The UN human rights chief said Wednesday that she is shocked by the recent violence in Iran and urged the government to keep security forces from using excessive force.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the information available indicates that security forces and pro-government Basij militiamen have used excessive violence against anti-government protesters.
At least eight people have died during demonstrations this week and top opposition figures have been arrested in the worst unrest since the aftermath of June's disputed presidential election.
Pillay said she is "shocked by the upsurge in deaths, injuries and arrests."
She also said that people have the right to peacefully protest without being beaten and thrown into jail.