Skip to main content
Special Report

Iraqi families demand accountability after protest deaths

As families of Iraqi protesters killed during the demonstrations mourn their relations, they are also demanding accountability from authorities.
As families of Iraqi protesters killed during the demonstrations mourn their relations, they are also demanding accountability from authorities. Screengrab, France 24

After two months of unrelenting protests, unrest continues across Iraq and the death toll continues to climb. So far, more than 400 people have lost their lives in the anti-government demonstrations, mostly young unarmed protesters, since they broke out on October 1 in Baghdad and predominantly Shiite southern Iraq.

Advertising

The largest grassroots movement the country has seen in decades was spurred by anger towards an entrenched political elite over poor public services, lacking jobs and corruption. Now, according to relatives of those killed in the protests, Iraqi authorities have adopted a new tactic to suppress the voices of opponents. Families say the government has begun altering the cause of death reported for their loved ones, with the words "clinical death" taking the place of "killed from gunshot".

To watch this special report by FRANCE 24’s Ibrahim Saleh and Sanam Shantyaei, click on the video player above.

selfpromo.newsletter.titleselfpromo.newsletter.text

Page not found

The content you requested does not exist or is not available anymore.