UN sending rights team to Tunisia over deaths

The United Nations is sending a team of human rights officials to Tunisia to look into weeks of violence.

UN sending rights team to Tunisia over deaths

The United Nations is sending a team of human rights officials to Tunisia to look into weeks of violence and advise the new coalition government, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday.

"This team should be on the ground by next week," she told a Geneva news conference, estimating more than 100 people have died in bloodshed linked to demonstrations which led to the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

"My office has received information concerning more than 100 deaths over the last five weeks as a result of live fire, as well as protest suicides and the deadly prison riots at the weekend," Pillay said.

The Tunisian government has said at least 78 people have been killed in the unrest.

Pillay said it was important that people be held accountable for human rights abuses committed in Tunisia and called for international support for "transitional justice" in the North African country along with reviews of its laws and institutions.

"It is equally important that, in the meantime, people do not take the law into their own hands," Pillay said, adding that she spoke with the new deputy foreign minister, Radhouane Nouicer, who welcomed the U.N. mission in principle.


Reuters

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