UN human rights chief calls for dialogue to end crisis in Egypt

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Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy of Egypt demonstrating in Rabaa Al Adaeia Square, Cairo. [Photo from file: IRIN/Saeed Shahat]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has appealed for urgent talks to save Egypt from further disastrous violence.

The call follows Wednesday's reported killings and injuring of hundreds of demonstrators as security forces moved in to clear pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo.

She notes that there are conflicting reports about the scale of the violence with government officials saying over 500 people died while the Muslim Brotherhood puts the figure at more than 2,000.

Elizabeth Throssell is spokesperson for the UN Human rights office in Geneva.

"The High Commissioner deplores the loss of life and she is calling on all in Egypt to seek a way out of the violence. She is calling on the Egyptian authorities and security forces to act with the utmost restraint and she is also calling on people who are protesting to do so peacefully. The other key thing that the High Commissioner is saying is that even though there are conflicting reports about the scale of the violence, the number of people who were killed or injured, even according to the government's figures, does point to an excessive use of force against demonstrators." (29")

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for an independent, impartial, effective and credible investigation of the conduct of the security forces.

She says anyone found guilty of wrongdoing should be held to account.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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