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Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Assalamo Alaykom. Good afternoon. I am pleased to be back in Baghdad for the fifth time as Secretary-General of the United Nations. When I was here just over a year ago that was December, 2012, I strongly encouraged the leaders of Iraq and Kuwait to look to the future together and usher in a new era of cooperation. There have been tremendous gains over the past year thanks to the leadership, commitment and flexibility of Prime Minister al-Maliki and the Emir of Kuwait. I am very encouraged that the bilateral relationship has been improved and is going to further improve. I just had a very good and constructive dialogue with His Excellency Prime Minister al-Maliki.…
The Iraqi Al-Amal Association, in partnership with Hivos and with support from the European Union (EU), is carrying out a capacity building project for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work in the field of human rights in Iraq. The project spans from 2014 until 2017 and aims to help ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iraq, and specifically creating wider support for human rights issues in the civil society. Al-Amal therefore would like local participants from Iraq to work as Trainers on workshops that are focused on human rights issues. Any interested person may open the attached invitation (currently available in Arabic) and fill in the attached information. Once completed please send the attached form…
13 Jan 2014

Generation I - Activities Update

Monday, 13 January 2014
Generation i is working alongside an Iraqi organization called Women For Peace (WFP) with its campaign to combat trafficking. Violence and insecurity from the conflict has had a detrimental and lasting effect on women and young girls in Iraq. They have suffered from discrimination, physical violence and continuous human rights violations, including torture, loss of educational rights, expulsion from the workforce and public life, and even sexual slavery and rape. According to a 2011 Report on Trafficking in Persons, Iraqi women and girls are subjected to conditions of trafficking both in the country and in neighboring countries. Women are subjected to involuntary servitude through forced marriages, often as payment of a debt, and women who flee such marriages are often…
13 Jan 2014
During December 2013, ACDI/VOCA supported eight Civil Society fairs in the provinces of Dakuk, Diyala, Erbil, Ninawa, Salah ad Din and Sulaymaniyah under the BPCS program. These Civil Society fairs aimed to reinforce the role of CSOs in strengthening a democratic, accountable and participatory governance system. They provided occasions to inform people about the social works and activities of CSOs and the changes they can bring about to communities, and generate public support for their activities. Despite the ever-present security concerns, the eight fairs conducted in December saw almost 2,200 visitors pass through their doors, including many local and provincial government officials, media representatives, and civil society activists. These innovative events have increased the knowledge of many visitors regarding the…
09 Jan 2014
(Baghdad) – Iraqi government forces appear to have used indiscriminate mortar fire in civilian neighborhoods in Anbar province, and al-Qaeda fighters and armed men from local groups have deployed in and attacked from populated areas. Apparently unlawful methods of fighting by all sides have caused civilian casualties and severe property damage. A government blockade of Fallujah and Ramadi has resulted in limited access to food, water, and fuel for the population.Based on numerous reports and accounts by local residents in interviews with Human Rights Watch, government security forces responded to attacks by al-Qaeda armed groups on the night of January 1, 2014, with mortar and gunfire into residential areas, in some cases with apparently no al-Qaeda presence. The security forces…
Baghdad (ICRC) – With the security situation deteriorating, Iraqi women who have lost their husbands in connection with the armed conflicts of recent decades are struggling hard to earn a living. Because they face increasing hardship, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is stepping up its support for them.There are currently over a million Iraqi women in Iraq who bear the responsibility of supporting their families because their husbands were killed, arrested, disabled by war injuries, or went missing. The women are among those hardest hit by years of armed conflict. With violence against civilians on the increase, their needs are set to grow."Widows in Iraq are often ill-equipped to overcome the significant challenges they face all by…
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