Thursday, October 26, 2006

UN Human Rights Report No Joke

Finally got around to looking at the latest UN Human Rights report on Liberia, and woah. Like a dinner companion said last night, "If you look at the reports that Kofi Annan's people do, it's all wine and roses. But the UN Human Rights reports are hard-hitting." Lots of detail on judicial problems, police problems, corruption galore, failure to do this, that, and the other thing.

It's no fun to read, especially for the authorities responsible for preventing these crimes. But this kind of witnessing and documentation of HR abuses is an essential part of the process of fixing a broken society.

Sadly, the report fails to mention the rape and sexual exploitation within the UN mission's own ranks, which is well-known to be happening.

Here's the pdf


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