Georgian police may have used disportionate force: UN rights

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Georgian police appear to have used disproportionate force when breaking up anti-government protests last week, the UN Human Rights Office said Tuesday, as it called for a probe into police actions.

"With respect to anti-government protests in Tbilisi in Georgia last week, it appears that there was disproportionate use of force by police to disperse protestors," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights.

"We fully support a call by the Georgian public defender who's basically the ombudsman for a comprehensive, effective and impartial investigation into the actions of the police during this event," he added.

Two people were killed and dozens injured when Georgian riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to break up a five-day rally against President Mikheil Saakashvili's pro-Western rule.

Colville noted that the Georgian ombudsman had compiled a list of 162 people detained following the protests, many of whom appeared to have sustained injuries during the crackdown.

"Attacks on physical integrity on both sides should be promptly and duely investigated," he stressed.

© 2011 AFP

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