Over 100 people detained following Georgia riots

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One hundred and sixty-two people are said to be in detention after taking part in anti-government protests in Tbilisi, Georgia, according to the Georgian Public Defender's Office or Ombudsman.

Many of them have reportedly sustained injuries after police tried to disperse protestors using disproportionate force.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is joining the Ombudsman's call for a prompt and impartial investigation into the police response to the protests.

Rupert Colville is the spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

"We understand that the Ombudsman has compiled a 162 people who were detained in the aftermath of the protest and that many of them have injuries of various sorts which were sustained during the dispersal of the protests. Individuals who have been arrested and detained should be afforded their rights in accordance with international human rights standards. In particular they must receive adequate medical treatment, be free from torture and ill treatment, know the reasons for their arrests and be able to exercise fully their right to legal counsel and the right to challenge the lawfulness of the arrest and detention."

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