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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Now That You Have Destroyed Our Country, Withdrawing Is Not Enoughالانسحاب وحده ليس كافيا بعد تخريب البلاد وتدميرها Maintenant que vous avez détruit notre pays, partir ne suffit pas

To the American President Barak Obama Nine years ago your military invaded Iraq claiming two justifications:  the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the goal of spreading democracy.  The first pretext was proved absolutely false, which even former-president George Bush has admitted. This was shameful.  But in the name of spreading democracy, what Iraqis […]

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Marrakech meeting: “What strategies for social movements in light of dynamic changes?”

At a time of dramatic change at both a regional and global level, “Forum des Alternatives Maroc (FMAS)” took place on the 9th and 10th of December 2011 in Marrakech, Morocco. More than 240 participants representing more than 95 networks and organizations participated in the meetings. The forum was open to participants from all over […]

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Fifth Week of Nonviolence Highlights the Rights of the Child in Iraq

Ensuring opportunity, protection, and dignity for all children is crucial to building a free and democratic Iraq, and for that reason LAONF’s 5thAnnual Week of Nonviolence will focus on Children’s Rights. During a week of activities beginning on December 10, Human Rights Day, members of the nonviolence network throughout Iraq will conduct a coordinated campaign […]

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Press Release by the Iraqi delegation at the South Asian Social ForumCommuniqué de presse de la délégation irakienne au Forum Social d’Asie du Sud

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24th November 2011 An Iraqi delegation composed by eight members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative ( took part in the South Asian Social Forum (Dhaka, 18-22 November 2011, meeting local representatives of social movements, unions, professional organizations and political parties of Bangladesh. South-South coordination proved to be fundamental to break the isolation […]

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Iraqi delegation at the South Asian Social Forum (SASF) and meeting of the World Social Forum International Council in Dhaka, Bangladesh (18 – 25th November 2011)

Briefing by ICSSI staff (Ismaeel Dawood) South Asian Social Forum (SASF) and meeting of the World Social Forum International Council in Dhaka, Bangladesh (18 – 25th November 2011) Session on Iraq, 21st of November, 2011 During the Social Forum, a session titled “Towards the First Iraqi Social Forum” was organized by Alternatives International and ICSSI […]

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ICSSI Conference – Erbil 2011

Press Release November 16, 2011, Erbil, IRAQ   “Another Iraq is Possible with Peace and Human Rights,” agree 250 representatives of civil society organizations who met October 8-9 in Erbil, Iraq. A final declaration from their work together has been released this week in Arabic, Kurdish, French, Italian, and English and lays out a vision for […]

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First international Peace Marathon in Erbil

For the first time in Iraq, an international marathon took place in Erbil, on 7 October 2011. More information here:    

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3rd ICSSI Conference in Erbil, 8-9 October 2011

The third international conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) took place in Erbil, on 8 and 9 October 2011. It was a success, with more than 300 participants from all over Iraq and around the world. The final declaration of the conference is available in Arabic, English, French, Italian (PDF files). The agenda […]

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Join the 3rd Conference of the ICSSI – Erbil 2011

Join the 3rd Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Erbil (Iraq), 8-9 October 2011 and the 1st International Marathon in Iraq, for Peace and Nonviolence Erbil (Iraq), 7 October 2011 Another Iraq is possible, with peace and human rights! Iraqi civil society members including labor unions, NGOs, independent media agencies and individual activists […]

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Days of Rage: A Crucial Time for Iraqi Civil Society

Across Iraq, a nation devastated by war and long-term political oppression, a “Day of Rage” on February 25 and continuing public demonstrations over the following weeks have seen thousands of citizens take to the streets. As political protests multiply across the Arab world, offering models of nonviolent transformation in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as […]

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Final Declaration of the Second Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Conference

December 6-11, 2010 – Paris, France About 20 Iraqi and 20 international civil society organizations met in Paris from 6 to 11 December 2010 for an international conference titled ”Which Kind of Solidarity with Iraq.” At the meeting participants discussed the challenges that Iraqi people are facing, the issues on which the Iraqi civil society […]

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Final declaration of the first ICSSI conferenceDéclaration finale de la première conférence ICSSI

1. Trade unionists, activists for human rights and for women’s rights, members of Youth and students unions, members of Ngos, representatives of minorities, women and men, citizens of Iraq and from the international community, including America, Europe and Asia, gathered in Velletri from 25 to 30 March 2009. This was to discuss the challenges that […]

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