UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on Bahraini official to show restraint
The United Nations' human
rights office called on Bahrain on Friday not to use military
force on protesters and urged Syria to investigate a deadly
police crackdown in Deraa.
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, met
Bahraini officials in Geneva on Thursday and reiterated her
appeal for the government to exercise restraint, her spokesman
Rupert Colville said.
"We understand a fresh wave of protests has been announced
for today (Friday) and we urge the government not to use force
against peaceful demonstrators," Colville told a news briefing.
"We will be watching with some nervousness what will go on
in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain," he added.
Pillay will also send a high-level team of UN human rights
officials to Egypt on Sunday to meet with senior members of the
government and army, as well as judges and activists, Colville
said. Those officials will make recommendations to Pillay.
She is also opening a permanent UN human rights office in
Tunisia, only the second in North Africa after Mauritania, he
"In Tunisia and Egypt, although things went much
better there than Libya, there is still a lot of work to be
done," Colville said.
Popular revolts earlier this year overthrew entrenched
leaders in Tunisia and Egypt and have inspired protests across
the Arab world. Crackdowns on the demonstrations in Libya,
Yemen, Syria and Bahrain have led to violence and bloodshed.
Muammar Gaddafi's harsh response to the uprising prompted a
NATO-led operation to enforce a no fly zone over Libya in a bid
to prevent more civilian casualties.
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