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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.
The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

“This report includes a copy of the draft law and the proposed amendment in Arabic” Baghdad, 10 August 2016 Iraqi civil society again faces the threat of legislation that could limit freedom of expression in Iraq. Recently a draft of a law on the freedom of expression that was discussed...
Montreal CAFE' In Baghdad 

Montreal CAFE’ In Baghdad 

@IraqiAlamalAssociation office in Baghdad Karad  Thursday,11th of August  h 5 pm. Baghdad time The Iraqi Social Forum organise Montreal CAFE’ In Baghdad, an event that will involve number of Baghdadi activists in a discussion about the World Social Forum process, its session in Canada and its relation to Iraqi political...
Attack on the House of a Human Rights Defender and a Well-known Unionist in Basrah

Attack on the House of a Human Rights Defender and a Well-known Unionist in Basrah

The protection of human rights defenders is the duty of the Iraqi government, we demand an immediate investigation to take practical measures to prevent the repetition of such assaults. The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Baghdad – 08 August 2016   The house of the well-known unionist and human...
Shahrazad Center Concludes the Second Workshop on the Protection of Women Journalists and Women Human Right Defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq

Shahrazad Center Concludes the Second Workshop on the Protection of Women Journalists and Women Human Right Defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq

Shahrazad Center – Baghdad On the 14th of July, Shahrazad center concluded in the headquarter of the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum (IWJF) its second workshop on the protection and personal safety of women journalists and women human right defenders (WHRDs) in Iraq, with the participation of 18 female trainees from...
Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Baghdad With the participation of women leaders of three labor unions and a numbers of media women and civil activists, and as a part of Shahrazad campaign activities, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum organized a seminar in cooperation with the Solidarity Center and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)...
A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon...
International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

  Istanbul, 10 July 2016 Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign At the conclusion of this year’s annual conference of World Heritage Watch in Istanbul, civil society organizations presented their list of resolutions. These have been announced in a press conference and will be submitted to the World...
Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Iraqi youth in action to protect the Tigris River

Protecting the Tigris River of Iraq: this will be the main objective for a new group of committed youth activists from Baghdad and Southern Iraq as they developed plans to support of the Save the Tigris Campaign. During a training in Erbil from 26-27 June, they discussed together with other...
No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

No Way Home: Iraq’s Minorities on the Verge of Disappearance

By UNPO, 4 July 2016. Minority communities in Iraq are now on the verge of disappearance, says a new report by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Minority Rights Group International (MRG), Institute for International Law and Human Rights and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ). Download the full report...
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We Call Upon the Kurdish Community to Take Urgent Action for Women’s Rights and Stand against Sexual Harassment

We Call Upon the Kurdish Community to Take Urgent Action for Women’s Rights and Stand against Sexual Harassment

By Shahrazad Campaign, June 2016. Executive Summary of a research on sexual harassment in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, produced by Al-Mesalla organization for Human Resource Development within the framework of Shahrazad Campaign, in cooperation with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. The study has been conducted by the local researcher Dr. Shino Khaleel. Introduction...
Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

Save the Tigris Campaign workshop in Erbil upcoming!

From June 26-27, the Save the Tigris Campaign will conduct a training for Iraqi youth environmental activists in Erbil. A group of around 25 activists from Baghdad and South Iraq will fly into the city and attend a two day-workshop organized by the Save the Tigris Campaign. International activists from the UK, Turkey, Netherlands –...
The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the National Reconciliation

The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the National Reconciliation

On May 28, 2016, Shahrazad Service Center hosted the Conference of the Governance Center for Public Policies on Civil Peace in Iraq. The conference discussed the role of the women human rights defenders and journalists in the national reconciliation, and in the diagnosis of drawbacks faced by the whole society. The audience addressed the urgent...
Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

By PAX, June 2016 This outline of an extensive study on Sinjar, Iraq, provides an important understanding of new dynamics in areas where ISIS has retreated. In post-ISIS Sinjar, new security and political stakeholders have taken root, and local communities, affected by rounds of violence and frustrated by a lack of state protection, increasingly mobilize...
Will Iraq's wetlands join World Heritage List?

Will Iraq’s wetlands join World Heritage List?

Omar Sattar, Published by Al-Monitor, June 17 2016 BAGHDAD — The archaeological sites of Ur, Eridu and Uruk as well as the Iraqi marshlands are under consideration for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting to be held July 10-20 in Turkey, where the UNESCO member states will vote on adding new sites to World List. In...
The Available Opportunity: Peace

The Available Opportunity: Peace

Yasir Alsalim – People’s Road Newspaper Few days ago, videos widely shared on social media, revealed the abuses committed by soldiers against civilians from the people of Fallujah have raised a wave of resentment and societal and political controversial. According to a statement of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights, 609 citizens of the city...
The negative impact of large dams: a seminar in Erbil

The negative impact of large dams: a seminar in Erbil

Seminar at the University of Salah Aldin – Erbil Al-Messala Organization, Erbil – June 2016 In cooperation with the University of Salah Aldin and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Al-Messala Organization held a seminar on the subject of large dams and their negative impact on humans, environment and biodiversity. The seminar focused...
Call for Action to Protect the Marshlands of Mesopotamia!

Call for Action to Protect the Marshlands of Mesopotamia!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign – June 9, 2016 Prior to the 40th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Istanbul We demand transparency from the Iraqi government and UNESCO-Iraq regarding a possible inclusion of the Iraqi Marshes in the World Heritage List. *** Update, June 11, 2016:...
Why Accountability for Iraq’s Militias Matters?

Why Accountability for Iraq’s Militias Matters?

Christoph Wilcke – Human Rights Watch Iraq is awash with daily atrocities, with the Daesh reportedly burying people alive, drowning people in submerged cages, detonating explosives around victims’ necks, and shooting its own members trying to defect. The group has murdered thousands, including up to 1,700 Shia military cadets in Tikrit in June 2014. The response of...
Statement on Iraq and Falluja by UN OCHA

Statement on Iraq and Falluja by UN OCHA

  UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, STEPHEN O’BRIEN STATEMENT ON IRAQ I am deeply concerned by the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, where a major military operation against ISIL is taking place. An estimated 50,000 civilians, including at least 20,000 children, are unable to leave. They...
The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

  By ICSSI – Baghdad, May 2016. Throughout the entire day on Saturday, May 15, young people coordinated by the Iraqi Social Forum carried a banner and moved in a small bus through the different areas of Baghdad. Each time they parked in one of Baghdad’s neighborhoods, they transformed the bus into a kind of...
Women Human Rights Defenders Challenging Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan

Women Human Rights Defenders Challenging Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan

GCHR report says women human rights defenders challenging violence 2016-06-01 Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Iraqi Kurdistan face the same risks as other human rights defenders worldwide, but as women, they are also subject to gender-specific threats and violence, according to a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). The report,...