Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative

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 Call to Release the Detainees of the Peaceful Protest Movement in Iraq

Iraqi organizations and unions call for the release of detained activists of the peaceful protest movement in Iraq. The names of some of those activists are shown below. The detainees are activists of the protest movement demanding a decent and free life where job opportunities are available. These activists are demanding the reform of the political system, ending corruption and sectarian quotas, preserving Iraq’s wealth, and ensuring the safety and security of its citizens. Security forces in some Iraqi provinces are trying to silence activists by arresting them and restricting their freedoms. These forces are trying to end the protest movement by spreading fear and terror in the hearts of citizens.

Security forces arrested one activist from Anbar province, Abdullah Nazim Saleh, from his home without an arrest warrant because of a Facebook post he wrote supporting the Iraqi protests and endorsing civil disobedience. Activist Samir Rashid Mahmoud has also been detained and his family is not allowed to visit him in prison. Security forces have also demanded that the families of the detainees leave Anbar province at once or else they will be removed from the province by force.

In Nasiriyah, security forces have detained a number of activists. While some activists have been released, like the activist Ammar Al-Hammadi, many remain in prison. Security forces are continuing to hold activists Ali Gasib and Safwan Essam. No information has been released about the conditions of their arrest or when they will be released.

Organizations and unions, as signatories on this statement, demand the Iraqi government disclose information about all detainees and immediately release them. We demand disclosure of the identity of the armed groups carrying out these arrests, abductions, and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators. Freedom to demonstrate is a constitutionally guaranteed right that must never be compromised.

The mass arrests carried out in order to disperse demonstrations violate the Iraqi Constitution and the universal principles of human rights. We also address the United Nations and its institutions, and all international organizations concerned with Iraqi affairs, and ask that you stand in solidarity with the Iraqis in their peaceful protests. We ask that you pressure the Iraqi government to ensure the safety of demonstrators and not deprive the Iraqi people of their fundamental rights.

Signed on this call:

General Federation of Trade Unions of Iraq

National Union of Journalists

Syndicate of Engineering

Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq

Information Center for Research and Development

Al Namaa Center for Human Rights

Tammuz Organization for Social Development

Citizenship Society for Human Rights

Ashure Banipal Social Association

The Tigris River Protectors Association

Sport against violence

Ufuq Organization for Human Development

Al-Ghad Organization for Dialogue and Development

Shaqofian Organization for Development and Culture

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)

Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM)

Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity

Nawaat Center for Human Development

Women for Peace

Iraqi Center for Labor Culture

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