Human Rights chief calls for free and fair vote in Guinea-Bissau

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The people of Guinea Bissau goes to the polls

As Guinea-Bissau goes to the polls this weekend, the UN Human Rights chief is urging all sides to make sure the vote is free and fair.

Navi Pillay says the election is a chance for the country to show its firm commitment to consolidating democratic institutions, strengthening political tolerance, respecting diversity and the human rights of all."

Charles Appel reports.

Fourteen candidates are vying for the presidency in Guinea-Bissau on Sunday.

Ms. Pillay called for full respect for fundamental human rights and the rule of law.

She urged the national authorities and all political groups participating in the elections to ensure that they are free, fair and transparent, with full respect for the rights to freedom of expression, opinion and assembly.

The UN Human Rights chief says the vote is an opportunity for the country to demonstrate its firm commitment to consolidating democratic institutions. |

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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