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Call for the Immediate Release of 2 Activists!
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Call for the Immediate Release of 2 Activists!

Baghdad, 12 December 2019 Salman Kairallah Al-Mansoori and Omar Kadhem Al-Amri, two Iraqi activists for human and environmental rights, have disappeared in Baghdad since yesterday and are still untraceable. They disappeared at 12 pm when they did not answer the calls of their colleagues, friends and family. The last contact with them was at 11:30,...

Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997
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Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

By Ismaeel Dawood Introduction To change the position of Iraqi authorities on the issue of shared water resources from non-commitment to solid defense on the basis of international law is a process that still needs a very long time. However, positive developments are currently taken place. The article published in March 2017 about the comments...

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?
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The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights,...

Water as a force for peace
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Water as a force for peace

The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with Antonio Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-Moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water...

Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22
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Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 2016 will be the hottest year recorded in human history, and the world is looking for urgent action on climate change. Under the principles of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the COP22 (UN Climate Change Conference) took place in Marrakech, Morocco (7-18 November). No...

The Perpetual Coma of “COP21”: Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society
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The Perpetual Coma of “COP21”: Climate Change Conference in Paris and Iraqi Civil Society

*Ismaeel Dawood, Paris, 12 December 2015 Recent news has been dominated by the negotiations of presidents in the ongoing world climate conference in Paris, called “COP21”. The conference aims to reach a binding agreement on measures to be taken by state governments in order to cope with climate change caused by man, as a result...

UN Delegation Visits Dhi Qar Province to Assess A Possible Inclusion of the Marshes’ in the World Heritage List
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UN Delegation Visits Dhi Qar Province to Assess A Possible Inclusion of the Marshes’ in the World Heritage List

Shafaq News The administration of Dhi Qar province said on Thursday that a delegation from the United Nations experts visited the province in order to assess a possible inclusion of the Marshes in the World Heritage List. According to the governor of Dhi Qar “a delegation of international experts is visiting the province in order...