During three days in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, on October 20-22, more than 200 activist, trade unionists and human rights defenders met to discuss about a democratic future for Iraq. The reason was the II Nonviolence Forum, organized by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI).
In the framework of the Conference, the campaign Control PMSC, the Iraqi Civil Solidarity Initiative, Laonf Group and NOVACT conducted the first workshop in Iraq about the impact of PMSC in the Human Rights and how Iraqi civil society actors can engage in the international campaign to regulate this sector.
During the workshop Iraqi lawyers, journalists, NGOs and activists proposed specific ways to raise awareness about this topic and specially how Iraqi civil society can advocate for an effective legal framework to readdress victims abuses, monitor and make PMSCs accountable for their activities in their territory.
Never Again has been the slogan decided by the Iraqi participants to launch a national initiative coordinated amb www.controlpmsc.org campaign for the regulation of PMSC.
Here you can download an article published on the Today’s Zaman newspaper. Also you can check the link direct to its web page: “Iraqi, foreign activists work to end privatization of warfare”