UN rights chief raps 'disportionate force' in Bahrain

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN human rights chief expressed alarm Tuesday at the use of "disportionate force" by Bahrain authorities on protestors and urged law enforcers to end any violent crackdown immediately.

"I urge the authorities to immediately cease the use of disproportionate force against peaceful protestors and to release all peaceful demonstrators who have been arrested," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in a statement.

Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrated in the capital Manama on Tuesday demanding regime change in the Gulf kingdom like that in Egypt and Tunisia after two protesters were killed in clashes with police.

Fadel Salman Matrouk was shot dead in front of a hospital on Tuesday where mourners gathered for the funeral of Ali Msheymah who died of his wounds after police dispersed a protest in a village east of Manama on Monday.

Both were killed by "members of Bahrain's security forces," said Pillay.

The UN rights chief noted that "too many peaceful protestors have recently been killed across the Middle East and North Africa."

"Authorities everywhere must scrupulously avoid excessive use of force, which is strictly forbidden in international law," stressed Pillay.

"They must conduct prompt, impartial and transparent investigations where there have been breaches of this obligation," she added.

© 2011 AFP

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