Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR)
GECHR condemns the suppression of the Iraqi protestors by the Iraqi authorities
9th September 2018
The Gulf- European Centre for Human Rights issued a statement condemning the repression of the Iraqi demonstrators by the Iraqi authorities and supported the storming of the Iranian embassy.
The political and economic corruption in Iraq led to the uprising of the Iraqi people in the city of Basra and other cities against the Iraqi government, pointing out that the demonstrators blamed the Iranian government for the establishment of an armed militia in Iraq to suppress citizens since 2003, and in fact, to allow the leaders of the political organisations and sectarian militias associated with Iran to control the major Iraqi political institutions and manage the helm of government, which was led by the dominance of Iran and its militias on the Iraqi political decision, and control over all parts of the state and its monopoly policy of directing and managing the agricultural, industrial and commercial sectors.
The Iranian control over Iraq has led to the failure of the Iraqi government at all levels of political, economic and service, and the spread of corruption and bribery and unemployment, and the spread of drugs throughout Iraq; which led the Iraqi citizens to hold demonstrations, protests and public disturbances in various Iraqi regions, especially Basra to confront the militia and armed organisations that are under the orders of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the external wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
The Iraqi political scene has become quite different from the past, and the Iraqi public opinion in the provinces of south and central Iraq, specifically Basra and Amarah, is hostile to Iran, and the parties, organisations and militias linked to Iran are organically disbanded. Iraqi citizens have also been reluctant to participate in the rigged elections.
These crises and the accumulated political, social and economic issues have distorted the illusions and illustrated the objective facts of the Iraqi people, especially in the southern provinces, which have suffered as a result of the systematic policies of political parties and militias that led to impoverishment, starvation, unemployment, drug trafficking, arbitrary arrests, assassinations, preventing people from expressing their opinions and ideas and the demand for their civil rights; which is contrary to the principles of human rights and international laws. This situation indeed has led Iraq to be declared the most corrupt state by Transparency International.
In light of these escalating situations, demonstrations broke out in the province of Basra in protest against poor services, cutting off electricity, lack of potable water, failure to solve the problem of unemployment and retirees, widespread patronage, bribery, administrative corruption, expansion of desertification and drying up rivers and marshes.
These peaceful demonstrations have moved to the cities and provinces of Maysan, Dhi Qar, Najaf, Karbala, Wasit and Muthanna until have reached the province of Baghdad. It is remarkable that most of the demonstrators have raised slogans against Iran and the political parties and sectarian militias supported by Iran.
The slogans are based on the need to resolve the Iranian sectarian militia, and the overthrow of the political system or change the political process and the cessation of Iranian influence in Iraq, because they see Iran as the main cause of what the Iraqis live. Hence, the Iraqi security forces and the armed militias confronted the demonstrators by firing live bullets, beating protestors severely, and arbitrarily arresting them and confront them violently. Dozens of demonstrators have been killed and wounded by these inhumane measures. Thus, the Iraqi demonstrators in Basra have decided to attack the Iranian consulate because Iraqis believe Iran is the main player to damage Iraqi politics, economy and culture.
The Gulf- European Centre for Human Rights stresses its support for the decision of the Iraqi people to storm the Iranian consulate because the Iraqi people have the right to condemn those who participated in the destruction of the country, and the Gulf European Centre urged the Iraqi security forces to refrain from using violence against Iraqi protesters in Basra. The Centre urges the international community and the Arab League to intervene in Iraq, and end Iranian influence in the country and prevent the Iraqi authorities from using violence against demonstrators.