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UN rights chief alarmed over violence in Egypt

UN rights chief alarmed over violence in Egypt

Geneva: The UN's top human rights official is expressing alarm at the spreading violence and rising number of deaths in Egypt, saying the government must stop using excessive force against protesters.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged President Mohammed Morsi's government "to take urgent measures to ensure that law enforcement personnel never again use disproportionate or excessive force against protesters" because it is both illegal and likely to make the situation more explosive.

In a statement today, Pillay called for immediate investigations into the wave of violence and a review of police tactics used to clamp down on demonstrations.

Nearly 60 people were killed in five days of unrest as Morsi called on the army to restore order and imposed a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew.


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