Press Releases & Statements

Baghdad, 20 November 2019 – Electoral reform has been a central demand of many peaceful protesters. In recent weeks, Iraqi authorities have sought to find legislative solutions that address public calls for credible, free and fair elections. This process is Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led, as it must be.

Baghdad, Iraq, 18 November 2019 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes a new contribution of US$24 million from the US Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disastet Assistance (USAID-OFDA) to strengthen primary, secondary and preventive health services in conflict-affected governorates in Iraq.

Baghdad, 13 November 2019

Mr. Speaker,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, thank you for this opportunity to be with you today, and to exchange views after an introductory statement on my behalf, to exchange views at - I think what we can all agree - is a critical juncture for the people of Iraq.

Baghdad, Iraq, 11 November 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed a new contribution of US$ 2.5 million from the US Department of State Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) to maintain an uninterrupted provision of primary and referral health services for over quarter of a million Syrian refugees living in the three Kurdistan Region of Iraq governorates of Erbil, Dohuk, and Sulaymaniya.

Monday, 11 November 2019 06:55

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Baghdad – 10 November 2019 Over the past weeks, demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and other governorates in Iraq. Protester demands cover a wide spectrum of issues, including economic growth and employment, reliable public services, prudent and impartial governance, an end to corruption, credible elections as well as broader reform of the political system - including amendments to the constitution.

The Secretary-General expresses his serious concern over the rising number of deaths and injuries during the ongoing demonstrations in Iraq.

Baghdad, 5 November 2019 – UNAMI has found that serious human rights violations and abuses continued to occur during the second wave of demonstrations that started in Iraq on 25 October. A second report, prepared by the UNAMI Human Rights Office, was published today. It follows an earlier special report which covered the 1-9 October protests and was published on 22 October.

The Directorate of Civil Affairs, Passports and Residency in Ninewa Governorate, with the support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, inaugurated today 31 October 2019, the first national Identification Document centre in Ninewa Governorate, which will provide Iraqi citizens with a national ID card. This national card will replace two civil documents – civil ID status data and citizenship certificate.

2 November 2019 Freedom of expression and free media are essential to fostering understanding, bolstering democracy and advancing our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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