera – Baghdad On Friday mornings, Yasser Kian and his friends leave behind the pressures of work and school and the dangers of life in Baghdad to come to a small square that has become an oasis of free expression. On a recent Friday, Kian, dressed in a suit jacket, bowtie and retro sunglasses, pretends...
Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

Year in Review: Iraq is Still There in Body, But Not in Spirit!

niqash |Baghdad  The past year in Iraq is not easy to review. The assorted crises, both in security and politics, are well known around the world and for many Iraqis it’s been one long nightmare. NIQASH went to gather ordinary Iraqis’ opinions on the year gone by and ended up speaking to one local whose...
Coping With Success Against ISIS

Coping With Success Against ISIS

James F. Jeffrey – The Washington Institute Although Washington should have no illusions about resolving the region’s wider problems, it can build on early successes against ISIS by making the commitments needed to fully defeat the group in Iraq and Syria, including a modest, enduring U.S. military presence. The battle against the “Islamic State”/ISIS has...