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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.
A Training Offered by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Masar (Path) Empowers Activists to Support Women’s Rights

A Training Offered by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Kahramana Masar (Path) Empowers Activists to Support Women’s Rights

There is no doubt that the feminist movement within Iraqi civil society has reached a new stage of maturity, enabling many activists to achieve goals, which previously seemed out of reach. Perhaps one of the most prominent signs of this success is the integration of women into organizations and institutions...
A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

A New Campaign Protects the Euphrates from Pollution

World Cleanup Day, 15 September, saw the launch of a new campaign by volunteers of the Peace Forum in Ramadi. They plan to defend Euphrates River against pollution, and they have joined up with the Ramadi Police Directorate, Ramadi Municipality and Anbar Environment Directorate, all of whom have shown spectacular...
2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Edition of the Kurdistan Social Forum Takes Place in Sulaymaniyah!

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum 24-25 October 2018, Sulaimani University Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq   Un Ponte Per (UPP), Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) would like to invite you to the annual event of the Kurdistan Social Forum, to take place in...
Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

Councils for Social Cohesion Launched in 4 Governorates

The Iraqi and Kurdistan Social Forums have launched a new initiative to promote social cohesion in 4 governorates. “Councils for Social Cohesion” have been established in Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad, Amara and Ramadi, coordinated by civil society organizations belonging to the working groups (masar) of the social forums. Within these councils community...
Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

Youth in Babil Address Pollution of the Local Euphrates River Tributary

The Alyahodia River is a large tributary of the Euphrates, named after the city of Al-Hindiya, and known also as the Babylon Channel. In the past, its banks housed an intersection of cultures and religions which formed a thriving and integrated community. The original name of the river, Judaism River, dates...
Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Shot Dead in Basra

BBC News A female human rights activist has been shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, which has seen violent anti-government protests in recent weeks. Video posted online appears to show an unidentified man opening fire at Suad al-Ali as she gets into a car near a supermarket...
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Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Iraq and Iran’s Hawizeh Marshes: Threats and Opportunities

Arabic | عربي Laith Alobaidi – Nature Iraq / Humat Dijlah The Hawizeh Marshes form a large part of the famous Mesopotamian marshlands and southern Iraq, east of Tigris River on the Iraqi-Iranian border, shared between Iraq and Iran with the Iranian marshes known as Hor Al-Azim. They make up the largest wetland in this...
“I Love Dhi Qar” Forum Holds a Training Workshop on Human Development

“I Love Dhi Qar” Forum Holds a Training Workshop on Human Development

On the weekend of 3-4 August, “I Love Dhi Qar” Forum held a training workshop on developing the capabilities and abilities of its youth volunteers. Training consisted of four hours each day over the two days, and was held in the hall of Mashhovna Center in Nasiriyah. During the course of this training, several topics...
Iraq Holds the First POINT Conference in the Middle East

Iraq Holds the First POINT Conference in the Middle East

Arabic | عربي POINT Conference Iraq, held in Baghdad on 20-21 July, is a continuation of the POINT Conference that has been held annually in Sarajevo since 2012. POINT has become an important venue for activists and specialists to promote the use of technology and media to achieve goals set by NGOs and civil society...
Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Arabic | عربي The Guardian Maev Kennedy 9 August 2018 British Museum traces exact origin of treasures, brought to London after Saddam Hussein’s fall. A collection of 5,000-year-old antiquities looted from a site in Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and then seized by the Metropolitan police from a dealer in London, will be returned...
What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire

What Was Not Destroyed by Drought is Now Burned by Fire

Arabic | عربي   Humat Dijlah, 7/8/2018   As aresult of drought and water scarcity in the marshes, fire continues to spread over large areas of al-Huwaizah Marsh in Maisan Governorate in Southern Iraq, ravaging the natural area. Environmental activist Ahmed Saleh Neema, based in Maisan, explained the fire started in the pond of Um Alneaj...
Experts: Water Drought is One of Three Crises Threatening Iran

Experts: Water Drought is One of Three Crises Threatening Iran

Shafaaq News \ Iran is approaching a phase of water drought, and the possibility of returning to normal water levels is nearly impossible This is what independent experts say, as confirmed by the Vice President of Iran, the President of the Environment Organization, Issa Kalantri, and an official responsible for the revival of Lake Oromieh,...
Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Addressing the Issue of Fighting Human Trafficking and Compulsory Labor

Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations Addressing the Issue of Fighting Human Trafficking and Compulsory Labor

On World Day against Trafficking in Human Beings, July 30, the laborers’ Economic and Social Rights masar (path), in collaboration with the Labor Solidarity Center, organized a training workshop at the Iraqi Social Forum for trade unions and civil society organizations on legal frameworks to fight human trafficking and prevent compulsory labor in Iraq. The...
Iraq Election Commission Ignored Warnings Over Voting Machines

Iraq Election Commission Ignored Warnings Over Voting Machines

Writtin by Ahmed Rasheed, Raya Jalabi, Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s election commission ignored an anti-corruption body’s warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May’s parliamentary election, according to investigators and a document seen by Reuters.   The devices, provided by South Korean company Miru Systems under a deal with the...
Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Arabic | عربي     We Love Qamishlo Initiative, July – 2018   Qamishli, or Qamishlo, a city in the north-east of Syria, is often referred to as the city of love by its children, young people and elders. The city is characterized by a unique community mosaic and a wide variety of religious and ethnic...
Protests in Southern Iraq Intensify as Demonstrators Stage 2 Sit-Ins on Site at Oil Fields Run by Exxon Mobil and Eni — Armored Vehicles Deployed in Response

Protests in Southern Iraq Intensify as Demonstrators Stage 2 Sit-Ins on Site at Oil Fields Run by Exxon Mobil and Eni — Armored Vehicles Deployed in Response

Arabic | عربي   Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative 30 July 2018   Hundreds of young people in Basra set up tents to house demonstrators who have staged sit-ins in two strategic locations: the first at the West Qurna field, 75 kilometers north of Basra, run by the American company ExxonMobil; the second at Burjisia, which...
Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Arabic | عربي   Each year, hundreds of people visit the city of Ur, which lies to the west of Nasiriya City. After it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, officials in charge of the city were provided an opportunity to implement a plan to run and protect the ancient city. Iraqi civil...
Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Iraq: Security Forces Fire on Protesters

Arabic | عربي   Iraq’s security forces fired on and beat protesters in Basra governorate during a series of protests from July 8 to 17, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The largely Interior Ministry forces used apparent excessive and unnecessary lethal force against protests over water, jobs, and electrical power that at times turned...