UN rights chief urges Egypt to probe clashes

4th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday that Egypt must carry out a "transparent and impartial" investigation into violent clashes this week between pro and anti Mubarak supporters.

"The Prime Minister has apologized for Wednesday's violence. I welcome this public recognition -- unique in Egypt's recent history -- that the authorities have failed in their duties to protect the people," Pillay told journalists.

"I urge Egypt to follow through and make the necessary reforms to promote human rights and democracy."

"There must be an investigation into whether this violence was planned, and if so by whom. This investigation must be undertaken in a transparent and impartial manner," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added.

© 2011 AFP

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