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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.
New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

New Government in Iraq Must Address The Root Causes of Extremism

Joint Press Statement available also in French and Italian  (Rome, September 23 , 2014 ) – Far-reaching political and social reforms are essential to confront the root causes of extremism in Iraq, Iraqi and international human rights groups said today in a joint statement. On November 3rd, Iraq will undergo a...
The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS

The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS

Syria & Iraq Alert I: The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS. A policy-brief published by the Dutch peace movement PAX, formerly known as IKV Pax Christi. September 22, 2014. The sudden and unforeseen expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the summer has led to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Veils, Gloves And Violence: New Extremist Rules See Women Disappear From Mosul’s Streets

Veils, Gloves And Violence: New Extremist Rules See Women Disappear From Mosul’s Streets

Niqash : Nawzat Shamdeen | Mosul Mosul was always a conservative city when it came to women’s rights. However the Sunni Muslim extremists who took control of the town have made it even more difficult for females. Women must now wear facial veils and gloves and may not leave their...
Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court

Take slavery in Iraq to the International Criminal Court

ICSSI supports the call of the international social movement “WALK FREE” urging the United Nations Security Council to put the situation of alleged enslavement by Islamic extremists in Iraq to the International Criminal Court, for immediate investigation and prosecution of guilty parties. Together, we can help bring justice to the...
Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Tuesday 15 July 2014   The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is concerned that parties involved in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria might resort to using water and its infrastructure as a weapon of war. Over the past weeks,...
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Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: "Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Water Scarcity in Iraq: Residents of Al-Majar Al-Kabeer: “Our river is becoming a swamp of algae and waste”

Al-Madaa Press / Maysan Translated by ICSSI ِAugust  27 , 2014   Residents of the Al-Majar Al-Kabeer district in the southern province of Maysan, complained on Thursday about water scarcity and about the river that passes through the district becoming a breeding ground for algae and a repository for waste. Lack of sufficient potable, clean...
Iraqi Turkmen in Danger, Rescue Amerli!

Iraqi Turkmen in Danger, Rescue Amerli!

August 26, 2014 More than 16.000 civilians are trapped in the area of Amerli, in Tuz Khormatoo District of Salahaddin Province. Daaesh (ISIS) fighters put Amerli under siege and threaten to enter at any moment. Iraqi civilians from the Turkmen minority are in urgent need of protection. Urgent call by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity...
Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis Seek Safety in Turkey!

Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis Seek Safety in Turkey!

SILOPI, TURKEY – IRIN As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety. “But the voice that answered spoke in Arabic,” the 41-year-old, said, confirming his worst fears that his...
Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Niqash : Mustafa Habib As levels of violence increase in Iraq’s north, a new campaign in Baghdad provides some positive news. Around 70 activists have launched the campaign, Ministries Without Quotas, in an attempt to overcome sectarian and ethnic politics. Just a few days before the deadline for Iraq to form its new government, around...

Assassination of a Civil Activist in Muqdadiyah

Farwell Saad Abdul Wahab Ahmed. Iraqi Al-Amal Association mourns with deep sorrow and anguish, the assassination of one of its activists, Saad Abdul Wahab Ahmed.   At 10:00 am on Monday 18th August, unknown terrorists assassinated our Colleague Saad, with silenced guns in Muqdadiyah, Diyala Provence. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends...
Help the Displaced Yazidi People from Sinjar!

Help the Displaced Yazidi People from Sinjar!

Civil Society Organizations Call to the International Community By Wadi, CPT and Alind - wadi-online Representatives of three human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs), a German-Kurdish organization Wadi, a U.S. based international organization Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), and Duhok based Alind Organization, conducted a two day visit on 15 and 16 August, 2014, to areas in the...
Urgent Call To Save Iraqi Minorities

Urgent Call To Save Iraqi Minorities

Appeal by Un ponte per…  August 2014 The war in Iraq may cause the extermination of the last Christian, Yazidi, Shabak and Turkmen communities remaining in the country. Since mid-June hundreds of thousands are fleeing. Un ponte per… is working since then to respond to the emergency. We have so far distributed water, juices, high...
WLP: ISIS Targeting Women, International Action Needed Now

WLP: ISIS Targeting Women, International Action Needed Now

By Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) for Rights, Development and Peace, August 7, 2014. The news coming from our partners on the ground in Lebanon and Jordan and media outlets in Iraq and Syria is horrifying. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is terrorizing innocent civilians living in areas under their control. Women are...
Protection of Civilians in the Non International Armed Conflict in Iraq

Protection of Civilians in the Non International Armed Conflict in Iraq

Report by : United Nations Assistance Mission For Iraq (UNAMI) – Human Rights Office 5 June – 5 July 2014 Summary The non-international armed conflict that commenced in Iraq in Anbar governorate in January 2014 and has since spread to other areas of the country since the beginning of June has inflicted untold hardship and...
Press Statement by WADI on The Current Situation in Sinjar (Iraq)

Press Statement by WADI on The Current Situation in Sinjar (Iraq)

By WADI, Association for Crisis Assistance and Solidary Development Cooperation. Wadi calls the German Federal Government to provide support by all necessary means to help rescue Yazidis, Christians, Shabak, Turkman and other Iraqis of minority groups whose lives are in clear danger, and provide the Kurdish Regional Government with appropriate and practical assistance in their...
The Trapped Yezidis in the Sinjar Mountains Represent a Humanitarian Disaster!

The Trapped Yezidis in the Sinjar Mountains Represent a Humanitarian Disaster!

The Brotherhood and Solidarity Association of Yezidi renewed their call to the whole world to intervene immediately to help the displaced and trapped Yazidis in the Sinjar Mountains. The extent and scope of their suffering represents a humanitarian disaster. A statement issued on Monday by the Association asserts that: “even given the dire humanitarian situation...
Will Iraqi Blacks Win Justice?

Will Iraqi Blacks Win Justice?

By SAAD SALLOUM, JULY 22, 2014. BAGHDAD — Jalal Dhiyab Thijeel was tall, funny and handsome, qualities that should have made him a popular man in Basra, Iraq, where he lived. But he was also black, one of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been pushed to the margins of society based on their...