this is the last version of the statement as far as I understand, I added a few words in red since attacks against journalists ana activists continue and are terrible. Please check if your signature has been included and eventually add it today, 10th of July, so we can start spreading it on Friday, the 11th of July. I've added in red some people that I'm quite sure would like to sign, please confirm! I did not include signatures of Iraqis except Ismaeel that is now working for ICSSI from abroad.
Olfa or someone else, could you please do a quick Arabic translation of this text?
Thanks a lot,
The International Solidarity Committee of the World Social Forum is supporting the preparation of the first Iraqi Social Forum, scheduled to take place in Baghdad on 26-28 September 2013.
One of the key aims of the ISF (Iraqi Social Forum) is to build peace and justice and overcome all forms of violence in Iraq. The very fact that the ISF is still scheduled to take place in the face of the current wave of bombings is in itself not only a challenge, but a way of defying this violence and proving that peace and security in another Iraq are possible.
As International Solidarity Committee, we strongly condemn all the current acts of violence, just as we have always condemned imperial wars imposed on civilians, who always pay the highest price. We particularly condemn attacks on human rights defenders and journalists, and those heinous acts that in Iraq have recently targeted children and youth practicing sport and other peaceful activities.
Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative international
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