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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Covid-19 and Climate Change – In an Online Seminar by Humat Dijlah

The global impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns is prompting those concerned with environmentalism to discuss the post-pandemic world. Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues. Many experts have stated that climate change must be mitigated through global solidarity, similar to the solidarity the world experienced during the pandemic. In this regard, Humat […]

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“Sports Against Violence” Organizes a Webinar to Discuss Women’s Sports in Iraq

Supporting and encouraging women’s sports is about far more than promoting the importance of physical activity, it also includes cultural and developmental elements. Women’s sports promote powerful social messages that advance women’s rights and freedom beyond a theoretical level to a level of practical application and behavioral practice. From this perspective, the “Sports Against Violence” […]

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Protests Begin Again in Southern Iraq as the Government Prepares to Count and Honor Victims of the Demonstrations

New Arab Baghdad – Bara Al-Shammari 18 May 2020 As tensions rise between nonviolent Al-Kazemis and the Iraqi security forces in the streets and public squares of several southern cities, the government of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi issued a statement saying that it would start the process of counting the victims who have died in […]

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Girls and Women Caught Between Domestic Violence and Lockdown

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) continues its live webinars: this time with a particular focus on women, in an effort to build cross-community solidarity and promote peace as well as human rights around the world. In the face of the political, social, and economic anguish caused by this pandemic, ICSSI in collaboration with […]

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Security Forces in Iraqi Kurdistan Detain 8 Journalists in Duhok Covering Protest; Charge 4

The Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ New York, May 18, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention of at least eight Kurdish Iraqi journalists covering a protest in Duhok on May 16 and called on the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan to drop all charges pending against four of them. On May […]

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Solidarity in Times of Covid-19: Read the Report of the Mesopotamian Water Forum Virtual Assembly

From 16-17 May 2020 the Virtual Assembly of the Mesopotamian Water Forum took place online, an initiative of Save the Tigris Campaign. With the world in the grip of the Covid-19 crisis, and the countries of the Tigris-Euphrates under lockdown, this 2-day event was an opportunity to connect digitally and express solidarity across the basin […]

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Will Passing the Domestic Violence Law Reduce Violence Against Women?

Dialogue on violence against women The She Revolution group held a webinar on 3 May 2020 entitled “A Dialogue on Violence Against Women.” The webinar coincided with other events in the surrounding days aimed at increasing public pressure on the Iraqi government to pass the Domestic Violence Act. The group hosted three speakers close to […]

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Iraq’s New Government Must Deliver on Promises to End Impunity for Deaths and Human Rights Violations of the Protesters

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) has supported the non-violent protesters who have been demonstrating since October 1, 2019 for economic reform and employment, reliable public services, an end to corruption, credible elections and reform of the political system. The violence, killings, and violations of freedom of expression and assembly with which government and […]

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The First Virtual Assembly for Water in Iraq 2020, an Early Step Towards the Second Mesopotamia Water Forum

After the remarkable success of the Mesopotamia Water Forum, which was held last year in 2019 in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the campaign to save the Iraqi Tigris and Marshes plans to organize a digital forum that brings together the countries of the Tigris and Euphrates basins, to continue the efforts that started last year. In […]

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Iraq’s Hit — City of Fire — Recalls the Massacres of Daesh

Al Araby Al Jadeed Baghdad – Bara Al-Shammari, Salam Al-Jaf 28 April 2020 The people of the western Iraqi city of Hit, the third largest city in Anbar province after Fallujah and Ramadi, are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the liberation of their city from the control of Daesh. In late April 2016, after violent […]

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Threats to Journalists and a Free Press Rise in Iraq

Freedom of the press and freedom of expression are facing serious threats in Iraq, according to a new report of the Iraqi Women Journalists’ Forum (IWJF). The Forum has recorded more than 100 instances of killings and serious threats against journalists; in addition, 32 media outlets have been subjected to blackmail and defamation. All of […]

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Walking Arts and the Musical Ensemble Mshakht Connect People During the Pandemic

Associazione Ya Basta For the past 30 years, moving freely around Iraq has been particularly difficult, as in all countries living in a state of constant war and conflict. Now the Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions caused by it have created a new very complex situation. “Walking Arts – Art, Culture & Heritage” was founded […]

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