Tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated Friday (February 8th) in several cities across the country to demand administrative and legal reforms and the provision of services.
Demonstrators also condemned recent terrorist attacks in Kirkuk, Baghdad and al-Taji.
Ghanem al-Abd, spokesman for demonstrators in Mosul, called on the government to protect citizens from such attacks.
"Our demands do not call for the cancellation of the anti-terrorism law; it is the lifeline of Iraq's future and with it we will get rid of terrorism," said Fallujah Friday preacher Sheikh Khaled Hamoud. "However, the defect lies in its implementation."
"We want this law to be well-organised and well-used," he said.
Hamoud called on Iraqis to hold leaders responsible for security breaches in Iraqi cities and to hold the ministers and service officials who failed to improve the country's infrastructure accountable.
Human Rights Minister Mohammed al-Sudani, a member of the ministerial committee tasked with addressing demonstrator demands, said the committee is proceeding with its work.
"There is major progress in many of the files related to demonstrator demands," he said.
This includes speed in resolving the cases of prison detainees, the cancellation of liens imposed on properties owned by former Baath Party members not wanted by the judiciary, a decision to reinstate hundreds of people to their jobs and a repeal of the secret informant law, he said.
Investigations were also opened into incidents in which officers, soldiers and security elements are suspected of abusing human rights, al-Sudani said.