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UN urges Bahrain not to use military force on protesters

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls on Bahraini official to show restraint

UN urges Bahrain not to use military force on protesters
Protesters in Bahrain. (Getty Images)

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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