TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dispatches: Iraq – Fanning the Flames, or Telling the Truth?

February 6, 2014

Human Rights Watch released a report today that extensively documents abuses of women in Iraq’s criminal justice system - illegal arrests, detention, extensive torture, and ill-treatment, including sexual abuse, during interrogations. We showed how Iraq’s hobbled judiciary frequently convicts women based on coerced confessions and secret informant testimony, and how women are often detained for months and even years without charge.
But, many people – activists, journalists, and above all, government officials – urged me not to release the report. Their fear: it might only inflame the sectarian violence that’s threatening to tear the country apart.
Violence in Iraq has reached levels not seen since the 2006-2007 civil war. Sectarian tensions are also extraordinarily high, fueled by ongoing fighting in Anbar province among Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, other armed insurgents fighting both with and against the government, and Iraqi security forces, and by politicians’ jockeying for upcoming parliamentary elections. Iraqis fear that every attack and every report of abuse could trigger the next civil war.
Many of those who advised against releasing the report asked me whether I shouldn't lower my voice for a time, at least until things “blow over” – especially when it comes to talking about abuses that frequently appear to be sectarian: “Aren’t you throwing fuel on the fire?”
It’s a legitimate question. But it also tells me the discussion around why Iraq is in such acute crisis has strayed too far from the roots of the problem. Clearly Iraq needs to protect its citizens from armed groups’ violent attacks, which can wreak general havoc and cause a humanitarian crisis, as in Anbar. But the government also takes advantage of fears of the terrorist threat to brutally suppress dissent. The violence in Anbar is just the most recent example of how the government’s use of violent measures in the name of counterterrorism has accelerated the country’s crisis: the Anbar fighting began thanks to the government’s attempt to suppress Sunnis’ legitimate protests against abuses. Security forces’ brutal methods are amply documented in today’s report on abuses of women, which frequently occurred during counterterrorism operations.
The best way to refocus attention on the fuller causes of the abuses in Anbar, and the violence that, daily, threatens Iraqis throughout the country, is to raise, not quiet, our voices, to recall a critical source of the problem, and to redirect attention to a real solution – that is, the urgent need for the government to end rights violations and make good on its promises of reform.
رأي: العراق ـ صب الزيت على النار أم كشف الحقيقة؟

Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

بعيدا عن الوطن؛ حراك التضامن مع الوطن فنا، شعرا وكتابةً
Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here


Useful links

Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

For more info click here

Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

On youtube: Part1
Part 3
One more video:

Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr