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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...
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...
11 Local Social Forums Gather in Baghdad for their National Meeting

11 Local Social Forums Gather in Baghdad for their National Meeting

Arabic | عربي   Eleven local social forums from different Iraqi cities met in Baghdad to discuss their role in the Iraqi social forum process. “We Love Iraq” meeting، Baghdad – 10/09/2018 The Karrada district, located in the heart of Baghdad, hosted a 3-day meeting of 11 social forums representing...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
Experts Meet to Address Pollution in the Alyahodia River

Experts Meet to Address Pollution in the Alyahodia River

The Babilia Social Forum held a research seminar on the challenges currently facing the Alyahodia River in Hilla. The seminar, held on 28 September at Abjad Foundation Hall, brought together university professors and environmental experts to identify problems and propose solutions for the increasingly polluted river. Alyahodia River (also called the Babylon or Nabo channel)...
'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...
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...
Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Arabic | عربي Laith Alobaidi – Nature Iraq / Humat Dijlah The Hawizeh Marshes form a large part of the famous Mesopotamian marshlands and southern Iraq, east of Tigris River on the Iraqi-Iranian border, shared between Iraq and Iran with the Iranian marshes known as Hor Al-Azim. They make up the largest wetland in this...
“I Love Dhi Qar” Forum Holds a Training Workshop on Human Development

“I Love Dhi Qar” Forum Holds a Training Workshop on Human Development

On the weekend of 3-4 August, “I Love Dhi Qar” Forum held a training workshop on developing the capabilities and abilities of its youth volunteers. Training consisted of four hours each day over the two days, and was held in the hall of Mashhovna Center in Nasiriyah. During the course of this training, several topics...
Iraq Holds the First POINT Conference in the Middle East

Iraq Holds the First POINT Conference in the Middle East

Arabic | عربي POINT Conference Iraq, held in Baghdad on 20-21 July, is a continuation of the POINT Conference that has been held annually in Sarajevo since 2012. POINT has become an important venue for activists and specialists to promote the use of technology and media to achieve goals set by NGOs and civil society...
Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Arabic | عربي The Guardian Maev Kennedy 9 August 2018 British Museum traces exact origin of treasures, brought to London after Saddam Hussein’s fall. A collection of 5,000-year-old antiquities looted from a site in Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and then seized by the Metropolitan police from a dealer in London, will be returned...