UN rights chief asks Tehran to `respect` right to protest
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 23:53
Geneva: The UN's top human rights official on Tuesday called on Tehran to "respect" the right to protest, amid fresh demonstrations reported by official media in Iran.

"We have written a letter to the capital in Iran calling for respect for the right to protest that is also a fundamental freedom," said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"I also drew attention to the trials that are going on and the very severe penalties and death sentences that have been imposed. I'm examining if there have been fair trials," she told a news conference in Geneva.

Earlier Tuesday, the Iranian state news agency IRNA said fresh clashes had erupted at the prestigious Tehran University as supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi fought with backers of the Iranian government.

Yesterday, anti-Ahmadinejad protesters had used an annual Students Day ceremony on and around Tehran campuses to stage new demonstrations against the Iranian president's re-election.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory has sparked several rounds of massive protests in Iran, with some 4,000 people arrested in an initial crackdown.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 23:53

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