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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.
ICSSI Congratulates The workers of Iraq on The Historic Victory in Winning Their rights and The Passage of a New Labor Law

ICSSI Congratulates The workers of Iraq on The Historic Victory in Winning Their rights and The Passage of a New Labor Law

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) – 27 August 2015 The Iraqi Council of Representatives approved at its fourteenth session held on Monday 17 August 2015, in the presence of 271 deputies, a new labor law. This law, long-awaited by the workers, represents a national victory, which comes after decades...
Announcing the Iraqi Social Forum 2015. Join us in Baghdad!

Announcing the Iraqi Social Forum 2015. Join us in Baghdad!

Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace. Baghdad, 1-3 October 2015. As Iraq experiences escalating violence that has resulted in at least 15,000 civilians killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014, the Iraqi Social Forum has consistently viewed the bloodshed as the result of long years of dictatorship and...
Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

ICSSI – Baghdad, August 14, 2015 Iraqi people are demonstrating this evening against corruption in Baghdad, even if a truck bomb exploded yesterday in a busy marker killing at least 67 people and wounding 200. Many other Iraqis are taking the streets in several Iraqi cities, in spite of the...
Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

By the Iraqi Social Forum Secretariat. Baghdad – August 11, 2015. The Iraqi Council of Representatives unanimously voted today on a paper of reforms to combat corruption and government waste, that was approved by the Council of Ministers in an extraordinary session held last Sunday. This is a result of...
Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Launches its New Website and Improves Its Digital Security

ICSSI July 2015 “The league is no longer worried about its electronic archives, and we are now much batter able to communicate with our followers” This sentence summarizes the extent of the benefits realized from the emergency grant obtained by the the Azidi Solidarity and Fraternity League (ASFL), an Iraqi...
Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

By Osamah Golpy – Rudaw HALABJA, Halabja province – A new peace organization in Halabja is overcoming linguistic differences to promote tolerance and cultural exchange between local residents and the refugee communities that have flooded the area. The NWE, or “New” in Kurdish, organization, which advocates for human rights and...
Is Maliki making a comeback?

Is Maliki making a comeback?

Ali Mamouri Al-Monitor While serving his second term as prime minister in February 2011, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told AFP he did not aspire to serve a third term. He averred that “the premier who has a program, and is efficient, does not need more than eight years to...
Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Civilians Flee Extremist Rule in Hawija, Dodging Checkpoints And Frontlines

Shalaw Mohammed As extremists rule harshly and coalition airstrikes hit, there’s a mass exodus of civilians out of Hawija. And one of the ways they are getting out is with people smugglers on the “death road”. A few days ago Mahmoud Fathallah arrived with his family and another ten people...
Will Iraq find political allies against Ilisu Dam in Turkey?

Will Iraq find political allies against Ilisu Dam in Turkey?

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign/ICSSI   Although the construction of Ilisu Dam is nearing its completion, the situation for the residents in the town of Hasankeyf – set to be flooded once the dam is in operation – is as unclear as ever. Recently, a...
UN Report on Iraq: Widespread Human Rights Violations and Killing of Civilians Continue Unabated

UN Report on Iraq: Widespread Human Rights Violations and Killing of Civilians Continue Unabated

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (13 July 2015) – A UN report released Monday shows that the conflict in Iraq continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 15,000 killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014. Widespread human rights violations and massive displacement continue unabated throughout the country. The report, compiled...
No to Harassment, No to Tribal Fusliya!  Iraqi Women Want Their Rights and Freedom!

No to Harassment, No to Tribal Fusliya! Iraqi Women Want Their Rights and Freedom!

Updates on #Shahrazad Campaign – July 2015 Protecting displaced and refugee women from harassment  A forum on the subject of sexual harassment was conducted at the “Bahrakah” Refugee Camp in Erbil. Twenty displaced women participated in the discussions, which focused on defining the types of harassment that women are experiencing....
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...
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Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it Mark Altaweel is surprised...
Action at UNESCO-WHC Session for Hasankeyf and Iraqi Marshes

Action at UNESCO-WHC Session for Hasankeyf and Iraqi Marshes

 Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Press Release, 28.06.2015 Today an action has been done in front of the annual conference opening of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO in Bonn/Germany. The participants demanded to list Hasankeyf (Turkish-Kurdistan) and the Iraqi Marshes on the World Heritage List and to stop the Ilisu Dam at the...
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 Committee We write to you...
"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 13, 2015), one year after...
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 openly identify as such or...
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 of Iraqis who see their...
UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

Source: BBC A major international agreement designed to protect cultural property during military conflict is to be finally ratified by the UK. The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq...
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 Iraqi Parliament on May 28,...
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 international peace and justice...
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, since for the first time...
Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Iraq: Curbs Put War’s Displaced at Risk

Restrictions Based on Area of Origin Prevent Safe Entry for Many Human Rights Watch – Beirut Iraqi authorities are preventing thousands of families fleeing the fighting in Ramadi from reaching safer parts of the country. The government of Iraq has primary responsibility for protecting internally displaced people and should allow those fleeing danger in Ramadi...
Significant Growth in the Phenomenon of Domestic Violence in Iraq: 90% of Victims are Women!

Significant Growth in the Phenomenon of Domestic Violence in Iraq: 90% of Victims are Women!

Shafaq News Female judges confirmed significant growth in the phenomenon of domestic violence in the country, and pointed out that 90% of cases were brought by women.  They attributed this to the deteriorating security and economic situation, which puts a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on the family. The domestic violence court complained that...