Wednesday, March 02, 2011

UN worried over violence reports in Iraq rallies

From The Washington Post online

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 7:13 AM

BAGHDAD -- The United Nations says it's concerned about reports of human rights violations during nationwide protests in Iraq.

U.N.'s Special Representative to Iraq Ad Melkert said in a statement on Wednesday that reported violations included "disproportionate" use of force by security forces against protesters.

Melkert has also voiced concern over restrictions on the media and arrests of journalists across the country.

Thousands of Iraqis have been taking to the streets in protests fueled by anger over corruption, chronic unemployment and shoddy public services.

At least 14 people were killed during protests last Friday billed as the "Day of Rage."

Many protesters clashed with authorities, set fire to government buildings and toppled concrete barriers.

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