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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The Climate Crisis is a Human Rights Crisis

HRW Rights Should be at Center of COP26 Climate Deliberations As world leaders gather in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) this week, the stakes could not be higher. From burning forests to sweltering cities, parched farmlands to storm-battered coasts, the climate crisis is taking a mounting toll on lives and livelihoods around the globe. […]

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Iraq: Yezidi Reparations Law Progress Welcome, but More Must be Done to Assist Survivors

New regulations passed by Iraq’s parliament in September on the Yazidi Survivors Law mark long-overdue progress for many who suffered atrocities committed by the Islamic State (IS) armed group, Amnesty International said. However, the Iraqi authorities must do more to address the needs of all survivors, including by specifically providing reparations for children who were […]

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Into Thin Air: New Report by Save the Tigris Examines Evaporation Losses From Dam Reservoirs in Iraq

Iraq is facing a mounting water crisis. With temperatures rising, drought conditions becoming more extreme, and riparian states further restricting flows into Iraq, the country’s water supply is shrinking even as demand is rising. In response, Iraq has doubled down on dam construction. Dams continue to be promoted across Iraq as a means of storing […]

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Militias Protest After Losses in Iraqi Election

al-monitor The results of Iraq’s Oct. 10 parliamentary elections came as a shock to political parties affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units, as they lost more than half of their seats in parliament. BAGHDAD — Supporters of political parties associated with militias that lost big in the last elections have been protesting for seven days […]

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GCHR Activities During UN Human Rights Council’s 48th Session

GCHR The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) was involved in various advocacy activities during the 48th session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, which ran from 13 September to 11 October 2021. GCHR organized and participated in five online side events and meetings to carry out advocacy to enhance the protection […]

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Five Duhok detainees to be released: lawyer

Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Five of the detainees from Duhok whose cases prompted an international outcry from media watchdogs, human rights groups, and diplomats are expected to be released on Thursday, one of their lawyers told Rudaw. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has come under fire for the prosecution of the dozens of people […]

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Realities of Climate-Induced Migration in Iraq’s Southern Cities

IOM Environmental degradation over the last 10 years has severely damaged Iraq’s agricultural sector. Worsening water scarcity and quality have left the sector unable to support sufficient and sustainable livelihoods, particularly in rural areas, where it has long been the main workforce employer. This has directly contributed to the migration of rural populations in search […]

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GCHR’s 19th Periodic Report on Human Rights Violations in Iraq

GCHR This is the nineteenth periodic report issued by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) since January 2020, documenting the human rights situation in Iraq. It covers the recent elections that took place on 10 October 2021, the peaceful protests taking place in the country, harassment of civil society activists, journalists, and the media, […]

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GCHR’s Periodic Report on Human Rights Violations in the Kurdistan Region

GCHR Authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq continue to violate freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly by suppressing online expression and targeting journalists and Internet activists. In this periodic report on the region, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) also documents the assassinations and arrests of civil society and political activists. […]

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Iraqi Election 2021: EU Election Observation Mission Releases its ‘Preliminary’ Results

K24 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Following its monitoring of the early Iraqi parliamentary elections, the European Election Observation Mission (EUOM) published an early version of its report containing its general assessment of the process. In a press conference held in Baghdad, Viola von Cramon, the chief observer of the EUOM, and Domenec Ruiz Devesa, the […]

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Turnout in Iraq’s Election Reached 41% – Electoral Commission

Reuters BAGHDAD, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Initial turnout in Iraq’s parliamentary election on Sunday was 41%, the electoral commission said, in a sign of dwindling trust in political leaders although participation was not nearly as low as election officials had earlier feared. A result would not dramatically alter the balance of power in Iraq or […]

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Security Forces, IDPs Cast Votes Early in Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections

al-monitor Early voting has opened in Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Early voting is underway for Iraq’s parliamentary elections, with soldiers, prisoners, and displaced Iraqis heading to the polls on Friday to vote.  The elections are being held a year early, in keeping with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s campaign pledge. The vote was originally scheduled for […]

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