WASHINGTON, DC – (May 9, 2018) – An opportunity to change the course of history and the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians is available to the new Iraqi government that will be selected this Saturday, May 12, 2018. As outlined in Mosul: Civilian Protection Challenges Post-ISIS, the months ahead are critical for civilians and the country as a whole. Upon publication of the Policy Brief, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) MENA & South Asia Program Director Sahr Muhammedally issued the following statement:

“Since dislodging ISIS from Mosul and most of Iraq, the trust and relationship between civilians and security forces is slowly improving. These gains can easily be lost if the newly-elected Government of Iraq and its security forces, including the Nineveh Police, do not address protection concerns of civilians and respect the rights and dignity of all. There is also a critical role for the donor community in helping the Iraqi government rebuild lives and homes of all who lost much and create a stable and secure Iraq.”

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Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Our vision is for a world where parties to armed conflicts recognize the dignity and rights of civilians, prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and amend harm.

For more information, contact Piper Hendricks at phendricks@civiliansinconflict.org.