GENEVA (22 February 2011) – UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday called for immediate cessation of the grave human rights violations committed by Libyan authorities and urged an independent international investigation into the violent suppression of protests in the country.
“The callousness with which Libyan authorities and their hired guns are reportedly shooting live rounds of ammunition at peaceful protestors is unconscionable. I am extremely worried that lives are being lost even as I speak,” Pillay said.
“The international community must unite in condemnation of such acts and make unequivocal commitments to ensure justice is rendered to the thousands of victims of this repression.”
IOM staff at Tunisia’s border with Libya report that migrants have begun to cross into Tunisia in efforts to escape the violence in the North African country and to get back to their home countries.
Although most of the arrivals have largely been of Tunisian nationals, migrants of various nationalities have been crossing the border into Tunisia’s Medenine Governorate requesting assistance to go back home.
An IOM staffer says local Red Crescent officials reported to him and a UNHCR official on Tuesday that in addition to several thousand returning Tunisians, there were some Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian and three German nationals who had arrived asking for onward travel assistance.