FILE IMAGE: High Commissioner for Human Being Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during an urgent argument on current racially motivated human rights offenses, systematic racism, cops cruelty versus individuals of African descent and violence against peaceful protests at the High-Level Segment of the 43 rd session of the Human being Rights Council, at the European head office of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland June 17,2020 Martial Trezzini/Pool by means of REUTERS
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday condemned using violence by Belarusian authorities to serene protests after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s election.
Bachelet stated police were reported to have actually utilized excessive force, firing rubber bullets, utilizing water cannons and throwing stun grenades.
” Reports recommend that more (than) roughly 6,000 people have been detained in the last 3 days, consisting of onlookers, along with minors, recommending a pattern of enormous arrests in clear violation of global human rights standards,” she said in a statement.
Even more troubling are the reports of ill-treatment during and after detention”, she said, calling for the release of all those unlawfully apprehended and for investigations into abuses.
Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Gareth Jones