UN rights chief condemns assassination of Tunisia opposition leader Daniel Mullen at 6:22 AM ET
[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday condemned [press release] the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader and member of the National Constituent Assembly [official website], Mohamed Brahmi. Brahmi was shot dead [BBC report] outside his home in Tunis, sparking protests throughout the country. Pillay called upon Tunisian authorities to investigate the assassination and bring those responsible to justice. She also urged Tunisian authorities to better protect those like Brahmi who may be at risk of assassination, as such killings threaten to undermine Tunisia's efforts to formulate a new constitution. The assassination of Brahmi marks the second time in the past year that an opposition party leader has been killed in Tunisia, with Chokri Belaid being assassinated [JURIST report] in February.
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