26 - 28 September - 2013

Iraqi Social Forum

Another Iraq is Possible with Peace, Human Rights, and Social Justice

26-28 September, 2013
Baghdad, Iraq

Based upon their participation in the World Social Forum, the Iraqis have identified the following shared aspirations and goals:

1. Participants in this Forum believe that Iraq should be a civil, democratic, federal state, in which there is no discrimination by sex, color, religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality.

2. We believe in nonviolence as the only option for reform and change. We will defend this belief with all methods of nonviolent struggle against any attempts to dilute or undermine our commitment.

3. The Iraqi Social Forum is committed to cooperation and voluntary work, and rejects lavish expenditures for events and unneeded spending for any post.

4. Civil society must be a key, not a secondary, partner in building a democratic Iraq, free from occupation and dictatorship. Individuals and social movements have the right to use all nonviolent means to promote reform and change.

5. We understand civil society to include all the individuals and institutions / activities / organizations that work nonviolently to help the needy, to fight against corruption, violence, and sectarianism, and to promote human rights. Civil society actors perform voluntary work through non-profit organizations that provide services and assistance at the least possible cost.

6. Iraqi social movements arise in the Iraqi civilian communities that reject religious, ethnic and sexual discrimination, and that use methods of nonviolence in its many different forms to promote reform and social justice. Nonviolent means of promoting changes include traditional activities such as rallies and marches, as well as ICT [information and communications technology] to disseminate information and build social networks.

Forum Aims:

Finding an open space to stand with democratic civil state projects based on the principles of respecting individuals’ freedoms and advancing social justice.

Dealing with the current reality and its developments from a political, social, and economic perspective.

Discussing the reality and the role of civil society and its social movements in Iraq and how to make civil society a more effective actor in building true democracy.

Discussing the role for international civil society organizations to reaffirm their support for Iraqis’ causes and the development of social movements in Iraq.

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