UN rights chief seeks world support for uprisings

Navi Pillay says the world must help protesters quickly cement new changes.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 16:31 PM IST

Geneva: The UN’s top human rights official is calling on all nations to back the popular revolts shaking the Arab world.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says "the international community bears the great responsibility of extending its support in words and deeds."

She told the UN`s Human Rights Council on Monday the world must help the protesters quickly cement new changes "before former entrenched interests begin to reassert themselves, or new threats emerge”.

Pillay says protesters worry that the international community too often puts stability, the status quo and trade in valuable natural resources ahead of essential human rights.
Foreign ministers from around the world are gathering Monday in Geneva at the Human Rights Council to discuss the uprisings in Libya and other nations.

Bureau Report