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ADVISORY SERVICES AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION
IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Situation of human rights in Somalia
Report of the independent expert, Mr. Ghanim Alnajjar, submitted in accordance with Commission on Human Rights resolution 2001/81   (14 January 2002)

The human rights climate in Somalia remains one of tenuous progress in some areas, amid continued widespread violations and specific significant setbacks. The will of the general Somali population to live in peace, in dignity and with hope, is above all evident and sustaining. The period covered by this report has witnessed considerable political crises in the two regions previously identified as stable and conducive to growth in the observance of human rights, and slow advances in the capital towards the legitimacy conducive to the consistent application of human rights principles. New forces of opposition and fragmentation have also emerged. These trends have manifested themselves in continued infringements of the rights to life and security, to due process, and to social and economic rights such as the right to education and the right to an adequate standard of living. These infringements have the harshest impact on vulnerable members of society, including women, children and minorities.

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NEWS

Press Releases on the Visit of Independent Expert to Somalia August-September 2002

Independent Expert for Human Rights Visit to Putland (31 August, 2002)
Independent Expert Says Human Rights Problems In Somalia Require Serious Attention (4 September, 2002)