In the face of the vicious terrorist onslaught against Iraq, and the inability of the ruling political blocs to fulfill the constitutional obligations in the aftermath of the recent elections, ninety civil society organisations, including Hivos partner Al Amal, have signed a declaration to launch the Iraqi Civil Initiative under the slogan: “Achieving Civil and Societal Peace to Defeat Terrorism and to Ensure the Construction of a Civil Democratic State”.
Defeating terrorism requires correcting the course of the political process and dismantling the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system, as well as defending the freedoms of opinion and expression and human rights, ensuring media freedom, respecting ethnic, religious, sectarian and cultural diversity in our society, and combating financial and administrative corruption.
The Civil Initiative is seeking, through its multi-faceted peaceful movement, to deal with the current existential crisis in Iraq by the following means:
- Organising meetings with the political forces in order to find a common national platform to emerge from the crisis
- Encouraging dialogue between various social strata to contain the tension and stop sectarian and ethnic agitation, in preparation for convening a broad national conference
- Issuing an electronic information bulletin to inform the public about the ongoing developments in a factual, transparent manner
- Holding a meeting with the representatives of the United Nations to exchange views, develop a support system for the political process and preserve the unity of Iraq
- Contacting representatives of the diplomatic corps in Iraq to discuss national affairs, help contain the crisis and confront terrorism in accordance with international obligations
- Mobilising national, regional and international efforts and relief organisations to address the destructive effects of the armed conflict on civilians and the displacement of thousands of families to other areas lacking the most basic means of human life
Al Amal is engaged in projects to benefit Iraqi citizens regardless of race, gender, political or religious affiliation. The organisation has proven to be an important actor of change in Iraq since its establishment in 1992. For many years, Al Amal has been a strong partner of Hivos in Iraq. It is successful in using a cooperative, collaborative and participative approach in its activities, as well as in defining its strategies.