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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Message from Humat Dijlah and Save the Tigris on the Occasion of World Water Day

Today the world celebrates World Water Day, representing a global opportunity to review water resource management policies and our consumption of the most important natural resource associated with our existence and our livelihood. Today the world is reminded of the many threats to which our water sources, rivers, lakes, ponds, marshes and oceans are exposed, […]

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Iraq, US to Resume New Round of Strategic Dialogue

Al-Monitor Iraq and the US have agreed to resume strategic talks over their mutual relationship and further US troop withdrawals. Baghdad has requested a new round of strategic talks with the United States over the future of their relationship, including the topic of troop withdrawal. The discussions will start next month. “We look forward to […]

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Iraqi President Says Early Elections Will Go Ahead Despite Insecurity

The National News Iraq is on track to hold national elections in October, but the road will be difficult as a result of the delicate security situation, President Barham Salih said on Tuesday. Mr Salih was asked in an interview with Sky News Arabia whether the elections will be held in time amid the assassinations of activists and […]

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Water Shortage Crisis Escalating Between Turkey, Iraq and Syria

SavetheTigris “The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, originating in Turkey and flowing downstream over the borders of Syria and Iraq have become a major issue which impacts on diplomatic relations between the three states. However, the people of Iraq have been harmed the most due to the water policies, since parts of the rivers in Iraq […]

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Baghdad’s Mustansiriya Madrassa Ready for World Heritage List

Al-Monitor Iraq’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities announced on Feb. 5 the launch of the rehabilitation project for Mustansiriya Madrassa, a historic school building established in the capital Baghdad during the Abbasid Caliphate in 1230. The ministry refutes the news of restorations in the historical structure that may harm its historical value. Recent photos had spread of four sewage pipes penetrating the complex’s external wall overlooking […]

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Appeal Upon the Launch of an International Campaign “End Cross-Boarder Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan”

The Christian Peacemaker Team-Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT-IK), the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), and the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) call upon Iraqi and international civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations to join the international campaign to End Cross-Border Bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey and Iran have conducted cross-border military operations—bombings, drone surveillance, and attacks by […]

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Monitoring Sources of Financing of Iraqi Parties: A Slogan not Applicable

The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) recently announced its intention to begin monitoring sources of funding for Iraqi parties. “The commission will implement the clause on organizing electoral campaigns for the parties that will participate in the upcoming elections and monitoring their funding sources according to the election law,” IHEC spokeswoman, Jumana Al-Ghalai said. […]

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Iraq: Popular Poet Jaseb Hattab Al-Heliji, Father of Kidnapped Human Rights Lawyer, Assassinated

 GCHR The whole of Iraq was distressed after the news spread of the assassination of popular poet Jaseb Hattab Al-Heliji, father of kidnapped human rights lawyer Ali Al-Heliji, reports the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). Ali Al-Heliji was kidnapped on 07 October 2019 in the city of Amara, the capital of Maysan Governorate. On 10 March 2021, Jaseb […]

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A Letter to His Holiness: Intervention to Advocate for Targeted Activists and Protestors as well as the Forcibly Disappeared in Iraq

We, the undersigned, are addressing Your Holiness to request that you support Iraqi activists, protestors, and the forcibly disappeared during your visit to Iraq. We are calling on your vast wisdom to be a voice for those groups, and advocate for bettering their conditions with government and community leaders during your upcoming visit to Iraq. […]

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Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab!

savethetigris Save the Tigris Campaign is a coalition of civil society organisations from nine countries concerned with water justice in the Tigris-Euphrates basin. Our commitment is to the sustainable and equitable use of water for the sustenance of all, regardless of nationality or religion. We believe that the obstacles to this goal are rooted in […]

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New Turkish Military Action Threatens Villagers Lives and Communities

On February 10-15, Turkish government carried out a new military offensive, “Claw-Eagle 2”, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Campaign to End Cross-Border Bombings denounces this action, which is a resumption of military activities that have devastated civilians in the region for decades. We call on the governments in Ankara, Baghdad and Erbil as […]

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What Does It Mean to Continue Demonstrations?

Falah-Mousa Iraq and Lebanon have political diversity that distinguishes them from many Arab countries. What makes that diversity special is that it is connected to fragile or formal democracies, and to elections that do not bring any real changes in the shape or substance of the state in both countries. Over the years, this has […]

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