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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Purveyors of Immorality and Crime? Iraq's Gypsies Blockaded by Police, Harassed by Authorities

Local police surrounded the mostly-gypsy village of Fawar in southern Iraq for several days, refusing to allow anyone in or out. The reason? So gypsies couldn’t taint the rest of local society with their immoral ways.

“When I used to dance and sing I felt free,” says Karima Muhsen, a 42-year-old gypsy woman living in the area of Fawar, about 20 kilometres southeast of the city of Diwaniya, capital of the southern Qadisiyah province. “And I used to teach my daughters the art of dancing and singing. But now we are no longer allowed to dance and sing. I am getting old and I can no longer work – I can't even beg in Diwaniya's streets,” she complains.

Muhsen is one of Iraq's gypsies, or Romany people, known locally as Kawliya. It is hard to know how many gypsies are living in the country – estimates range between 6,000 and 20,000. But what is known is that after 2003, when Iraq became more religiously conservative thanks to the end of the regime of secular, nationalist dictator, Saddam Hussein, the gypsies were forbidden from earning their living from dancing and singing.

After 2003, gypsies became easy targets for religious militias who took over many gypsy villages and caused inhabitants to flee, often outside the country. The word “gypsy” was replaced in Iraqi identification papers by the word “exception”, basically taking away local gypsies' right to an ethnic identity of their own. After the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, the ethnicity, “Iraqi”, was applied only to those who were born to Iraqi parents. Because gypsies' parentage is often unclear, they began to be described as “exceptions” instead.

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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


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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.

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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
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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