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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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Shahad Qusay, 20 years old, had her first volunteering experience with Sports Against Violence (SAV) last year in a camp the organization hosted in Dukan. Shahad attends the University of Baghdad – College of Physical Education and works in parallel with her studies to support her family. She found an excellent opportunity to learn and...
North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

عربي | Arabic In March 2018 a North-South exchange between Iraqi and Kurdish water activists took place in Southern Iraq with a Kurdish delegation touring the Marshlands. This fostered new collaboration between environmental groups in Kurdistan Region and in the Center/South of Iraq. In September, this visit was reciprocated with a visit to Sulaymaniyah Governorate...
2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

عربي | Arabic From 24-25 October 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the second chapter of the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) was written. While the country is anticipating a new government in Baghdad and a new government for the Kurdistan Region following elections last month, civil society activists from across the region participated in the...
The Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Activists Support Women’s Rights

The Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Activists 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 in decision-making roles. This broader...
A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

Arabic | عربي 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 support for...
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 Sulaymaniyah from 24-25 October 2018...
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 leaders, local authorities and civil...
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 back to 550 BC when...