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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Launch of Sumereen: Socio-economic growth through eco-tourism in Thi Qar

PRESS RELEASE Thi Qar, 26 August 2020- Funded by the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be supporting socio-economic growth through eco-tourism and cultural heritage preservation in the Governorate of Thi Qar, south of Iraq. Virtually launched, project Sumereen: Sumerian Youth for Economic Development and Cultural Heritage, will be implemented in […]

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Activists continue to be killed in Basra

AlMonitor The killing of an Iraqi activist in Basra took place even as Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was visiting Washington; it was just the latest in a series of violent attacks against protesters and others in the southern city. As the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue continued with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington, […]

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For How Long Will The Assassination of Activists Continue?

Our colleague and activist, Lodya Raymond, along two other colleagues were subjected, today, to a failed assassination attempt using firearms. The armed men stepped out of their vehicle in broad day light in Basra, and opened fire against our colleagues. She and the other two activists were injured and were immediately rushed to the hospital.The […]

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A Letter of Solidarity from Iraqi Civil Society to Civil Society in Lebanon

We’ve lit candles and raised the Lebanese flag in our cities and towns, we’ve prayed for mercy for all the injured and martyrs, but we’ve found that this solidarity is not enough. So we’ve chosen now to express our feelings of support with this letter of solidarity. Let us highlight the common denominators that unite the […]

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Turkey strikes PKK targets in Iraqi Kurdistan Sulaimaniyah province

Al-Monitor It is less common for Turkey to bomb the Kurdish armed group there. More of the Turkey-PKK conflict in Iraq takes place in Dahuk near the Turkish border. Turkey bombed multiple possible Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in Iraq this week. The airstrikes took place in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimaniyah province, which is a […]

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The COVID Pandemic: A Challenge or an Opportunity for Civil Society Organizations in Iraq and Kurdistan Region?

The Peace and Freedom Organization, based in Erbil, has issued a new report monitoring the work of civil society organizations and the impact on freedom of expression during the time of the COVID pandemic. The report has been translated into three languages: Arabic, Kurdish and English. Below are listed some key conclusions and recommendations relating […]

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IRAQ, LEGACY OF TERROR: THE PLIGHT OF YEZIDI CHILD SURVIVORS OF ISIS.. NEW REPORT FROM AMNESTY

AMNESTY Between 2014 and 2017 the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Yezidi community in Iraq. A UN Commission of Inquiry concluded in 2015 that IS committed acts against the Yezidi community that amount to genocide. Yezidi children were abducted by IS and enslaved, […]

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Six Years After Yazidi Massacre, US Urged to Take ‘Bolder Action’

Al-Monitor Iraq’s Yazidis say the threat from the Islamic State and other extremist groups is preventing them from returning home. The United States must take “bolder action” to address threats posed to the Yazidis, a US religious freedom official said Monday, as Iraq’s long-persecuted minority marked the sixth anniversary of the terrorist rampage on their homeland. “The US government […]

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A Statement by Kurdistan Social Forum Calling to Release Zara Mohammadi

The Iranian state needs to be pressured to guarantee freedom of expression. Zara Muhamadi a Kurdish well-known civil activist has been arrested by the Iranian authority and sentenced by the Iranian Islamic revolutionary court for 10 years. The only reason, She was a volunteer Kurdish teacher, teaching Kurdish language voluntarily and distributing some sweets on […]

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Invitation to Sign the Petition: Demanding Justice for Husham Alhashimi

This is an effort by activists, and supporters demanding justice for the brutal murder of Husham Alhashimi and the persistent killings of many innocent lives across Iraq. – We call on a full investigation of the assassination of Husham Alhashimi, We call on a thorough and transparent selection process of the persons assigned to investigate. […]

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German Art Curator Kidnapped in Iraq

Rights activist and art curator Hella Mewis was kidnapped outside her office in Baghdad by unidentified men. The incident is the latest in a series of abductions of anti-government activists. DW / adi/rc (AFP, dpa) A German national was kidnapped on Monday night by unidentified militants in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, rights activists said. Hella Mewis, […]

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The Rights of Workers and Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Iraqi Observatory of Worker and Employee Rights, Report 1 (2020) The first report issued by the Iraqi Observatory of Worker and Employee Rights monitored the period from 1 – 31 May 2020 in order to assess the status of workers’ rights given the strained economic conditions in Iraq. Because there is no clear economic vision […]

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