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IHCHR records 6 violations by security forces against protesters

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Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) recorded six violations committed by Iraqi security forces against protesters in Muthanna province.


The IHCHR said the security forces have suppressed the popular protests, which first began in Basra province.


In addition, the IHCHR explained that the security forces used violent and deadly force against the protesters in the city of Samawah, Muthanna.


The IHCHR underlined that the forces used light and medium range lethal weapons, as well as firing teargas canisters and sound bombs that might passed their expiry date, which endangered the lives of protesters, as many of them were injured, some in critical condition.


Furthermore, the IHCHR underscored that the detainees were subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment when they were arrested by security forces, as wounds and scratches appeared on their bodies, while some of them suffered fractures, adding that this was clear during interrogation.


The IHCHR pointed out that some correspondents who were covering the protests were assaulted by security forces, as one of them was shot.


A number of Iraqi cities and provinces, including Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Babil, Diwaniyah, Wassit, Najaf, Muthanna and Karbala are witnessing mass demonstrations and sit-ins to protest against shortage of jobs, electricity, water and basic services.

This comes as sources said the situation in southern Iraq is getting out of control as angry protests are taking control of the provinces. Activists expressed concern the IRGC militia exploits the ongoing turmoil to spread terror and hamper oil transfers. 

Last Modified: Tuesday، 31 July 2018 11:07 AM