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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.
Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

Urim Workshop Highlights the Role of Civil Society in the Protection of the Iraqi Cultural Heritage

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In recent years, Iraqi civil society has witnessed a number of local and international initiatives to protect Iraq’s cultural heritage. These initiatives have been spearheaded by young people interested in Iraqi civilization, which spans thousands of years. The efforts of these young activists...
Women's Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government's Progress on CEDAW

Women’s Participation in Decision-Making Centers: the Iraqi Government’s Progress on CEDAW

عربي | Arabic In 2018 the government of Iraq submitted its interim report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to the United Nations. Through this Convention, Iraq commits itself to end all political, economic, social, cultural, civil and other forms of discrimination...
The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy"

The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy”

عربي | Arabic  On 24 November 2018, at the Baghdad Academy of Humanities, as part of the Iraqi Social Forum’s 5th season, the Arts of Peace team launched a campaign against indiscriminate gunfire in Baghdad: gunshots are often used as an expression of joy and celebration but also result in...
Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

Decision : 42 COM 7B.66: The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities (Iraq) (C/N 1481)

عربي | Arabic The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.16, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Welcomes establishment of an inter-ministerial committee for the management of the property, the completion of the Strategy for Water and Land Resources in Iraq (SWLRI) and the recognition of the Iraqi...
A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

A Successful 5th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum Concludes Its Activities in Baghdad

Arabic | عربي For the first time since its launch in 2013, the annual event of the Iraqi Social Forum extended its activities to last an entire week, demonstrating the impact of 6-years of hard work to improve the lives of all Iraqi people. The season opened with three consecutive...
Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

Registration For the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum is Open!

The Mesopotamian Water Forum is an alternative civil society forum for water, an open space to give voice to those who are marginalized and excluded from the discussion about water management in the Mesopotamian region. It will be held from 5-7 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and...
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Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam

Arabic | عربي   +++ Mesopotamia Ecology Movement +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Disaster Flood in the Tigris – Made by a Turkish Dam Press Release, 19.12.2018 On the evening of the 13th December 2018 one of the three spillway gates of the Dicle Dam at the Tigris River in Turkish-Kurdistan has broken....
Al Diwaniyah Forum Works to Resolve the Water Scarcity Crisis in Al-Badeer

Al Diwaniyah Forum Works to Resolve the Water Scarcity Crisis in Al-Badeer

Arabic | عربي Farmers in the Al-Badeer region from Kut province depend on water from the Euphrates River. Water shortages this year have caused massive damage to agricultural areas, drastically impacting the livelihood of farmers in the region. The Al-Diwaniyah Forum for Environment and Peace is currently working on this water scarcity crisis. The Forum’s...
An Alternative Vision For the Iraqi National Budget

An Alternative Vision For the Iraqi National Budget

عربي | Arabic The role of civil society is not limited merely to highlighting societal problems: it must propose valid alternatives to the status quo in order to assist public authorities to bring about real change. Given this, activists from the Iraqi Social Forum will carry out and publish research based on proposals from Iraqi...
Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Arabic | عربي “Music is the only language that all humans can understand for it refines the mind and the soul; it’s the only language that knocks on the doors of human emotions”  — Ali Al-khafaf,32 years old, Al-Najaf city Ali, an ambitious young man who believes that music is a benevolent human force, dreamed...
10 Years of Solidarity in Action!

10 Years of Solidarity in Action!

Arabic | عربي Acting together, we grow stronger and do more! Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference for Strategic Planning For the first time in its 10-year history, ICSSI convenes in Baghdad. 31 January – 1 February 2019 For decades, solidarity with Iraq has been an important issue and has engaged internationals who know and love...
Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Arabic | عربي 17 November 2018 In just one week, the Najaf Social Forum organized 4 different and exciting events. The first took place on 26 September and built upon a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. People gathered together under the Bridge of the Revolution of 1920...
Iraqi and British activists protest BP’s sponsorship of Assyrian exhibition

Iraqi and British activists protest BP’s sponsorship of Assyrian exhibition

Arabic | عربي Middle East Eye Oscar Rickett 7 November 2018 The British Museum’s latest show is a celebration of Iraqi culture. Why is an oil giant accused of exploiting Iraq sponsoring it, protesters ask. British Iraqi activists protest BP’s sponsorship of an ancient Iraqi exhibition at the British Museum (Kristian Buus) LONDON – Activists staged...
Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

عربي | Arabic  The 5th season of the Iraqi Social Forum will be held from 22-30 November under the slogan ”Citizenship”. Civil society organizations, trade unions, labor and professional unions, along with dozens of young women and men involved in the teams and working groups of the ISF are preparing for a week of activities...
Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

عربي | Arabic 20 passionate youth activists from cities along the Euphrates River have established a network of Humat Al-Forat, “Euphrates Protectors”, a new offshoot of Humat Dijlah (Tigris Protectors) Organisation. From 2-3 November in Nasiriyah these activists from Basra, Hilla, Najaf, Nasiriyah and Anbar gathered together with youth from Amara, Diyala to announce the...
Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Arabic | عربي Human security requires environmental security Joint statement on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6 2018 Original statement here Today, our group of concerned civil society organisations, which includes academics, experts and scientists, are calling for the international community to enhance the...
Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

عربي | Arabic  On 17 October 2018, a civil society Fact-Finding Team revealed serious human rights violations against citizens in Basra for their participation in this past summer’s protests. These findings correspond with Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, which found that between 1 August and 7 September, 20 people were killed, 492 people were...
Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

Arabic | عربي  The New Arab, 3 November 2018 Iraqi fish farmers south of Baghdad have been left reeling after finding thousands of dead carp mysteriously floating in their cages or washed up on the banks of the Euphrates. Piles of the dead silvery fish, along with a few car tyres and plastic bags, could...