Parliament's human rights
committee member Arshad al-Salehi called on the government to put serious plans
with specific time limits to limit the suicide phenomenon, followed up on by
The committee could recognize, through official and non-official parties, the increase of the suicide rate in the Iraqi society, which is a serious indicator, Salehi said.
Salehi said that among the reasons encouraging suicide is the absence of government programs and a strategy since 2003 to address poverty, unemployment, corruption and frustrations among youth.
Drug abuse, family disintegration, the non-return of displaced persons to their areas and psychological pressure all have led to the emergence of suicide, which the Iraqi society had not been familiar with.
Yusra Rajab, a member of the parliament's human rights committee, earlier called for taking urgent and effective measures to stop suicide among young people, after it has recently spread.
"It is necessary to form a joint committee with the concerned authorities, including the ministries of health and labor and social affairs, in coordination with the provincial councils to address and [address] the serious painful phenomenon of suicide, which has spread in many provinces," Rajab said.
The rate of suicide cases, especially among the youths, has significantly increased as the economic situation across Iraq is further deteriorating, said a monitoring group.
Since the beginning of 2018 until 24th April of the same year, a total of 26 people committed suicide in Diyala province alone, said the head of Diyala Organization for Human Rights.
Poverty and unemployment are determined as the main reasons for the rise of suicide rate, Talib Khazraji said.
He suggested that the government should bring more investment projects to the province and also lower the age of retirement so the young generation could fill the vacant positions.