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 Statement from the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative’s Freedom of Speech Path and Civil Society Organizations

Following the assassination of Dr. Al-Hashemi, we will not allow the truth to be assassinated! The government must find and bring the criminals responsible to justice, it must put an end to the unregulated use of weapons and protect the civil liberties of all Iraqis. With great sorrow and grief, we, the Iraqi people together […]

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Reactions to the Assassination of Al-Hashemi and the Urgent Need to Establish an Investigation Commission to Bring Those Responsible to Justice

New Arab Baghdad – Bara al-Shammari The assassination of the Iraqi security expert and researcher, Hisham Al-Hashemi, by gunmen in Baghdad on Monday evening, 6 July 2020, prompted immediate local and international responses. These were accompanied by calls to put an end to the use of weapons outside state control and a firm commitment to […]

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The UN Security Council: Iraq and Turkey Must Solve Their Problems Politically, Not Militarily

Rudaw Sheren Kelo The head of the United Nations Security Council called on Iraq and Turkey to solve their problems, politically and not militarily, while commenting on the military operations of the Turkish forces in southern Kurdistan. He called what is happening in the region “disturbing.” On 15 June, Turkey began a military operation in […]

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New Report by Save the Tigris Reviews the Dam Construction Policies of the Kurdistan Region

According to the UNDP, the water discharge of the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers is set to decrease by 50% between 2009 and 2025. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which governs the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, recognizes water security as a priority. To tackle the issues of climate change, upstream dam construction and mismanagement, the strategic goal of […]

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Iraq: Sixth periodic report on violations during popular demonstrations

Nine months after the October 2019 demonstrations, human rights violations are still being committed against peaceful demonstrators in Baghdad and the rest of Iraq. The number of demonstrators has declined in the past few months as a consequence of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, for fear of spreading the virus. Following the escalation of the […]

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Hawija District: Shadow of Violence, Peace Horizons!

Shadow of Violence, Peace Horizons, a report put together by the Network for Development and Democracy to highlight Hawija district, an Iraqi town west of Kirkuk and north of Baghdad. The report addresses the historical, political, and economic background of Hawija as well as the events surrounding ISIS’s control over the town and its aftermath […]

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Minorities in Iraq

A recent TV drama deeply touched viewers by exploring the brutal crimes committed by Daesh against a number of religious and national minorities, bringing the debate over minorities once again into public consciousness. Has ‘the minorities problem’ ended with the end of Daesh, or is their protection and the preservation of their rights still a […]

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Zakho Villagers Flee After Turkey Bombs Iraqi Kurdistan

Rudaw Yusuf Musa ZAKHO, Kurdistan Region —  Villages in the border region of Zakho have been emptied and placed under lockdown due to recent Turkish airstrikes.  Delila Derbas and her husband left the village of Kashan, where they had lived for 18 years, after Turkish airstrikes hit their home on June 16. “They attacked our […]

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IRAQ’S HEALTH SYSTEM AT RISK: THE STRUGGLE TO FIGHT COVID-19 AND SAVE LIVES

epic The COVID-19 pandemic, which for the first few months seemed to mysteriously spare Iraq’s exposed population, is now hitting the country of 39 million and its under-resourced health system hard. The main cause has been poor compliance with social distancing policies by many Iraqis who haven’t taken the pandemic seriously or prefer to risk […]

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Nonviolent Communication

She Revolution group held a webinar on nonviolent communication in cooperation with the Lebanese Organization Fighters for Peace on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in an interactive atmosphere that shows the importance of variation and the necessity of seeking an inclusive society that accepts all the differences. The training was conducted by the Lebanese trainer, Fouad […]

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Decentralization in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

A new report by the Alternatives Network for Development and Democracy examines the attitudes of citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) concerning decentralization of government administration. While finding that an overwhelming majority, 74% of those surveyed, support greater decentralization, the report cautions that there are also significant disagreements about exactly how to transfer […]

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Girls and Women: Caught between Lockdown and Domestic Violence

Worldwide, lockdowns and curfews imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic have caused a dramatic increase in gender-based violence, female suicide, and cases of domestic abuse. In Iraq, women are experiencing these violations without effective laws to protect them, lacking information about their legal options, and with significant fear of filing complaints due to inaction by […]

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