Ezidi activist, U.N. goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking
and Noble Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad supports for an open and direct dialogue between the Iraqi protestors and Iraqi government.
In light of the recent protests in Iraq that have left an estimated 40 people dead and over 500 injured, I would like to express my support for an open and direct dialogue between the protestors and Iraqi government. Nadia Murad recent statement
She continued, the protestors’ demands for comprehensive reforms related to the economy, jobs, provision of public services, and impartial and accountable governance should be treated as legitimate concerns. It is of the utmost importance that both sides work in direct dialogue to find a peaceful and positive way forward.
“I would also like to emphasize the importance of the right to protest and to freely speak oneâ€™s mind, which is a principle right in any democratic society. As such, these protestors should be met solely with calm and de-escalation in an effort to peacefully respect their concerns” A statement from Nadia Murad on the recent protestors in Iraq
The violence comes two years after Iraq put down the insurgency by the Sunni Muslim armed group Islamic State. The protests arose in the south, heartland of the Shiâ€™ite majority, but has quickly spread, with no formal leadership from any organized political or sectarian movement.
“Security and medical sources gave a death toll early on Friday of 46 killed in three days of unrest, the vast majority of the deaths in the last 24 hours as the violence accelerated”. Reported by Reuters