UNAMI urges Iraqi gov’t to enable peaceful protests

BAGHDAD, On the eve of anticipated demonstrations in many parts of Iraq, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) urged the government to “positively enable peaceful protests.” Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, also Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, called on both security forces and demonstrators to act in keeping with the law. “At this critical juncture, I stress the importance of upholding the principles of democracy, and within that context, the achievements made in recent years,” she said in a press release on Thursday evening.

“Defending the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and access to information, in full accordance with the law, will prove crucial for Iraq to deliver on its potential,” Hennis-Plasschaert, of the Netherlands, stressed.

“The UN stands ready to assist in the search for solutions to the country’s many troubles inherited from the past as well as its many present challenges. “We call on the government to swiftly meet the legitimate demands of the people. This includes leading by example to end corruption, improving public services, strengthening governance and accountability, and creating an environment that is conducive to growth and employment,” she added.

Source: Kuwait New Agency