The Iraq Report: Human rights violations as protests rage in Iraqi Kurdistan

Rights monitors have slammed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) heavy-handed tactics against civilians who have been killed while protesting unpaid salaries, a crumbling economy, and rampant corruption since early December. Not only did the KRG use deadly force against unarmed protesters, but they had throttled the internet connection to prevent citizen journalists from exposing these violations on social media and ordered local media to stop reporting on the protests. Iraqi Kurdistan’s woes are intricately linked to the wider problems Iraq faces as a whole, with protests in the Shia-do…

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