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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.
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...
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...
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...
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

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...
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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

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 protection of people...
Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

Mystery Over Thousands of Dead Carp in Euphrates River

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 be seen on...
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

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 the campaign thus...
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...
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 in the Abbasiya area. Another...
First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah April 2019 – Call for Contributions!

First Mesopotamian Water Forum Announced for Sulaymaniyah April 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 from 5-7 April 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...
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...