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.

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A National Initiative By Civil Society to Support the Nonviolent October Uprising in Iraq

In order to defend and sustain human rights, public freedoms and the national, economic, social and cultural interests of all Iraqis, whatever their religious, ethnic, or political affiliation, we, members of trade unions, professional and labor unions and Iraqi civil society organizations, announce here a national initiative to support the nonviolent October uprising which has led to […]

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Shiite protesters get broad backing throughout Iraq

ِAl-Monitor – Saad Salloum The crowd in Baghdad’s Mohammed al-Qasim Street on Oct. 31 was not caused solely by a street vendor selling Iraqi flags for 1,000 dinars (less than $1). The street, the longest highway that wraps around the perimeter of Baghdad, had never seen so many flags flying from the windows of every passing car, in a show […]

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Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters

Human Rights Watch Fire Teargas, Live Ammunition; Destroy Medical Tents (Beirut) – Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas and live ammunition, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks have left at least one medic dead. “Medics have […]

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Are The Iraqi Protests Over?

AlHurra Mushriq Abbass It is clear that the political forces and the armed militias that control the decisions of Iraqi officials have chosen categorically not to look at any of the data emerging from the Iraqi protests, and will not consider productive options about how to deal with them. Instead they have chosen the easy […]

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Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water

By Alexandra Marvar – The Nation, 11 November 2019 In times of conflict, war, and climate change, hydropower is state power Since the early 2000s, a massive hydropower project in southeastern Turkey has been mired in controversy, moving forward in fits and starts. But as of this past July, construction is finally complete. As the […]

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Civil Society Groups Meet in Erbil to Identify Solutions and Recommendations for the Crisis in Iraq

Civil society organizations condemn the repression of peaceful protesters and call for authorities to respect freedom of opinion and expression. 32 civil organizations representing all Iraqi provinces held a meeting in Erbil as part of the project, ‘Middle East Forum 2019 – End Wars and Create Peace’. Organized by the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) […]

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The Fight for a New Iraq

By Mina Al-Oraibi – The New York Times Protests and the violent response of the government have shredded the myth of state-sponsored sectarianism as the organizing principle for political power. The persistence and magnitude of protests in Iraq since early October and the brutality of Iraqi government forces and militias seeking to crush them have shaken […]

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Mounting toll in Iraq protests as internet cut again

Baghdad (AFP) | November 5, 2019 A mounting death toll in Baghdad and across southern Iraq coupled with reimposed internet restrictions sparked concerns on Tuesday that anti-government protests would once again trigger chaos. A first wave of protests that erupted on October 1 met with brutal violence, with at least 157 people killed over six […]

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Human rights violations ongoing: UN Second Special Report on protests in Iraq

UNAMI – Baghdad, 5 November 2019 UNAMI has found that serious human rights violations and abuses continued to occur during the second wave of demonstrations that started in Iraq on 25 October. A second report, prepared by the UNAMI Human Rights Office, was published today. It follows an earlier special report which covered the 1-9 […]

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Act Now to Protect People and the Environment

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, 6 November 2019 The international community needs to take bold actions before, during and after armed conflicts to protect people and the environment. That is the call being made today by 102 NGOs and experts from 33 countries to mark the […]

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Join Us in Supporting the Peaceful/Nonviolent October Uprising in Iraq

Join Us, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, in Supporting the Peaceful/Nonviolent October Uprising in Iraq #WITH_IRAQIS The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative calls on the international community to show its solidarity with the peaceful/nonviolent October uprising in Iraq, sparked by the frustrations and hopes of Iraqi youth who are determined to create a better, […]

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Iraq: Gruesome string of fatalities as new tear gas grenades pierce protesters’ skulls

Amnesty International CONTENT WARNING: Some of the information and imagery below is very graphic and some users might find them disturbing. The Iraqi authorities must ensure anti-riot police and other security forces in Baghdad immediately stop using two previously unseen types of tear gas grenade to kill rather than disperse protesters, Amnesty International urged today after […]

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