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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.
Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

Join Us for the 5th Season of The Iraqi Social Forum!

عربي | Arabic  The 5th season of the Iraqi Social Forum will be held from 22-30 November under the slogan ”Citizenship”. Civil society organizations, trade unions, labor and professional unions, along with dozens of young women and men involved in the teams and working groups of the ISF are preparing...
Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

Youth Water Activists Announce “Euphrates Protectors” in Nasiriyah!

عربي | Arabic 20 passionate youth activists from cities along the Euphrates River have established a network of Humat Al-Forat, “Euphrates Protectors”, a new offshoot of Humat Dijlah (Tigris Protectors) Organisation. From 2-3 November in Nasiriyah these activists from Basra, Hilla, Najaf, Nasiriyah and Anbar gathered together with youth from...
Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

Fact-Finding team report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

عربي | Arabic  On 17 October 2018, a civil society Fact-Finding Team revealed serious human rights violations against citizens in Basra for their participation in this past summer’s protests. These findings correspond with Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, which found that between 1 August and 7 September, 20 people...
Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Dukan Hosts Its Second ‘Sports Against Violence’ Camp

Shahad Qusay, 20 years old, had her first volunteering experience with Sports Against Violence (SAV) last year in a camp the organization hosted in Dukan. Shahad attends the University of Baghdad – College of Physical Education and works in parallel with her studies to support her family. She found an...
North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

North-South Exchange II for Iraqi Water Activists in Sulaymaniyah

عربي | Arabic In March 2018 a North-South exchange between Iraqi and Kurdish water activists took place in Southern Iraq with a Kurdish delegation touring the Marshlands. This fostered new collaboration between environmental groups in Kurdistan Region and in the Center/South of Iraq. In September, this visit was reciprocated with...
2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

2nd Kurdistan Social Forum in Sulaymaniyah With Support of Local and International Officials

From 24-25 October 2018 in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the second chapter of the Kurdistan Social Forum (KSF) was written. While the country is anticipating a new government in Baghdad and a new government for the Kurdistan Region following elections last month, civil society activists from across the region participated...
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Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Mrwary Festival in Sulaymaniyah Highlights Success Stories of Women

Arabic | عربي The city of Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Region held its first festival to celebrate women’s rights. The working group on women’s rights of the Kurdistan Social Forum organized its ‘Mrwary Festival’ from 24-25 August in Hawary Shar Park in Sulaymaniyah. Through this festival, the working group aimed to promote the economic independence...
'Iraq is Dying': Oil Flows Freely but Corruption Fuels Growing Anger

‘Iraq is Dying’: Oil Flows Freely but Corruption Fuels Growing Anger

Arabic | عربي  The Guardian by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Bani-Mansour The land of the Bani-Mansour clan north-east of Basra is flat and parched, spattered with dry crusts of salt and thorny shrubs. Clusters of palm trees form small patches of green in the otherwise dusty yellow and brown landscape. Nestled among them are about a dozen berms,...
Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Arabic | عربي   Mustafa Saadoun, Al Monitor, August 31 2018 BASRA, Iraq — Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents stormed the Basra Health Directorate to protest the poor health services provided to those made...
Peaceful Demonstrator Killed in Front of West Qurna Oil Field — ICSSI Issues an Urgent Call for the Iraqi Government to Open an Investigation

Peaceful Demonstrator Killed in Front of West Qurna Oil Field — ICSSI Issues an Urgent Call for the Iraqi Government to Open an Investigation

Arabic | عربي   The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) 16 August 2018 Iraqi security forces violently broke a peaceful strike in the Huwair sub-district of the Al-Midaina District north of Basra, where the West Qurna oil field 2 is located. Government officers killed a peaceful demonstrator and wounded others, while approximately 20 other...
Activists Campaign to 'Save Basra', Health Ministry Denies Cholera Outbreaks

Activists Campaign to ‘Save Basra’, Health Ministry Denies Cholera Outbreaks

Arabic | عربي  Shafaq News An online campaign launched by Iraqi activists and bloggers succeeded over the past few days in drawing attention to the water pollution crisis in the southern district of Basra. Recent videos and photos went viral on social media showing dozens of poisoned patients in hospitals due to contamination of drinking...
Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes

Iraqi Experts Say Iran Bears Responsibility for Drought in Hawizeh Marshes

Arabic | عربي  Asharq Al-Awsat It seems that geographic realities linking Iraq to Iran have caused inescapable problems that are compounding their turbulent political relations. Issues between Baghdad and Tehran go beyond problems of borders and oil field demarcation, extending to water supplies. Iraq accuses Iran of cutting river water flowing from its territory and...
Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Social Media as a Platform for Electronic Campaigns

Arabic | عربي Under the project of “Paths to Coexistence in Mesopotamia,” the Iraqi Social Forum conducted a digital and social media training last week, 9-11 August 2018, for a group of young people from Hit, Ramadi, Falluja, and Diyala. The training was held over three days in the meeting hall of the Iraqi Social...
Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Arabic | عربي   Follow up Jameel Aljameel Over 400 Mosulians (the people of Mosul) celebrated the return of life and activity to their city after its liberation from Daesh in the World Youth Festival in Mosul on Sunday 12 August 2018. The festival, organized by the Italian organization Un Ponte Per… (UPP) in cooperation...
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...