26/02/2022

UN Envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plaesschaert calls for standing by the Iraqi people and fulfilling their rights

During a briefing at the UN Security Council on Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Baghdad, warned of a repeat of the protests in Iraq in 2019.

The envoy made it clear that the Iraqi people need help to fulfill their rights and aspirations in terms of securing job opportunities and creating stability and security in Iraq, protecting their rights and freedoms, creating an accountability system and setting economic reform plans.

Plaesschaert indicated that obstructing the change and reforms that the country needs is not good, and that weakness inside Iraq may lead to disasters. It is possible for Islamic State to exploit any political and security vacuum to launch attacks, and internal weakness may lead to external interventions.

Palesschaert also called on all Iraqi officials, representatives and ministers to stand by the Iraqi people, support them, listen to their demands and secure their rights, warning against the recurrence of the protests that swept Iraq three years ago.

It is noteworthy that in 2019, Iraqis took to the streets to protest the lack of social, economic and political opportunities, which resulted in the death and injury of many Iraqi civilians and the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.