UN official says more than 100 dead in Tunisia

UN`s human rights chief says more than 100 people have died during unrest.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 00:47 AM IST

Geneva: The UN`s human rights chief says
more than 100 people have died during the unrest in Tunisia.

Navi Pillay also told reporters at the UN`s European
headquarters Wednesday that she would send a team to Tunisia
to investigate, and that "human rights abuses were at the
heart of Tunisia`s problems."

Pillay says her office has received information on
more than 100 deaths in the last five weeks "as a result of
live fire, as well as protest suicides and the deadly prison
riots at the weekend."

She says she will ask the team to return with a plan
for ridding the nation of abuses.

The statement came as the Swiss government moved to
freeze the assets of Tunisia`s ousted president and about 40
people in his entourage.

PTI