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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.
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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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...
Probing Daesh’s sex Atrocities with the United Nations

Probing Daesh’s sex Atrocities with the United Nations

Middle East Eye speaks with Zainab Bangura, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict, about the latest Daash crimes MEE - NEW YORK, United States A United Nations unit of sex crime investigators has probed the world’s war zones for evidence of forced marriages, slavery and mass rape since 2009. According to its head,...
The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River

The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River

Chatham House The Euphrates’ existing resource security challenges have been compounded by upheaval in Syria and Iraq. Without urgent attention, stresses on the river’s resources will add to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis created by the conflict. The Euphrates River is of critical importance for water, food and energy security in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Flowing south-east...
Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

BAGHDAD – May 27, 2015 The international organization, Solidarity Center, has issued a new newsletter entitled ‘Iraqi Trade Unions Bulletin’. The new bulletin includes a summary and review of the conditions of workers, and highlights the increasingly serious challenges faced by public sector workers in light of the sharp deterioration of the Iraqi economy due...
On the Battlefields of Antique Art

On the Battlefields of Antique Art

 In his First Newspaper Interview, Robert Hecht, The World’s Leading Dealer in Antiquities, Talks to Geraldine Norman in Defence of his Trade Independent – Geraldine Norman IN 1972 Robert Hecht bought a hatbox full of Greek vase fragments, had them glued back together and sold the resulting vase to the Metropolitan Museum in New York for...
Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdadis Live with Constant Threat of Violence

Baghdad – Al monitor Cafe Ridha Alwan in central Baghdad’s Karrada district was packed with customers, mostly intellectuals, when an explosion rang out May 2 followed by gun shots. Sirens of the ambulance and firefighter trucks were heard wailing in the streets near the blast area. People rushed to leave the cafe for fear that another car would explode, as double-car...
'We Don't Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

‘We Don’t Trust Anyone': Iraq’s Displaced Minorities Not Ready To Return Home

Niqash Even though the extremist group Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq, displaced minority groups are not returning home. They fear ongoing prejudice and retaliation. “We really want to go back to our village but there are no guarantees that what happened before will not happen again,” says Ismael Rasho, a Yazidi man in...
Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Iraq Counts on Magic Wands to Stop ISIS

Source: thedailybeast Despite warnings they didn’t work, Baghdad bought $85 million worth of gadgets that supposedly detect explosives. Today, two years after the British con man who sold them was jailed, Iraqi police are still waving them around. Last summer, in the days after the group now known as ISIS began its assault across Iraq, many...