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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ICSSI Internal Regulations

ICSSI Internal Regulations 1.ICSSI ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS (AoM) DEFINITION AND MAIN FUNCTIONS The Assembly of Members is the ICSSI guiding body. It is responsible for: Supervising the ICSSI Strategy Implementation, and eventual changes that may be required to it due to context transformations. Supervising the ICSSI Coordinating NGO, the Secretariat, the coordinators’ work, the activities […]

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Final Declaration of ICSSI 2022 Conference Sulaymaniyah, 11th-16th March 2022 Introduction ICSSI held its 11th international conference in Sulaymaniyah from 11th to 13th March 2022. Civil society activists from all over Iraq and from abroad gathered in Iraqi Kurdistan for a three-day conference to discuss the current situation within Iraqi civil society. Three years have […]

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Mission Statement 2014

Solidarity in Action! MISSION STATEMENTThe Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is an advocacy initiative working to build concrete links of solidarity between international civil society organizations and the growing Iraqi civil society. We support advocacy campaigns and projects that promote human rights, a just peace, and all efforts to oppose sectarian conflict, corruption and […]

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Iraqi observatory for workers and employees’ rights second annul Report

n the light of the economic circumstances Iraq is suffering from – due to the absence of a clear economic vision, rampant corruption and the significant influence on the lives of workers through the great increase in the numbers of unemployed despite the mend in oil prices – the Iraqi workers are still suffering from severe living conditions. Despite seven months passing since the parliament elections procedures, a new government has not been formed yet. The Iraqi observatory workers’ and employees’ rights hence saw the release of the second annual report on the occasion of the first of May for the national workers’ Day.

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Gulf Centre for Human Rights’s periodic report on human rights violations in the Kurdistan region

GCHR Security forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan region continue to commit violations against civil society activists and journalists, as well as clerics and other citizens, who criticise the performance of the local government, or express their opinions in various media and social media. The security authorities violate freedom of opinion and expression, and throw those […]

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Peace is inevitable; stop the war

Ever since the 24th of February 2022, we have been closely following and monitoring the conflicted Ukraine- Russia war situation and its effects on the lives of both country’s citizens. Hitherto, “war” is never an obscure or foreign concept to us Iraqis but rather a living reality we still witness up until this very day […]

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On April 17, the Turkish military forces launched a new military operation called Claw-Lock in Avastin, Zap, and Matina in the Amedi region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Currently, helicopters are flying over the city of Deraluk and Shiladze, bombarding the surrounding mountains. For years, the civilian population in the areas north of the Iraqi Kurdistan border […]

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Building More Large Dams Threatens Southern Iraq and Increases Drought and Water Scarcity: No More False Solutions

Statement by Save the Tigris – Amsterdam, April 15, 2022 Our concern is growing over the Iraqi governments’ persistence and insistence on building more large dams on the Tigris River and its main tributaries, a river that is already facing many negative consequences from existing large dams. Iraqis ignoring the advice of its own water […]

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Stop Water Wars! Do Not Weaponize Dams and Other Critical Infrastructure

Save The Tigris Campaign Save The Tigris strongly condemns President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with Russians opposed to the war. We uphold the right of all peoples to self-determination and oppose the imperialisms of all shades – whatever their national or institutional origins – that […]

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Statement: Ensuing the Arrest Warrants Against Human Rights Defenders in Basra, WE REFUSE TO BE SILENCED!

The Iraqi provinces that witnessed angry demonstrations in October 1st, 2019, which demanded the end of corruption and nepotism in all parts of the Iraqi state, accountability for those causing the disruption the country is facing, grant and guarantee freedoms, and end the restrictions imposed by the authorities and armed groups, are still unsafe environments […]

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Hope for democracy in Iraq as political violence escalates

Iraq is at a crossroads as the losers of the country’s recent elections are using violence in an attempt to overturn the results of the vote. At the same time, a genuine opposition is emerging for the first time. Over the past month, there has been an increase in political violence in Iraq again. But, […]

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For Teaching Kurdish, Iranian Authorities Sentence Zara Mohammedi to 5 years in Prison

Rudaw A Kurdish language teacher and activist, who has been sentenced to five years by Iranian authorities on national security charges, turned herself in on Saturday following a final ruling from court about her case. Zara Mohammadi was charged with “establishing a committee and group that is against the stability and security of the system” […]

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