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Building the Network of Water Activists in Basra
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Building the Network of Water Activists in Basra

It’s been one year since the city of Basra was rocked by large-scale protests following a major pollution crisis in which citizens decried the lack of access to fresh water and services. Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch released an extensive report on the crisis. One year onward, Save the Tigris Campaign traveled to the...

Human Rights Watch: Water Crisis in Basra – Decades of Mismanagement, Pollution, Corruption
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Human Rights Watch: Water Crisis in Basra – Decades of Mismanagement, Pollution, Corruption

Human Rights Watch July 22, 2019 Report Basra is Thirsty Iraq’s Failure to Manage the Water Crisis Iraqi authorities have failed to ensure for almost 30 years that Basra residents have sufficient safe drinking water, resulting in on-going health concerns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The situation culminated in an acute...

Fact-Finding Team Report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra
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Fact-Finding Team Report on the Humanitarian Situation in Basra

On 17 October 2018, a civil society Fact-Finding Team revealed serious human rights violations against citizens in Basra for their participation in this past summer’s protests. These findings correspond with Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights, which found that between 1 August and 7 September, 20 people were killed, 492 people were injured (including 80...

Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water
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Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water

Mustafa Saadoun, Al Monitor, August 31 2018 BASRA, Iraq — Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents stormed the Basra Health Directorate to protest the poor health services provided to those made ill, but relief is...

Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq
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Environmental Threats, Lack of Water, Poor Job Opportunities and Declining Social Benefits Produce Massive Protests in Southern Iraq

Iraqi civil Society Solidarity Initiative 18th July 2018 Iraqis have been demonstrating for days in immense protests across southern Iraq—in Basra, Nasiriyah, Amarah, Kut, Karbala and Najaf—demanding basic services and rights, including water, electricity, and jobs. The frequency of demonstrations targeting oil fields, ports and airports, and the headquarters of political parties has mounted in...

The Basra water crisis and increasing salinity of the Shatt al-Arab
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The Basra water crisis and increasing salinity of the Shatt al-Arab

By Toon Bijnens Basra, Iraq  The Save the Tigris Campaign participated on 15 and 16 February in an international workshop in Basra, entitled “Basra Water Crisis, Shatt al-Arab Increasing Salinity and Measures to Control”, organized by the University of Basra in collaboration with the Province of Basra, under the patronage of the Basra Governor Dr....

Impacts of Ilisu Dam in Iraq: A lecture at the Marine Science Center Basra University
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Impacts of Ilisu Dam in Iraq: A lecture at the Marine Science Center Basra University

Iraq faces enormous challenges in terms of water resources. Once the cradle of civilizations, an agricultural haven, now Iraq’s land has dried significantly mostly due to man-made causes. For the past 20 years upstream dams in the Euphrates have reduced Iraq’s water income, and now the most important water lifeline in the country, the Tigris...