UN deplores pre-election violence in Senegal

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The use of excessive force by Senegalese security forces to quell the ongoing protests is a threat to the country's long tradition of peaceful and democratic elections, the UN Human Rights Chief says.

At least four people including one police officer are reported to have been killed this week during protests that followed the publication of the list of presidential candidates in the forth coming elections.

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay is calling for restraint and those behind the violence and use of excessive force held accountable for their actions.

Rupert Colvile is the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.

"What is most disturbing is reports that in several neighborhoods around Dakar, the capital, police shot at protesters. The protesters were burning tyres and throwing stones but there are international standards about how the police authorities handle these kinds of situations. And use of firearms in particular should be absolutely a last resort, only used under very special circumstances. It's very much linked to the presidential elections. It's clearly going to be a very tense situation. It is essential that the authorities handle this with utmost care so that things don’t deteriorate."

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