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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.
Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Kurdistan Social Forum Launched in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq!

Erbil, 10th of December 2017, International Human Rights Day The first Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) took place in Erbil, on 9-10 December 2017, with the participation of about 400 civil society activists from the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories in Ninewa and Kirkuk Governorates. The Forum happened under very...
The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

The First Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Erbil!

ICSSI is excited to announce the first annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in Erbil from 9-10 December 2017! The Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) is a newly-founded space for coordination among CSOs and networks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with a Secretariat based in Erbil...
Book Launch for "Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past"

Book Launch for “Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past”

On Saturday, November 18, the Iraqi Social Forum held a book launch for Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past in conjunction with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraq in History Foundation in the Tigris Hall at Hotel Baghdad. A number of specialists in archaeology and...
Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

By Sarah Leah Whitson (Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch) REUTERS, December 5, 2017 At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State controlled 40 percent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands of Iraqis came to...
Fourth Iraqi Social Forum “Rights and Peace”

Fourth Iraqi Social Forum “Rights and Peace”

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative –  December 2017 The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) continues to be one of the most valuable spaces for civil society to convene in Iraq. Its annual event from 30 November – 2 December in Baghdad was attended by over 5000 visitors, mobilizing 100 volunteers...
Tanjero: the Struggle to Clean Up a Neglected River

Tanjero: the Struggle to Clean Up a Neglected River

For years in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan waste has been dumped at a site close to the Tanjero River in the Tanjero area of the city. The site has been used by the municipality as well as industries to dump garbage, oil and other toxic materials. It...
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Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan "We Love Iraq"!

Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan “We Love Iraq”!

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Imitative (ICSSI) Baghdad  – October 2017 Forty-eight activists representing nine local youth groups from different Iraqi cities met in Baghdad for three days to discuss ways forward for living together along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers within the program of “Coexistence trails in Mesopotamia...
Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Fifty-seven Iraqi civil society organisations and groups, along with 12 International organisations have issued a call for an immediate end to all military operations and the initiation of dialogue between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan regional government. Our civil society appeal “NO TO WAR, NO TO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, THE ONLY SOLUTION IS DIALOGUE” asks the...
Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Reconfirm Their Rejection of the Social Security Law

Iraqi trade unions reiterated their opposition to the draft social security law approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers earlier this year, in “The Future of Social Security in Iraq” conference. According to the trade unions, the draft law is incompatible with the Iraqi constitution and fails to meet even the minimum standards of social...
A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

A Training in Nonviolence in Hit, the First Since its Liberation from Daesh

On Thursday, 5 October 2017 at the Shakoufyan Cultural Center, the Peace Forum in Hit organized a workshop on nonviolence. The training focused on building the skills needed to carry out nonviolent campaigns aimed at peaceful coexistence as an alternative to sectarian violence in Mesopotamia. This is the first workshop in Hit since its liberation...
Youth of Syria Launch "We Love Qamishlo" Initiative

Youth of Syria Launch “We Love Qamishlo” Initiative

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiate (ICSSI) Qamishli (or Qamishlo), a fertile city located in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, is a place characterized by its diverse population, inhabited by a mixture of Arabs, Kurds, Syriac, Assyrians and Armenians. From this unique location, the youth initiative, “We Love Qamishlo”, was organized by Doz, a...
Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

Women are Critical Peacebuilding Actors: Implementing UNSCR-1325 in Iraq

More than 3 years ago, in February 2014, the Government of Iraq launched its National Action Plan on UN Securitiy Council Resolution 1325 (2014-2018). It was the first country in the MENA Region to launch such a program. The Resolution concerns the important role of women in the prevention and resoltion of conflicts, peace negotiationsm...
Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Source: Aboun.org Chaldean Patriarch Louisl Sako has issued the following statement addressing the Iraqi leadership in the wake of the unprecedented deteriorating situation in northern Iraq: These days, our country is going through unprecedented circumstances that are the result of all that happened in Iraq from the north to the south for years and until...
Another Kurdistan is Possible, of Diversity and Human Rights and Social Justice

Another Kurdistan is Possible, of Diversity and Human Rights and Social Justice

Having participated in World Social Forum events in previous years, Iraq-Kurdish activists launched the Kurdistan Social Forum in October 2016 as a means to promote social justice movements in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Currently housed by Peace and Freedom Organization, the Kurdistan Social Forum is an open space for movements, organizations and individuals who...
The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The Mashufna Cultural Center Opens in Nasiriya: a New Resource for Civil Society

The inscription in 2016 of the Marshlands into the UNESCO World Heritage List was an important milestone for Iraq, which would not have been possible without strong efforts of civil society across Iraq, and involvement of communities and local authorities. This is a success story that we believe can be extended across other issues in...
ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

By ICSSI Secretariat and ISF – October 2017  The Iraqi Social Forum held a specialized training on economic and social rights for its 9 interpretation team volunteers on Saturday, 7 October in Baghdad. The training was given by Wissam Gasab, ISF’s Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights masar (path), and dealt with explaining the...
Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

There is No Alternative Better than Dialogue … No for Violence, No for Sanctions Peace and Freedom Organization Based on our absolute belief that there is no alternative better than dialogue, no path to peace, but peace itself is the way. We are calling and asking all Iraqi and Kurdish parties to return to the dialogue...
No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

Recognizing the role of civil society to promote peace, nonviolence, and respect for human rights, we call for dialogue to address the problems between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, for efforts to de-escalate tensions, and for the cessation of external interventions. Peace and partnership among Iraqi citizens of different backgrounds, especially...