Human Rights chief calls for prompt investigation into killing of Tunisian opposition leader

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Navi Pillay

The UN human rights chief is urging authorities in Tunisia to launch a prompt and transparent investigation into the assassination of a leading opposition politician.

Mohamed Brahmi, a member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot in front of his home in the capital, Tunis, on Thursday in the presence of his daughter.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay has strongly condemned the incident, pointing out that it is the third such killing in less than a year.

She said the authorities must take very serious measures to investigate these assassinations and to offer better protection to people who are clearly at risk.

Ms. Pillay also urged Tunisia's politicians and people to form a united front against attempts to derail the country's democratic transition.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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