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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed alarm on Friday, November 30, at the unrest in Siliana while calling on the government to stop the use of excessive force by security forces against demonstrators.

More than 220 people have been injured in violent confrontations stemming from protests beginning Tuesday over unemployment and poor economic conditions.

The High Commissioner in particular condemned the use of shotguns against the protesters, who had announced their planned demonstrations in advance to authorities.

UN Information Center staff visited on Thursday victims of the violence, who had been transferred to hospitals in Tunis, documenting instances of shotgun wounds to the head, back, face, and eyes, which may in some cases lead to blindness. Other demonstrators were hospitalized with broken bones.

Urging the necessity of continued efforts in economic development throughout Tunisia, Pillay also stressed the importance of the fundamental rights to free expression and peaceful assembly. She appealed to authorities to take the appropriate measures to prevent such abuses from occurring in the future.

 

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  1. mark says:

    Why are they a joke. If tunisians ie the government are so concerned then why are they not retraining the police in crowd control etc etc. Any organization that takes the time to comment on abuse means international pressure can be borne and hopefully it is stopped. Many organizations have reported on Palestine. What is your point…….why are u against this. Your first concern should be to stabilize your country. So long as Hamas is supported Palestine is lost. The people of that country need leadership that is not determined to kill. Hamas robs and pressures the people they are bi more than a mafia. While the local people live in fear. Do some reading find the facts for yourself and don’t be so defensive. The government in your country DONT CARE…..fact !!!!!!!

  2. dabbouz says:

    UNHRC is a joke organization..they can’t be more concerned about our citizens than us….I haven’t heard them voice anything when the Palestinians get slaughtered everyday!

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