The head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Basra told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) “after contacting with the security forces in the province to release the 11 demonstrators arrested by security forces today after the completion of legal procedures under the pretext of not obtaining permission to hold the demonstration. The security forces released the demonstrators.
He added "There is no constitutional provision that prohibits demonstrations. This is guaranteed by the constitution for the citizen to have the right to demonstrate, but the cabinet authorized the Interior Ministry to prevent demonstrations until having official approvals obtained."/ End