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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.
WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future. BY DEXTER FILKINS, Newyorker On Christmas Day last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appeared on Iraqi television to wish his country’s Christian minority—which has been fleeing by the thousand since the American invasion, in 2003—a...
Will a New Force Emerge in Iraq?

Will a New Force Emerge in Iraq?

The fact that political entities have not yielded anyone with an alternate vision reflects the nature of post-2003 Iraqi politics and of its political classes By Fanar Haddad  Gulf News There is little cause for anticipating major structural changes after Iraq’s forthcoming elections. The most likely result would be business...
Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad Campaigning for Iraq’s elections started last week. Almost immediately the nation’s streets were covered in campaign posters. Now locals say reading between the posters’ lines it’s possible to discern hidden messages about new alliances, trends in candidature and the shifting political landscape as well...
Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

ARA News – Urfa, Turkey This is the second time he was arrested. / Syrian journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan for ‘defaming Kurdish leader’ The Police Center of Siwan in Sulaymaniyah city in Iraqi Kurdistan detained on Sunday the Syrian Kurdish journalist Biradost Azizi on charges on entering Iraqi Kurdistan...
Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion...
The Right to Heal Hearings

The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans...
Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

The Iraqi Parliament is working on a weak Labor Law and a Trade Union Law that does not respect the right of workers to organize in the public sector! BAGHDAD – March 2014 The General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW), Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), General...
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Day of Action for The Tigris

Day of Action for The Tigris

The International Day of Action for Rivers By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign  On 14 March the annual International Day of Action for Rivers was celebrated all over the world. This day coincided with the second anniversary of the Save the Tigris campaign, which was founded in 2012....
Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

Why are so many Kurdish women setting themselves on fire?

The Economist  by M.G and J.H.Y. | SULAYMANIYAH ON MARCH 8th, while the world celebrated International Women’s Day to recognise progress in women’s rights, two women in Iraqi Kurdistan set themselves on fire. Self-immolation as a dramatic and deadly form of protest by women is known across the Middle East, from Egypt to Pakistan. But...
Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

by HRW :Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls (Baghdad) – Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other...
African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

African Iraqis: Seeking for Political Representation

Niqash - Basra  Over a million African Iraqis live in the country. Yet unlike other ethnic groups, they are not recognised as a legitimate minority, nor are they represented in Parliament. Despite some politicians’ protests that there is no racism in Iraq and that affirmative action is not necessary, activists in the area are hoping that...
The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

The Iraqi Presidential Guards Killed A Journalist In Baghdad

Security guards or militia? A statement by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association Baghdad, 22th of March, 2014 The Press Freedom Advocacy Association believes that the execution of the Director of “Radio Free Iraq”, our colleague Mohamed Bedaiwi al-Shammari, by an officer of the Iraqi presidential guard, reflects total disregard of institutions for the protection of...
A group of Basra activists celebrates the World Water Day at the Corniche of Shatt Al-Arab

A group of Basra activists celebrates the World Water Day at the Corniche of Shatt Al-Arab

Demands to establish a cell of crisis to face “Ilisu” dam Basra – March 2014 A group of civil activists in Basra, celebrated the World Water Day, on the 22 of March. activists shed light on Iraq’s water problems in general, and the water crisis in Basra in particular. They expressed their concerns over the...
Iraqi Justice Minister Presses Shiite Personal Status Law!

Iraqi Justice Minister Presses Shiite Personal Status Law!

Source: Al-monitor With great persistence, Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari has kept pushing the controversial Jaafari personal status law to the forefront. He succeeded in passing the bill in the council of ministers and sent it to parliament, amid rejection by Iraqi civil forces. It is only natural that the law became associated with the justice minister and the Virtue Party to which...
EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

The international community has tried various approaches to confront ethnic conflict in the Middle East. International bodies have usually contented themselves with just issuing statements when a human rights violation occurs, and sometimes have supported specific political parties against others. They have focused on vulnerable groups such as minorities, while their positions often neglect members...
U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

U.S. Labor Against the War: Statement on 11th Anniversary of the Start of the Iraq War

  With heavy heart and renewed determination, the officers, staff, and affiliates of U.S. Labor Against the War mark the eleventh anniversary of the outbreak of the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.  For many Americans, the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq at the end of 2011 marked the end of U.S....
The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign How can Iraq safeguard its water provision from the Tigris river? This was one of the central questions at last week’s Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniah, as four water experts gathered for a panel discussion on the issue. With the opening...
Second  Festival Of  Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

Second Festival Of Iraqi Press: Journalists In Iraq Need Protection !

By Afrah Shawqi : Middle East newspaper Baghdad Iraqi journalists stressed on the importance of respecting their freedom to express their opinions and to exercise their freedoms of press, as approved by the Iraqi Constitution.  Iraqi government have to provide adequate protection for media workers, and stop interfering the work of independent media and ....
Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq!

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq!

8 March, 2014 Baghdad – Reuters About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and automatically give child custody to fathers. The group’s protest was on International Women’s Day and a week after the cabinet voted...