- Title: U.N. urges security forces to show restraint as Iraqis demonstrate
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: PROTESTERS KICKING TEAR GAS CANISTERS AND RUNNING AWAY PROTESTERS FLEEING, COUGHING FROM TEAR GAS GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS AGENCY (OHCHR) SPOKESWOMAN, RAVINA SHAMDASANI, SAYING: "Violence during the demonstrations, which continued until October 9, caused at least 157 deaths, and 5,494 injured people. A U.N. human rights report released by UNAMI (United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq) this week set out credible reports of violations of the right to life, including deliberate killings of unarmed protesters and the excessive use of force by units deployed to manage the demonstrations. The report also highlights concerns regarding the widespread use of repressive measures to limit publicly available information on the demonstrations, as well as allegations of arbitrary arrests, threats and harassments." JOURNALISTS AND U.N. STAFF JOURNALISTS UNITED NATIONS BUILDING
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 12:01
- Keywords: Iraq protests U.N. reaction protests in Baghdad
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: BAGHDAD, IRAQ / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Government/Politics,United Nations
- Reuters ID: LVA003B2LIH53
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The United Nations on Friday (October 25) urged Iraqi security forces to show restraint and provide a proportionate and calibrated response to protests planned throughout the country, voicing concern after a previous wave of unrest turned into a violent confrontation.
Sometimes violent unrest erupted in Baghdad on October 1, then spreading to southern cities, and lasting for several days in a row just two weeks ago.
A report released this week by a government committee set up by Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi concluded that 149 protesters had been killed during the unrest because security forces used excessive force and live fire to quell the protests, while a U.N. report released this week said 157 people were killed, and nearly 6,000 injured.
Despite the OPED member country's vast oil wealth, many Iraqis live in poverty, have limited access to clean water, electricity, basic healthcare or decent education as the country tries to recover from years of conflict and economic hardship.
(Production: Marina Depetris)
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