UN welcomes probe into “tragic events” that took place during Baghdad protests

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Street scene in Baghdad, Iraq. File Photo: UNAMI/Sanaa Kareem

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has expressed concern over demonstrations in Baghdad, which resulted in casualties among protesters and security forces.

According to media reports, supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr took to the streets to demand a reform of the electoral system.

UNAMI also welcomed Prime Minister Abadi's institution of a public inquiry into today's tragic events to establish what took place.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The right to peaceful assembly is the cornerstone of democracy and civilians have the right to have their voices heard, the UN Mission in Iraq, UNAMI, said on Saturday

However, the Mission noted, protesters must do so peacefully and in full compliance with the law.

The Government and Security Forces must also respect and protect the right of citizens to stage peaceful public protests and must act with restraint, UNAMI added.

Prime Minister Abadi also affirmed the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully while abiding by the law.

He also acknowledged the Government's responsibility to protect demonstrators while protecting the safety and security of citizens.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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