UNAMI envoy expresses concern over freedom of expression in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq — On Thursday, according to Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, expressed concern over the status of freedom of expression in Iraq.

At an even organized by Rudaw, Plasschaert stated that, “silencing, obstructing, ostracizing, or undermining public discourse tarnishes the image of the state and weakens public trust.”

Plasschaert highlighted the use of legislative, administrative, and judicial means to suppress dissent and intimidate those with opinions that contradict official or popular views.

She noted that while the governments of Baghdad and Erbil have adopted plans related to human rights, concrete actions are needed, particularly regarding the promotion of freedom of expression, which is critical to public and civic participation throughout Iraq.

“We all eagerly await a practical application of these commitments,” Plasschaert said.