The United Nations called on the Iraqi authorities on Thursday to take “emergency measures” against human rights violations, registered since October, in the context of anti-government demonstrations at which a large part of the population protested over institutional corruption and a lack of employment opportunities.
The United Nations Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said that “despite promising steps” by the government, the recent UN report “Human rights violations and violations in the context of demonstrations in Iraq” and human rights violations during the demonstrations in Iraq) ” shed light on the “suffering” of the demonstrators.
Hennis-Plasschaert points out that “the ongoing attacks and murders of human rights activists and defenders are of great concern” and stated that these were not “accidental acts of violence” but a “deliberate” effort to silence opposition voices bring to”. peaceful “without any consequences for their perpetrators.
In more than 900 interviews with victims, relatives, witnesses, journalists as well as civil and political activists, the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) reported at least 487 murders and 7,715 injuries during the protests, mostly young people.