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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.
A Training Offered by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Masar (Path) Empowers Activists to Support Women’s Rights

A Training Offered by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Masar (Path) Empowers Activists to Support Women’s Rights

There is no doubt that the feminist movement within Iraqi civil society has reached a new stage of maturity, enabling many activists to achieve goals, which previously seemed out of reach. Perhaps one of the most prominent signs of this success is the integration of women into organizations and institutions...
A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

World Cleanup Day, 15 September, saw the launch of a new campaign by volunteers of the Peace Forum in Ramadi. They plan to defend Euphrates River against pollution, and they have joined up with the Ramadi Police Directorate, Ramadi Municipality and Anbar Environment Directorate, all of whom have shown spectacular...
2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum 24-25 October 2018, Sulaimani University Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq   Un Ponte Per (UPP), Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) would like to invite you to the annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in...
Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

The Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums have launched a new initiative to promote social cohesion in 4 governorates. “Councils for Social Cohesion” have been established in Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad, Amara and Ramadi, coordinated by civil society organizations belonging to the working groups (masar) of the social forums. Within these councils community...
Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

The Alyahodia River is a large tributary of the Euphrates, named after the city of Al-Hindiya, and known also as the Babylon Channel. In the past, its banks housed an intersection of cultures and religions which formed a thriving and integrated community. The original name of the river, Judaism River, dates...
Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

BBC News A female human rights activist has been shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, which has seen violent anti-government protests in recent weeks. Video posted online appears to show an unidentified man opening fire at Suad al-Ali as she gets into a car near a supermarket...
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First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah March 2019 – Call for Contributions!

First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah March 2019 – Call for Contributions!

Save the Tigris Campaign and partners announce the first alternative civil society forum for water in Mesopotamia: the Mesopotamian Water Forum will be held in Spring 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors from the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria. It will be an open space to give...
Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Water Uprising in Basra: 15 Protestors Lose Their Lives and Political Alliances Are Redrawn

Arabic | عربي Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative 11 September, 2018 “Try to drink tap water from anywhere here if you can,” said one of Basra’s tribal sheikhs, addressing the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. “Why do you treat Basra residents as second-class citizens?” The sheikh called on the Iraqi government to apologize for describing...
Iraq: Climate-Related Security Risk Assessment

Iraq: Climate-Related Security Risk Assessment

Arabic | عربي By Kawa Hassan and Camilla Born Middle East and North Africa Program & Working Group on Climate-Related Security Risks   The following report was used in a July 2018 UN Security Council debate on the nexus between climate change and security, brought forward under the Swedish Presidency of the Council. Iraq is...
Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Arabic | عربي The city of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region held its first festival to celebrate women’s rights. The working group on women’s rights of the Kurdistan Social Forum organized its ‘Mrwary Festival’ from 24-25 August in Hawary Shar Park in Sulaymaniyah. Through this festival, the working group aimed to promote the economic independence...
'Iraq is Dying': Oil Flows Freely but Corruption Fuels Growing Anger

‘Iraq is Dying’: Oil Flows Freely but Corruption Fuels Growing Anger

Arabic | عربي  The Guardian by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Bani-Mansour The land of the Bani-Mansour clan north-east of Basra is flat and parched, spattered with dry crusts of salt and thorny shrubs. Clusters of palm trees form small patches of green in the otherwise dusty yellow and brown landscape. Nestled among them are about a dozen berms,...
Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Arabic | عربي   Mustafa Saadoun, Al Monitor, August 31 2018 BASRA, Iraq — Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents stormed the Basra Health Directorate to protest the poor health services provided to those made...
Peaceful Demonstrator Killed in Front of West Qurna Oil Field — ICSSI Issues an Urgent Call for the Iraqi Government to Open an Investigation

Peaceful Demonstrator Killed in Front of West Qurna Oil Field — ICSSI Issues an Urgent Call for the Iraqi Government to Open an Investigation

Arabic | عربي   The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) 16 August 2018 Iraqi security forces violently broke a peaceful strike in the Huwair sub-district of the Al-Midaina District north of Basra, where the West Qurna oil field 2 is located. Government officers killed a peaceful demonstrator and wounded others, while approximately 20 other...
Activists Campaign to 'Save Basra', Health Ministry Denies Cholera Outbreaks

Activists Campaign to ‘Save Basra’, Health Ministry Denies Cholera Outbreaks

Arabic | عربي  Shafaq News An online campaign launched by Iraqi activists and bloggers succeeded over the past few days in drawing attention to the water pollution crisis in the southern district of Basra. Recent videos and photos went viral on social media showing dozens of poisoned patients in hospitals due to contamination of drinking...
Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes

Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes

Arabic | عربي  Asharq Al-Awsat It seems that geographic realities linking Iraq to Iran have caused inescapable problems that are compounding their turbulent political relations. Issues between Baghdad and Tehran go beyond problems of borders and oil field demarcation, extending to water supplies. Iraq accuses Iran of cutting river water flowing from its territory and...
Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Arabic | عربي Under the project of “Paths to Coexistence in Mesopotamia,” the Iraqi Social Forum conducted a digital and social media training last week, 9-11 August 2018, for a group of young people from Hit, Ramadi, Falluja, and Diyala. The training was held over three days in the meeting hall of the Iraqi Social...
Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Arabic | عربي   Follow up Jameel Aljameel Over 400 Mosulians (the people of Mosul) celebrated the return of life and activity to their city after its liberation from Daesh in the World Youth Festival in Mosul on Sunday 12 August 2018. The festival, organized by the Italian organization Un Ponte Per… (UPP) in cooperation...