ISF Campaigns

PRESS RELEASE: THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT’S POSITION ON THE DELAY UNTIL NEXT JUNE OF THE FILLING OF THE RESERVOIR FOR THE ILISU DAM IN TURKEY

With great concern we are following the decreasing water supply to the Tigris River — a problem which has the potential to create an environmental catastrophe in Iraq in the near future.

 

We are particularly worried following statements made by the Iraqi government in response to a cable from the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad stating that Turkey is considering postponing until next June the filling of the reservoir for the Ilisu Dam.

 

 

The Iraqi government stated this postponement resulted from “the success of previous dialogues” with the embassy. This, in our opinion, reflects the following:

First, the Turkish government continues to deceive the Iraqi government about the real date of the dam’s work, and continues to suggest falsely that the dam’s work is being delayed due to the concerns of the Iraqi government.

 

Second, the Iraqi government is aware of this deception, but continues to mislead the Iraqi people who are legitimately concerned about securing their fair share of water from the Tigris River.

 

In either case, this response from the government indicates a deliberate denial of the magnitude of the environmental and economic disaster now facing Iraq. The Iraqi government does not have the courage to take a single serious step to confront this potential disaster; instead, its water and foreign policies try merely to patch over the problem, not solve it at its roots. A definitive and powerful position must refer to international covenants and treaties, and those agreements that bind Iraq and Turkey — these would not simply postpone the building and use of the dam, but deny its very right to exist.

 

As we criticize the Iraqi government’s lack of action and weak stance, we must also make clear to the public the reality of the situation in Turkey near the Ilisu dam. The news coming from our colleagues and friends who are active there indicates that work on the dam has continued until now, but has not been completed as the Turkish government has claimed.

 

Many of the families living in the historic city of Hasankeyf, which will be flooded by the Ilisu Dam’s reservoir, are still refusing to leave their homes. In addition, many religious and archaeological shrines have not yet been moved out of Hasankeyf to new sites.

 

The many legal and administrative issues that challenge the operation of the dam, including the damage that will be inflicted on the cities located below it, have thus far made it impossible for the Turkish government to use the dam. Given this, how can the Iraqi government claim that this newest postponement reflects “a success”?

 

When the work on the dam is completed, will respect for Iraqi concerns in fact be granted by the Turkish government? We do not believe so, and thus we emphasis the need for urgent and decisive action now, making use of all relevant international conventions and treaties, through the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which should play an important role in this campaign.

 

We also call on the Iraqi people to participate in this campaign to defend the Tigris River.

 

 

International campaign to save the Tigris River and the Iraqi marshes
Humat Dijlah- Local coordination
27,Jan. 2018

A unique sports camp

Sport against Violence to more successes

In Dokan, in the province of Sulaimaniyah, the Sport against Violence team held a sport camp for its volunteers’ team, in cooperation with Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), the camp aimed to establish many practical and dialogue activities as well as sport ones.

Ahmed Al Baghdadi, the team coordinator, said “the idea of the sport camp is an old one, which we have always thought about implementing but we had a lack in fund that was required to finance the camp.  I can only thank the Norwegian Karebo foundation for supporting this event. Also the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative ICSSI, and the ISF efforts. ISF is the space, which provides us an appropriate atmosphere to achieve our goals and dreams in building another Iraq”, Ahmed added ” the preparations of the camp took two months of time, regarding organization, choosing the venue, participants’ selection; logistic and non-logistic details of the program, trainers and others. It’s necessary to commend all the huge efforts that have been made by the trainers and the team volunteers for making this program a successful one. They acted  as a group regarding all details of the event until it appeared to us in this wonderful condition. It will stay remain in our minds and the minds of all the participants for its beauty and content”.

Issa Jaafer (one of the camp organizers ) pointed out saying “Team members gathered to detect all tasks and distributed them on everyone. All the needs of the camp were determined, a special electronic   form was uploaded to sign up with the team, then came  members’ selection phase and giving them all the instructions regarding the camp”, and he added that they haven’t faced any problems or troubles and everything went smoothly in the camp,  it ended up with excellent results.

Sarah Al Hadi one of the participations in the camp explained saying that “she loved participating in the camp to benefit from it, from the team exercises and to improve her experiences in her field of activity within the team” she added “the camp was a nice start for the summer break, we used to start our everyday mornings with morning exercises with coach Samir”. After that, we were trained about Nonviolence with Nonviolence trainer Raya Asi, then we discussed the issues and activities of our team during the evening sessions. We would have sport matches like Football and Volleyball” , and she pointed that “All of the other logistics that were  provided to the volunteers like breakfast, lunch, dinner, providing a suitable residence and other services were very well by the team coordinators.  It was excellent and reflecting a unique experience”.

 Ahmed Isam, one of the team members who participated in the camp, talked about the exercises and said that his participation in the training camp “Was a fruitful one, during which we achieved lots of goals, because this camp involved heavy morning sport activities that had the role of giving every member of the team a heads up about the importance of fitness and morning sport activities”. He also pointed that every day of the camp there were competitions or sport games that some girls participated in with boys, to strengthen the woman role in sport and support her and encourage her to play sports without restrictions. After the morning activity, Nonviolence sessions were held”. He added: “The camp was an encouraging and fruitful event” and “exchanging lots of opinions and discussions that deals with lots of violence cases, and how to stand up against them. We expect lots of future activities for our team”.

It is worth to mention that the Sport Against Violence team is one of the active teams in the Nonviolence track for the ISF. The team works on rumoring the culture of Nonviolence and Peace, using the sport techniques as an active and capable social tool to attract youth.

 

 

 

LIVE STREAM IRAQ SOCIAL FORUM

LIVE STREAM IRAQ SOCIAL FORUM

برنامج البث المباشر – المنتدى الاجتماعي العراقي  –

THIRD DAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2013

YOUTH AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT- TENT

Qushal -ISF Campaigns tenets – Tent of Youth against sexual harassment – campaign -Iraqi social forum the 3rd day 28th of September 2013

القشلة ، خيمة شباب ضد التحرش

YOUTH AND THEIR ROLE – LIVE 1

Youth and Their Role in Building a Democratic Estate- Symposium- Tammuz Organization for Social Development

 

ATTITUDE TOWARDS UNIONS –LIVE

 

State Attitude towards unions’ activity in Iraq after 2003 by Engineering Professions Syndicate موقف الدولة من النشاط النقابي في العراق بعد 2003 نقابة ذوي المهن الهندسية – ISF المنتدى الاجتماعي العراقي

 

SECOND DAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2013

Save Tigris –1

Save Tigris –2

Save Tigris–3

 

Save the Tigris campaign’s session : Water Crisis between Iraq and – Neighboring Countries: The – Ilisu dam, Exploring Legal – Strategies morning 27th  9 am

حملة انقاذ نهر دجلة والاهوار العراقي – جوانب قانونية

Iraq Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)’s session: Global campaigns for peace and nonviolence morning 27th 9 am

جلسة مبادرة التضامن مع المجتمع المدني العراقي –السلام العالمي

SOCIAL JUSTICE – PART 1

SOCIAL JUSTICE – PART 3

Information Center for Social Development- Social Justice in Iraq- Symposium

العدالة الاجتماعية – مركز المعلومة  27-09-2013

FIRST DAY 26

SECOND PART

Opening event and speeches – Baghdad University – Morning of 26th September 2013

الافتتاح في جامعة بغداد – يوم 26 عروض وكلمات الافتتاح

FIRST PART

Baghdad University – Morning of 26th September 2013

الافتتاح يوم 26 في جامعة بغداد