UN rights boss decries repression in Libya, Bahrain

Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:23pm GMT

* Navi Pillay says security forces have used excessive force

* Condemns killings of protesters

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Security forces in countries including Libya and Bahrain have used illegal and excessive force in response to the legitimate demands of their people, the top U.N. human rights official charged on Friday.

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also condemned the killings of protesters in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

"The Middle East and North Africa region is boiling with anger," Pillay declared in a statement.

"At the root of this anger is decades of neglect of people's aspirations to realise not only civil and political rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights."

She condemned as "illegal and excessively heavy-handed the response of a number of governments in the Middle East and North Africa to the legitimate demands of their people".   Continued...

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