The Fourth Conference of The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)

October 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment

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During three days in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, on October 20-22, more than 200 Iraqi activists, trade unionists and human rights defenders met to discuss about a democratic future for their country, within the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum. About 20 international members of NGOs and journalists attended the event, to express solidarity and build campaigns that will be carried forward by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative.

Such initiative gathered its members for the fourth consecutive year, and since 2009 changed gradually from a space to understand challenges and priorities of the Iraqi civil society, to a platform for collective action in defense of human rights and social justice in Iraq. After two annual meetings in Europe, ICSSI Conferences have been organized last year in Erbil and this year in Basra, empowering local civil society in the management of international events and attracting interest and respect by local authorities towards independent civil society.

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