UN rights chief condemns killing of Tunisia political opposition leader Jerry Votava at 2:46 PM ET
[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday spoke out [press release] against the assassination of Chokri Belaid, a political opposition leader in Tunsia. Belaid was killed by gunfire outside of his home on Wednesday morning. Pillay described Belaid as "a prominent defender of human rights and democratic values, and a firm opponent of political violence, which just yesterday he publicly condemned as 'a blow against the democratic process in the country.'" Pillay also called on the government to conduct a thorough investigation regarding the killing and called for additional protection to other political leaders who have received similar threats of violence. Protests have flared around Tunis, and President Moncef Marzouki [official website, in Arabic] has announced [BBC report] an intention to create a new non-partisan government in the wake of the assassination.
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