On 29 October 2019 â€“ The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, condemns in the strongest terms the rising number of deaths and injuries during the demonstrations engulfing many parts of Iraq.
The recent developments across many parts of Iraq, in particular in Karbala last night, are most alarming. Witness reports indicate that live fire was used against demonstrators, causing high numbers of casualties.
Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten back by police and political party militants firing live ammunition and tear gas, officials said more than 170 civilians dead this month, across the country since 1 October, when people began demanding more jobs, an end to corruption and better public services.
Meanwhile, recently Prime Minister Adil Abdullmahdi said in a Facebook post that he had told the UN Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, that security forces personnel had been given “strict directives to protect the right of peaceful protests”.
â€œViolence is never the answer, the protection of life is the overriding imperative,â€ the Special Representative said. â€œA national dialogue is urgently needed to find prompt, meaningful responses. This vicious cycle of violence must end.â€
The UN stands with the Iraqi people and is ready to assist in this dialogue, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert said.