Over 100 killed in Tunisia riots

More than 100 people have been killed in the on-going unrest in Tunisia, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

At least 70 of those killed were shot dead.

The High Commissioner said she was sending a team of investigators to asses current and past human rights abuses in Tunisia and recommend a way forward.

Ms Pillay said violation of human rights were at the heart of the riots in Tunisia which lead to the ouster of former president Ben Ali.

She called on the interim government to quickly restore democratic governance and put in place measures which will address the issues which lead to the riots.

“We all hope this will be the beginning of a new Tunisia, where people are free to go about their lives without fear of arbitrary arrest, detention, torture or other forms of abuse. A Tunisia where the press is free and where people can express their opinions without fear. A Tunisia where the government governs for the economic and social benefit of the people, rather than simply to retain power and enrich some of its members and their families. A Tunisia where individuals can stand for election without fear of reprisals, where people can freely choose their representatives, and where all Tunisians can be confident their ballots are safe.”

The High Commissioner said any ill-gotten wealth accumulated by members and close associates of the former regime must be returned to the people of Tunisia.

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