UN rights chief condemns Libya, Bahrain, Yemen crackdowns

February 18, 2011 19:40

GENEVA — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned the violence used by security forces in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen against anti-government protesters.

The UN's top human rights official said security forces responded in an "illegal and excessively heavy-handed" manner against peaceful demonstrators.

In a statement issued by her office, she condemned the use of live ammunition against protesters in Libya, the use of electric tasers and batons in Yemen, and the use of military-grade shotguns in Bahrain.

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