Nine protesters were killed in the capital Baghdad and three others in the southern city of Nasiriyah, about 350 km south of Baghdad, according to the statement.
More than 600 people have been killed in anti-government demonstrations that started in October, according to the IHCHR and Amnesty International.
Leading Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr had called for demonstrations against the US in Baghdad and other cities on Sunday but cancelled them with his office giving "avoiding internal strife" as the reason.
Sadr, who has millions of supporters in Baghdad and the south, said on Saturday he would end his involvement in the anti-government unrest.
Sadr's supporters have bolstered the protesters and at times helped shield them from attacks by security forces and unidentified gunmen, but began withdrawing from sit-in camps on Saturday following his announcement.
The protester are suffering. Moqtada? He's suffering as well.
He was a movement leader. If all he has is the people in Sadr City (a section of Baghdad) and a few in Basra, he's as popular as any militia leader but not a movement leader. He made a foolish mistake and whether he's able to correct it or not remains to be seen.
In other news, Chad Garland (STARS AND STRIPES) reports:
A rocket attack on the heavily fortified Baghdad Green Zone on Sunday hit the U.S. Embassy, drawing condemnation from Iraq’s acting prime minister, who said such acts threaten to drag the country into a new conflict.
Five rockets fell onto the international zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, but left no casualties, the Iraqi government’s security media cell said in an online statement. Of those, an unspecified number hit inside the U.S. Embassy compound, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said in an online statement.
REUTERS notes, "Security sources told Reuters that at least one rocket landed inside the U.S. embassy compound and wounded three people. If confirmed, it would be the first time in years that such attacks on the Green Zone, which are regular, have actually hurt staff there." Hillary Clinton's friend Hoshyar Zebari has weighed in:
Zebari is a Kurd. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for nearly eleven years -- including the four years Hillary was Secretary of State. Zebari was the Iraqi closest to Hillary -- the two had a strong working relationship. After he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he went on to other positions. His final position was as Minister of Finance. He was 'retired' from that position in the midst of corruption charges and after a no-confidence vote took place in the Parliament.
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