Government of Tunisia urged to investigate protest-related deaths

The government of Tunisia has been urged by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, to investigate deaths which occurred during recent demonstrations.

Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay

People across Tunisia have been protesting since mid-December against price increases, a lack of jobs, alleged corruption and human rights issues.

Charles Appel reports.

The official government figure for the number of people killed last weekend stands at 21 but reputable human rights organizations have reported even higher numbers.

The United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, says whatever the precise total, she is extremely concerned about the very high number of people killed.

She has called for urgent and strict adherence to basic international human rights guidelines governing the use of firearms.

She says if there is evidence that members of the security forces used excessive force or conducted extra-judicial killings, they should face legal action.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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