[size=11]Publication date: 09.08.2022 | 10:00 GMT |[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][/size]
In line with the general decline in the space for freedom of expression in Iraq, and the complete belief behind it that authoritarian practices (or some of them) may be an alternative or remedy for the ongoing political crises in the country, the Kurdistan Region authorities continue to impose restrictions, repression and intimidation, against intellectuals, writers, and activists, because of actions, words, or expressions that fall within the framework of what is guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution and relevant international treaties, of the right to freedom of expression, assembly and belief.
He added, "Including that, the region's main cities witnessed, in the first week of August 2022, arrests of journalists, activists and parliamentarians, in the context of preventing them from organizing protest activities, including a sit-in in the parliament of the region."
The statement called on the federal government, the regional government and the judiciary to implement the provisions of Article 38 of the Constitution related to freedom of expression, by preventing such arrests in the future, and ensuring that Iraqis exercise their constitutionally stipulated right to peaceful protest, "which is an inherent right that may not be restricted by repressive laws or measures." It requires the permission of the authorities against whom the protest is organized, as do the authorities of the region and the federal government,” according to the statement.
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