MPs have called for rejecting the US sanctions against their
Iraqi colleagues accused of corruption and violation of human rights.
In response, social media activists commented that those MPs are corrupt and fearful that the sanctions will be applied on them too.
The US Treasury took measures against four Iraqis it accuses of being involved in corruption and human rights violation.
“We will continue to hold accountable any persons associated with serious human rights abuses, including persecution of religious minorities, and corrupt officials who exploit their positions of public trust to line their pockets and hoard power at the expense of their citizens,” the department said in a press release.
The four figures include Rayan al-Kildani and Waad Qado, and two former Iraqi governors, Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan and Ahmed al-Jabouri.
A parliamentary source said “a petition signed by 80 MPs was submitted to the parliament's speaker urging the issuance of a legislative decree to condemn the sanctions by the US Department of the Treasury on four figures.”
Meanwhile, social media users said corruption has been the base of any position held by Iraqi officials since 2003. They blamed corrupt officials who seek their personal or partisan interests over what the interests of Iraq.
The Baghdad Post observed reactions by social media users on the MPs’ request. One user, Mahmood Alzubidy, said, “Of course some people protect others. They are afraid that it’s their turn.” Another user, Najeeb Zangana, said, “Be prepared.” Other accounts said that the Iraqis agree with the US sanctions, adding that the officials serve Iran.