Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:11

UNAMI expresses concerns about reports of using excessive force against demonstrators in the Kurdistan Region

Baghdad, 28 March 2018 –UNAMI expresses concerns about reports of security forces using excessive force against demonstrators in the Kurdistan Region.


The right to peacefully protest is a fundamental human right and is a cornerstone of democracy. It is one of the important ways that are available to the public to express their opinion. The authorities are, therefore, responsible for ensuring that this right is respected and protected and that the citizens are allowed to exercise it in safety and dignity, while protecting law and order.


The public is equally responsible for ensuring that this right is exercised responsibly and lawfully, by refraining from violence and the destruction of public and private property.


UNAMI welcomes the announcement by the Kurdistan Region authorities that these allegations will be investigated.

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