Title: A Call for Positive and Constructive Social Action in Iraq
Author: The National Committee of the Iraqi Social Forum, For media or journalist in- quires on the situation, contact Nadia al-Baghdady (ISF Secre- tariat, Baghdad)
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: July 2014
The Iraqi Social Forum releases unity statement amidst growing violence in Iraq, and invites to Oslo conference Nov 2-4, 2014
Since January 2014, the UN estimates that around 1.2 million people have been uprooted in Iraq due to fighting between insurgents from Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), local Sunni tribes, Shia militias and the Iraqi Security Forces. The current crisis threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of all Iraqi citizens, and the need for basic human rights, a just peace, and a united civil society is more crucial now than ever.
On July 7th, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), a joint process between Iraqi social movements, trade unions, civil society organizations and individual Iraqi social justice activists, released a statement and call for peace and justice amidst growing sectarian violence in their country. The ISF also extends an urgent invitation to activists from around the world to come and hear their voice at the 2014 conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) to be held in Oslo, Norway in November. Their call is found below