The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is closely following the course of the demonstrations that are currently taking place in several Iraqi governorates.
UNAMI is committed to support the political and human rights of all Iraqi citizens, as well their social, cultural and economic rights, in the framework of the rule of law.
The protestors have voiced a number of grievances they see as violations of their human rights and have also raised a number of demands. The government has acknowledged that peaceful protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right of all citizens of Iraq.
“We call on the protesters to refrain from violence and to maintain the peaceful character of their demonstrations and on the security forces to show the utmost restraint in maintaining law and order,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Martin Kobler.
The SRSG also calls on all sides to engage without delay in a peaceful and constructive dialogue in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution and law.