UN rights chief asks Tehran to `respect` right to protest

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 23:53

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