UN / IRAQ

03-Mar-2020 00:02:53
The Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, told the Security Council that after five months of protests in Iraq, which have caused numerous casualties “it should be clear that peaceful protesters - backed by a silent majority - will not budge on their aspirations.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / IRAQ
TRT: 02:53
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 03 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

03 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Special Representative Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert addressing Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“After five months of protests, and the many injured and killed, it should be clear that peaceful protesters - backed by a silent majority - will not budge on their aspirations. Now, this should be the political class’ first and last concern — but so far, we have seen few results. And let me be clear: delivering on the demands of the people will require a collective effort.”
5. Med shot, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr Al-Uloom
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“Political leaders and communities will have to step up to the plate: placing the country’s interest above all else, building domestic strength. And within this context, it is important not to sugar coat the current harsh reality. The many brave Iraqis - who continue to pay an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard - deserve that we recognize the intolerable abuses they have been subjected to. The killings. The abductions. The violence. The intimidation. The threats. These abhorrent human rights violations are ongoing and fly in the face of all that is decent. They have no place in a democracy, any democracy.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI):
“It is imperative that perpetrators be brought to justice. Impunity ends where accountability begins. And let me emphasize: justice and accountability are a matter of burning importance to the many Iraqis who have lost their loved ones or seen them injured, for no other reason than expressing their frustration with poor economic, social and political prospects. Justice and accountability should also be a pressing matter for the State of Iraq. The rule of law must be strengthened if public trust is to take root.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed Hussein Bahr Al-Uloom, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations:
“There is now significant cooperation between protests and the security forces to ensure the peaceful nature of the protests and to block the way for infiltrators. On the other hand, the Government has made efforts to recover stability and ensure that life return to normal without being affected by the challenges facing the country. The command of operations in Baghdad and the Secretariat of the capital have been able to restore normalcy and to open markets and streets, which continuing in the gradual lifting of security restraints in Baghdad, notably in the international area, and in other cities and governorates.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, today (03 Mar) told the Security Council that after five months of protests in Iraq, which have caused numerous casualties “it should be clear that peaceful protesters - backed by a silent majority - will not budge on their aspirations.”

Plasschaert said, “this should be the political class’ first and last concern — but so far, we have seen few results” and added that “delivering on the demands of the people will require a collective effort.”

The Special Representative said, “political leaders and communities will have to step up to the plate” and place “the country’s interest above all else, building domestic strength.”

She said, “the many brave Iraqis - who continue to pay an unimaginable price for their voices to be heard - deserve that we recognize the intolerable abuses they have been subjected to. ”These abhorrent human rights violations,” she added, “are ongoing and fly in the face of all that is decent. They have no place in a democracy, any democracy.”

Plasschaert said, “it is imperative that perpetrators be brought to justice. Impunity ends where accountability begins.”

She emphasized that “justice and accountability are a matter of burning importance to the many Iraqis who have lost their loved ones or seen them injured, for no other reason than expressing their frustration with poor economic, social and political prospects.”

For his part, Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr Al-Uloom told the Council that “there is now significant cooperation between protests and the security forces to ensure the peaceful nature of the protests and to block the way for infiltrators.”

He said the Government “has made efforts to recover stability and ensure that life return to normal without being affected by the challenges facing the country” and has been able “to restore normalcy and to open markets and streets, which continuing in the gradual lifting of security restraints in Baghdad, notably in the international area, and in other cities and governorates.”

Since 1 October 2019, hundreds have been killed and many thousands injured during the protests, leading to the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
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