Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq (IHCHR) has expressed its concern over Basra protests, stressing that these protests may reflect negatively on the security of the second largest Iraqi province.
IHCHR called on the federal government in Baghdad and the local government in Basra to intervene urgently in order to contain the protest, as well as preventing any new clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
The commission also called on the Iraqi tribes in Basra and religious clerics to intervene in order to maintain peace among Basra’s residents.
It demanded the government of Basra to coordinate with the companies operating in the province to offer suitable jobs for Basra people.
On Sunday, a protester was killed and others were wounded near the northern oil hub of Basra as the city's residents demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services.