July 26, 2013

UN Condemns The Assassination Of Tunisian Opposition Leader

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Violaine Martin
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Mr. Brahmi, a member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot dead in front of his daughter outside of his house in a Tunis.

Top officials in the United Nations have condemned the assassination of the Tunisian opposition leader.

Led by the United Nations human rights chief, they called on the authorities to investigate the murder, and urged Tunisian citizens to stand united against attempts to derail the country’s democratic transition.

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “calls for calm and stresses that acts of political violence weaken legitimate state institutions which underpin the democratic process. This heinous act must not be allowed to derail the progress that Tunisia continues to make in its democratic transition, including on the Constitution, and in meeting the social and economic aspirations of the Tunisian people,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

“The assassination of Mr. Brahmi, which coincides with the 56th anniversary of the Declaration of the Tunisian Republic, risks upsetting the vital constitution-making process that is in its final stages,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay in a statement issued on July 25.

 

“I urge all actors in Tunisia – Government, opposition, the general public and civil society – to stand firm and united in the face of political violence, and defend everyone’s freedom to hold and express diverse political views.”

 

This is the third killing of this kind in the past ten months. In October, Lofti Nagdh was killed and in February, Chokri Belaid, another opposition member was assassinated in similar circumstances to Mr. Brahmi’s murder.

 

“The Tunisian authorities must take very serious measures to investigate these assassinations, identify the culprits and bring them to justice,” Ms. Pillay said.

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