Source: AUN News
In a statement issued late Saturday night, the UN chief appealed to all relevant actors “to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, avoid further violence, and ensure the protection of peaceful protesters and State institutions.”
Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights – UN chief.
News media reported that protesters stormed the parliament in Baghdad for the second time in a week, breaching the high-security Green Zone and injuring more than 120 people.
Issue at hand
After nine months of a political deadlock preventing the creation of a new government, hundreds of people broke into the parliament on Wednesday.
News reports said that the latest unrest was triggered by supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr – whose block won the majority of seats last October – who oppose the nomination of a pro-Iran rival candidate for prime minister.
Protestors are encouraged to respect fundamental rights
Mr. Guterres noted that “freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental rights that must be respected at all times.”
“The Secretary-General urges all parties and actors to rise above their differences and form, through peaceful and inclusive dialogue, an effective national government that will be able to deliver on longstanding demands for reform, without further delay,” the statement concluded.
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