From the Field

Islamic extremists violate human rights in northern Mali

Human rights abuses have become systematic in northern Mali where Islamic extremists have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law.

That’s what a senior United Nations human rights official who has just concluded a four-day visit to the country told UN Radio on Wednesday.

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UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples in Namibia

Indigenous communities in Namibia are demanding greater inclusion in decision-making at all levels, according to the United Nations independent expert on the rights of indigenous people.

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Côte d’Ivoire faces big political and economic challenges: UNDP chief

Côte d’Ivoire faces big challenges to promote national reconciliation and economic development as it recovers from the violence that happened after the November 2010 presidential run-off elections.

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“Critical test” ahead for Myanmar government

By-elections scheduled for April to fill parliamentary seats in Myanmar will be a “critical test” for the government as it carries out political reforms in the country.

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North Korea, a “humanitarian basket case”

North Korea has been described as a humanitarian basket case by a senior UN official.

The isolated Asian country has recently undergone a change in leadership with the international community hoping that it will open up and address human rights issues.

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