Published on Monday, August 8, 2011 by Agence France-Presse
UN Calls Rights Situation in
A UN report released on Monday said the human rights situation in
"Widespread poverty, economic stagnation, lack of opportunities, environmental degradation and an absence of basic services constitute 'silent' human rights violations that affect large sectors of the population," it said.
The report, from the United Nations Assistance
"It is believed that this fuelled instability, but it also contributed to a degree of inactivity in relation to implementing reforms and other measures aimed at ensuring the protection and provision of human rights to the Iraqi population," it said.
"Also affecting security was the withdrawal of all (
Deadly violence remains a significant issue: "Civilians were subjected to arbitrary loss of life and injury, but also limiting access to, and enjoyment of, other basic rights," the report said.
Attacks are still carried out almost daily in
"Minorities suffered from various attacks throughout
It also criticised the fact that only one woman was appointed to the Iraqi cabinet, and said that serious problems remain in terms of "honour crimes" against women, as well as female genital mutilation.
The report noted that ending criminal impunity was a "serious challenge" and that freedom of the press "remains under threat."
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