06 Apr 2014

ICSSI Newsletter n. 04 year 2014


Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

ICSSI calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to make an urgent visit to Iraq as a first step towards providing protection for human rights defenders, particularly journalists - three have been killed in March 2014 in Iraq. >>


Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

On March 22 in Baghdad the Iraqi Social Forum and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held a seminar to discuss the Iraqi national water policy, with a focus on the issue of Ilisu Dam. Representatives of Iraqi ministries attended the seminar. A video on the Iraqi Marshes has been launched and a legal paper presented by Save the Tigris Campaign. >>


Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

The Iraqi Parliament is working on a weak Labor Law and a Trade Union Law that does not respect the right of workers to organize in the public sector. Four major Iraqi unions' federations issued a statement explaining their position on the legislation being discussed in the corridors of the Iraqi Council of Representatives. >>


Don't Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

The statement of Human Rights Watch, asking Iraq's Council of Ministers to withdraw the new draft Personal Status Law, which would restrict women's rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, make it easier for men to take multiple wives, and allow girls to be married from age nine. >>


The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury. >>

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