المبادرة الدولية للتضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي

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.
Ministry of Oil Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence, and Compensate those Affected

Ministry of Oil Must Be Held Accountable for Negligence, and Compensate those Affected

January 16, 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the demands of the employees of South Oil to hold SOC and the BP Oil Company responsible for the recurring collisions that occur on the road of North Rumailah in Al-Rumailah field in Basra. Recently these collisions have claimed...
The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

The Ministry of Communications Continue to Withhold Iraqi and Arab News Websites

17 Jan. 2015 – JFO Iraqi and Arab media institutions continue to suffer from blocking their websites inside Iraq, since the 10th of June 2014.Where security authorities withheld in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications about 20 news websites, but it unblocked most of the websites afterwards, except for the...
Al-Qushla: Iraq's Oasis of Free Expression

Al-Qushla: Iraq’s Oasis of Free Expression

Al Jazeera – Baghdad On Friday mornings, Yasser Kian and his friends leave behind the pressures of work and school and the dangers of life in Baghdad to come to a small square that has become an oasis of free expression. On a recent Friday, Kian, dressed in a suit jacket,...
Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

Mission Report to Iraqi Kurdistan Finds Media and Civil Society at Risk!

2014-12-31 –  gc4hr  Many see Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in Northern Iraq, as a safe haven, a place of relative calm away from the terror and chaos that exists in much of the rest of Iraq. Yet independent journalists and human rights defenders are at risk, says a mission report...
Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Iraq: Dire Winter Conditions Expose Shocking Gaps in Humanitarian Assistance for Thousands Displaced

Source: Amnesty A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International. Delegates from the organization who have just returned from...
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For Yazidi Women, Escaping ISIS Doesn't Mean The Ordeal Is Over!

For Yazidi Women, Escaping ISIS Doesn’t Mean The Ordeal Is Over!

NPR – December 10, 2014 Barzan is a young Yazidi man, with sad blue eyes. His mother, five of his sisters and his niece are being held by the so-called Islamic State, taken when the extremist group swept through the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in August. They are seven of some 5,000 Yazidis still being...
Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Abdul-Mahdi: Now Real Work Begins for Baghdad, Erbil!

Cengiz Çandar – Al-monitor Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq’s former vice president and current oil minister in Haider al-Abadi’s government, spotted me aboard a flight from Beirut to Istanbul. He was in a rush, on his way back to Baghdad after the Nov. 27 OPEC meeting in Vienna. I met up with him Dec. 1 around midnight at his hotel...
Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Stop Ilisu – Stop Destruction and Instability!

Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive Batman/Turkey Press Release – 05.12.2014 Ilisu Dam’s construction may be continued after a 4 month halt!  Stop Ilisu – stop destruction and instability! The Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI) has announced few days ago that after a four month break that the construction of the highly criticized Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric...
Labor legislation in Iraq: between reality and the future

Labor legislation in Iraq: between reality and the future

Wesam Chaseb Ouda Iraq’s program Manager – Baghdad, International Solidarity Center This document prepared for the ICSSI conference, Oslo , Norway – November 2014 Introduction As we speak today, the labor legislation that was valid during the era of Saddam Hussein remains in effect. No fundamental changes have occurred, other than a minor adjustment by Paul Bremer,...
Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Between the Laws Inherited from the Era of Dictatorship and Legislation Seeking to Restrict Freedom of Expression and the Press in Iraq, The Reality is Not Consistent with the Principles of Democracy

Yasser Salem Executive Director of Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq Paper prepared for the ICSSI Conference in Oslo, October 2014   Introduction Between the laws still in affect that were passed during the previous era of dictatorship (which do not take into account the principles of democracy) and the violations and attacks being carried...
Women Trade Unionists and Working Women in Iraq Today!

Women Trade Unionists and Working Women in Iraq Today!

Unionists: Ilham AbdulMaaboud Majeed President of the Communications Syndicate Member of the Executive Office of the General Federation of Trade Unions working in Iraq / Basra branch Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference in Oslo – Norway October 2014   The situation of Iraqi women in general   Iraqi women suffer dramatic injustice and persecution, both...
Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Draught, and Misuse threaten the natural and cultural heritage, and the right of access to water for the inhabitants of Mesopotamia

Nadia Al Baghdadi, A paper prepared for the ICSSI conference “”promoting dialogue and reconciliation, working for peaceful coexistence, and opportunities for international solidarity with Iraqi civil society” 27-29 Oct.2014, Oslo. On the 14th of March 2012, a petition was released all over the world, directed to The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, to conserve the...
SPORT AGAINST VIOLENCE AND BAGHDAD MARATHON: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PLANS

SPORT AGAINST VIOLENCE AND BAGHDAD MARATHON: CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PLANS

Elena Laurenti – Nadia Al-Baghdady – Taif Alwachi ASD Sport Against Violence – ICSSI Report of the SAV-BM working group – ICSSI Conference – Oslo (Norway) October/November 2014 Sport Against Violence, as an association, has been working, since 2007, in cooperation with the Iraqi civil society on sport and cultural projects. Our original idea was...
Protest Letter Concerning the Treatment of a Female Journalist in Suleymaniah!

Protest Letter Concerning the Treatment of a Female Journalist in Suleymaniah!

To: Mr Nikolai Miladinov, UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UNAMI Five major political parties of Kurdistan – PUK, KDP, Gorran, KIU, Komal   It is unacceptable that female NRT journalist Shaima Jaf was prevented from entering the meeting of the UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI Mr. Nikolai...
A Study on the Status of Trade Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq

A Study on the Status of Trade Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq

Freedom of Association Status, A Study by Solidarity Center on the Status of Trade  October 2014 Unions in the Electricity Sector in Iraq During the last decade, the Iraqi trade union movement has faced many turning points. It has been deprived of freedom of association in the public sector for over a quarter century according to...
Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Who Represents Iraqi Sunnis?

Mushreq Abbas – al-monitor Who represents Iraq’s Sunnis? Iraqis have not answered this incredibly sensitive question. The danger of being unable to clearly answer this question is directly related to the war on the Islamic State (IS), as well as the efforts of the Iraqi government, US troops and the international community to support the fighters tasked...
Kurdistan's Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

Kurdistan’s Battered Women: Out of Shelters, Into Danger and Honour Killings!

niqash | Alaa Latif | Sulaymaniyah When a woman leaves a shelter for battered women in Iraqi Kurdistan, her family often has to sign a pledge guaranteeing the woman’s safety. This is because of the prevalence of honour killings in the region. But apparently the pledges, signed before a judge, are not working. So women’s...