The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has voiced concern over the violent demonstrations that took place in Baghdad Sunday, resulted in casualties among protestors as well as security forces.
In a statement released on Sunday night, UNAMI noted the statement of Prime Minister Abadi in which he affirmed the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully while abiding by the law and acknowledged the Government’s responsibility to protect demonstrators while protecting the safety and security of citizens.
"The right of freedom of peaceful assembly is the cornerstone of democracy and must be respected and protected by citizens, Government, and security forces at all times and in all circumstances." the statement read.
"Citizens have the right to express their opinion, to request reforms and changes, and to have their voices heard – but they must do so peacefully and in full compliance with the law,"
added the statement.
"The Government and Security Forces must respect and protect the right of citizens to stage peaceful public protests and must act with restraint."
UNAMI further welcomed Prime Minister Abadi’s institution of a public inquiry into today’s tragic events and to establish what took place.