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Washington expresses concern over arrest of activists, journalists in Kurdistan

 Washington expresses concern over arrest of activists, journalists in Kurdistan

The US Embassy in Baghdad. Photo: Reuters

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The US Embassy in Iraq expressed its concern about the arrest of journalists and activists in Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, according to a press statement issued by the US embassy in Iraq.

“We are concerned by reports of the use of tear gas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse protesters and the detention of journalists, civil society activists, and members of parliament in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) in the run up to and during protests held in Sulaimaniyah on August 6,” the statement mentioned.

For democracy to succeed, governments must safeguard constitutionally protected and universal human rights and freedoms, including freedom of peaceful assembly and demonstration, freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial with due process, and the right of journalists to do their jobs freely and without interference,” according to the statement.

“We urge IKR authorities to review these actions and reaffirm the vital roles that a free press, peaceful assembly, and the rule of law play in democracy,” the statement added.