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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 Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

The Iraqi Social Forum: Its Origins, Its Current Work, And Its Ambitions For The Future

Ali Sahib- Coordinator of the ISF A paper prepared for the NSF- held in Oslo- Norway Nov. 2014 Origins Given the difficulties which Iraq has gone through, and continues to endure today — caused by the accumulated burden of dictatorship and occupation, the repeated failures of government due to the...
Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Testimony about the Challenges Media Faces in Iraq after the Collapse of Mosul!

Journalist Saadoon Mohsen Damed Madarik Foundation Testimony submitted for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November  2014   Introduction: Talking about freedom of expression, particularly about the challenges the media is facing in Iraq, after the so-called “Collapse of Mosul” on 10 June 2014, might seem a kind of luxury, as...
Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Yazidis In Iraq: Current Situation, Priorities And International Solidarity Needed!

Husam Salim Ezidi Solidarity and Fraternity League Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway – November 2014 On 3 and 7 August 2014, respectively, the towns of Sinjar and Ba’shiqa (where the majority of the inhabitants are Yazidi) fell under the control of Daesh. As a result, tens...
Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

Rethinking Sadr: From Firebrand to Iraqi Statesman?

By: RENAD MANSOUR, MICHAEL DAVID CLARK Source: carnegieendowment Muqtada al-Sadr, once labeled “the most dangerous man in Iraq,” now offers a potential solution to Iraq’s troubles. The scion of an influential religious family who rose by inheriting his father’s movement and building a militia after the United States toppled former Iraqi...
Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Reality of Women Journalists in Iraq!

Nibras Almamori / Director of Iraqi Women Journalists Forum Working paper dedicated for ICSSI Conference Norway – Oslo – October 2014 Despite the relative progress which was made by woman working in the media sector after the fall of the former regime — as evidenced, for instance, in radio and...
Can Iraq's Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Can Iraq’s Oil Workers Win Freedom of Association from the New Iraqi Government?

Talib Hashim Jabur Executive Office of the Federation of Oil Unions Basra – Southern of Iraq Paper prepared for ICSSI conference – Oslo – Norway October/November  2014   Iraqi trade unions face difficult challenges today due to the fact that they are not now recognized by the Iraqi government, and...
Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015 Iraq

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign Following the ICSSI Conference in Oslo (27-29 October 2014)   Recently, the following article by South-Asian based journalist Amantha Perera was published. It exposes how water will be a defining issue for the world for decades to come. The issue is...
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Rescue the Kidnaped Women!

Rescue the Kidnaped Women!

Hereby we express our deep concern about the number of kidnaped women and girls with ISIS terrorist group whom they form the great majority from those who have been affected negatively by the armed crises. What is happening to the kidnaped women consists a clear violation of the International Human Rights Treaties, the escaped women...
Loyalty to Sinjar

Loyalty to Sinjar

Press Release, Erbil  22.09.2014 “Loyalty to Sinjar” is an Iraqi campaign aimed at the Iraqi government, regional authorities in Kurdistan, and the UN mission in Iraq to coordinate the opening of a central location where the grave human rights violations now being committed can be documented. The killings, kidnappings and displacement now occurring in Sinjar...
Number of Iraqi Orphans, Widows Rising with Conflict!

Number of Iraqi Orphans, Widows Rising with Conflict!

Omar al-Jaffal – al-monitor Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government’s bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying...
Inside Mosul: Thousands of Students, Teachers Trapped Between Extremists And Education Ministry

Inside Mosul: Thousands of Students, Teachers Trapped Between Extremists And Education Ministry

niqash | Khales Joumah | Mosul  Inside the extremist-occupied city of Mosul, teachers have been told to report to work and teach an extremist-formulated curriculum – or face the consequences. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, which still pays their salaries, says if they show up to work, they may be fired. Usually at...
Iraqi Women Network: Renewed Demands for Legitimate Rights of Women in New Government and Presidencies of Parliamentary Committees!

Iraqi Women Network: Renewed Demands for Legitimate Rights of Women in New Government and Presidencies of Parliamentary Committees!

Baghdad, 15 September, 2014 Iraqi Women Network, in its regular meeting held on 11/09/2014, renewed their claims to grant the legitimate rights of Iraqi women in decision-making positions, as the attendees expressed their resentment following the announcement of the new government which included only one woman a minister as and 22 male ministers and three...
Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference - Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 27-29 October 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their bi-annual event, and in partnership and with support...
After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

After Cutting Off their Water .. People of Balad Ruz Constitute A Regiment for the Liberation of Al-Sidoor Dam from (Daaesh)!

Al-Mada Press – Diyala The Board of Diyala province, announced on Sunday, providing funds to hire tankers to transport potable water to the residents of the district of Baladruz due to the closing the gates of water by the elements of (Daaesh), stressing that (Daaesh) are fighting in a new war called (water war) to...
ISIS Threatening to Execute Iraqi Journalists!

ISIS Threatening to Execute Iraqi Journalists!

Source: Reporters Without Borders  Reporters Without Borders expresses grave concern over the fate of Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, an Iraqi journalist taken prisoner by ISIS on 7 September and threatened with beheading. The Islamic State offensive in Iraq that began last June, shows journalists more unprotected than ever in the face of mounting danger. “The Islamic...
Female Parliamentarians argue for active participation of women in the new government!

Female Parliamentarians argue for active participation of women in the new government!

Qurtas News / Baghdad A group of female parliamentarians argued on Thursday, the political blocs’ leaders to grant women the electoral maturity and their representation in all positions and committees for the next stage in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution. The MP Rehab Alabboudh, said at a press conference held in the parliament building, with...
Assessing Iraq’s New Government: looking for concrete solutions and realistic alternatives to the sectarian regime

Assessing Iraq’s New Government: looking for concrete solutions and realistic alternatives to the sectarian regime

ICSSI: Ismaeel Dawood September 10th 2014   Given the recent positive security and political developments, Iraqi’s are at last feeling some hope. For the first time since the crisis in Mosul in June 2014 (at which point Daaesh controlled about one third of the Iraqi territory) the Iraqi army, together with Peshmerga and tribal fighters,...
Underage and Trapped: Female Iraqi Factory Workers Need Help

Underage and Trapped: Female Iraqi Factory Workers Need Help

Al- Monitor: Wassim Bassem BABIL, Iraq — Shayma Hassan, 16, walks 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) each day to the brick factory in Bahr al-Najaf in the city of Najaf, 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad. Her hectic work day starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Along with four other women, Shayma moves...
ETHNIC CLEANSING ON HISTORIC SCALE: THE ISLAMIC STATE’S SYSTEMATIC TARGETING OF MINORITIES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

ETHNIC CLEANSING ON HISTORIC SCALE: THE ISLAMIC STATE’S SYSTEMATIC TARGETING OF MINORITIES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

Amnesty International : September 2014 The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale in northern Iraq. Amnesty International has found that the IS has systematically targeted non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim communities, killing or abducting hundreds, possibly thousands, and forcing more than 830,000 others to flee...