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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.
Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Al-Monitor Adnan Abu Zeed / BAGHDAD — Iraq faces many threats to its environment, not the least of which are apathy, a lack of education and a need for cooperation from other countries. “Iraq is in dire need of environmental awareness. Environmental education is absent among the Iraqi people, whose...
Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Shafaq News  On Thursday, the first of December, the Directorate of Health in Erbil City, the capital of Kurdistan Iraq, announced that its hospitals are full of injuries of the ongoing military operations to liberate Mosul, It claimed that the hospitals have no capacity nor space to receive more patients,...
Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 2016 will be the hottest year recorded in human history, and the world is looking for urgent action on climate change. Under the principles of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the COP22 (UN Climate Change Conference) took place in...
Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Message to the COP22 Climate Change Summit in Marrakech, Morocco The team of Humat Dijla, one the main partners of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, offers its sincere congratulations for the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting the Conference of the Parties COP in it’s twenty-second edition, wishing...
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Political celebs, from left to right: Farsat Sofi, Ali Hama Salih, Soran Omar, Sherko Jawdat, Izzat Saber.   Maaz Farhan :Niqash A handful of Iraqi Kurdish politicians have become well-known as anti-corruption crusaders and disloyal dissenters. But can these newly-minted political celebrities actually make a difference? Many locals in the...
The Sky's Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

The Sky’s Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

One year ago in Paris, the world came together to finalize a new agreement to address the climate crisis. Together, countries committed to “[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial...
Civilians Must be  Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

Civilians Must be Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

On 18th October, Geneva Call in partnership with Un Ponte Per, Public Aid Organization and Norwegian People’s Aid, organized a conference in Dohuk on the protection of civilians during the military operations in Mosul. More than 130 representatives from civil society organizations participated in the conference, including the authorities of the Ninawa province, representatives from...
New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 28 October 2016 The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign have released a report on the impact of the Daryan Dam on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Daryan Dam is a large dam currently under construction on the...
PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

Mosul: Peacebuilding After ISIS With the offensive on Mosul unfolding, awareness is growing that one day, military groups united in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq will no longer have a common enemy. New conflict dynamics will emerge that need to be addressed urgently. While the need for a longer-term...
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Violence Against Minorities in Iraq, Report summary

Violence Against Minorities in Iraq, Report summary

The Iraqi organization “Masarat” and Sa’ad Salloum released a new report on minorities in Iraq. The report “Violence Against Minorities in Iraq” examines discrimination perpetrated against minorities in Iraq — including Yazidis, Mandaeans, Turkmen, Christians, Kaka’is, Baha’is, Faili Kurds, Shabak, Jews, and Iraqis of African descent. While it acknowledges the fact that minorities in Iraq have suffered...
Iraqi Marshes workshop at the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum

Iraqi Marshes workshop at the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum

In difficult circumstances, activists of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign succeeded in organizing a workshop at the third season of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad. The forum included three different kinds of open activities which took plae at Abu Nu’as Park, where many Iraqi as well as international visitors attended. Volunteers...
The Iraqi protest movement explained, at World Social Forum 2016

The Iraqi protest movement explained, at World Social Forum 2016

By ICSSI, August 2016. The World Social Forum 2016 took place for the first time in a country of the Global North, gathering activists from all over the world in Montreal (Canada) on 9-14 of August. The rationale was that people’s struggles for human rights and dignity, to protect the environment and stop militarization, need...
A Weekend of Rights and Peace in “Another Iraq”

A Weekend of Rights and Peace in “Another Iraq”

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative celebrates the tremendous success of the Iraqi Social Forum and The Baghdad Marathon for Peace in Iraq (22-24 September 2016, Baghdad). Where can you go to talk freely with Iraqis of Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, Palestinian, Christian, Eziidi, International and many other backgrounds about equality, civil and human rights, solidarity,...
The World Social Forum after Montreal

The World Social Forum after Montreal

By Pierre Beaudet, Intercoll (Canada), October 2016. The last World Social Forum in Montreal came to an end last August 13th, after four days of deliberations and meetings. The balance sheet still has to be made, and there will be plenty of discussions,. There are certainly positive aspects that were reached in Montreal, in addition...
Casablanca Declaration for the COP22!

Casablanca Declaration for the COP22!

Casablanca Declaration following the September 23-24 International and African Conference on COP22 Record temperatures during the entire year of 2016, as well the series of cyclones, hurricanes, floods, forest fires and droughts that have taken place serve as clear reminders that climate change is a reality that already affects hundreds of millions among us. We,...
Baghdad Marathon For Peace Is a Reality

Baghdad Marathon For Peace Is a Reality

Nicola Visconti Sports Against violence – Italy   Baghdad, September 24, 2016. The second International Marathon for peace is a reality! More than 800 people running together in the streets of Baghdad to say that another Iraq is possible. Families, athletes, kids, young people, women running side by side: another big proof that civil society exists...
Thousands protest across Kurdistan Region to demand salaries and end to austerity measures

Thousands protest across Kurdistan Region to demand salaries and end to austerity measures

By ICSSI, 29 September 2016. School and university teachers, civil servants and thousands of people took to the streets in planned demonstrations throughout the Kurdistan Region earlier this week to protest ongoing salary cuts and delayed wages. Various local media reported demonstrations were held in Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, Darbandikhan, Kalar, Kifri, Ranya, Koya, Qaladze, Chamchamal, and...
From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan: From individual initiatives to democratic organizations Erbil – 21 to 22 September 2016 – The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the first national conference of the Iraqi NGO “Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan.”   When it comes to forming truly democratic non-governmental organisations, with a strategy...
Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign September 22, 2016 Following the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad The Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign congratulates the Iraqi Government and people as well as the office of UNESCO in Iraq on the outstanding achievement of the inscription...
Rights and Peace: the 3rd Session of the Iraqi Social Forum on 22-24 Sept. in Baghdad

Rights and Peace: the 3rd Session of the Iraqi Social Forum on 22-24 Sept. in Baghdad

update 19th of September : now you can download the detailed program isf-program-2016 Self-organized workshops, a Baghdad Marathon for Peace, convergence assemblies (gatherings on key issues for the social forum dynamics) and open cultural and artistic activities. All of these will be included in the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) taking place on...
Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relaying an appeal to the international community by the family of Wedad Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Kurdish journalist who was murdered near the city of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on 13 August. The family is seeking an international investigation into his death. Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, died a few...