Kyrgyzstan clashes appear 'orchestrated': UN rights chief
The UN human rights chief on Monday urged Kyrgyz authorities to act firmly to end clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan which appeared to be "orchestrated, targeted and well-planned."
"It seems indiscriminate killings, including of children, and rapes have been taking place on the basis of ethnicity," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"It has been known for many years that this region is a potential tinder-box, and for that reason it is essential that the authorities act firmly to halt the fighting -- which appears to be orchestrated, targeted and well-planned -- before it spreads further inside Kyrgyzstan or even across the border into neighbouring countries," she added.
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