A Statement from Kurdistan Region President

- 7 February 2020

Erbil, February 7, 2020

We condemn the repeated use of violence against demonstrators in Iraq. Civic and peaceful demonstrations is a lawful constitutional right, while killing demonstrators and using force in order to frighten and scatter protesters is an outright crime as it is also a violation of the freedom and constitutional rights of the citizens.

We ask for an end to the violence and an end to these unlawful and unjust actions, as we also reiterate our support for the demonstrators’ legitimate demands for better services and better living standards, which the Iraqi people are entitled to.

Everyone should understand that problems, protests and people’s grievances will not be silenced or resolved by the brute use of force. In order to bring an end to this crisis, we ask to settle and complete the formation process of the new cabinet, as soon as it is possible.

Nechirvan Barzani
February 6, 2020