It's a crucial time for human rights in Chad says UN official

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Children play near a site for displaced families at Goz Baida in eastern Chad © David Hecht/IRIN

The government of Chad has a difficult task in improving human rights in the country, according to the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kyung-wha Kang spoke at the end of her visit to Chad where she met with senior officials including President Idriss Deby, representatives of civil society organizations and heads of United Nations agencies.

Charles Appel reports.

Kyung-wha Kang, who wrapped up her three day visit to Chad on Tuesday, said while the government had a difficult task ahead in improving the human rights situation in the country, it was clear that the political will to do so exists.

Ms Kang identified the food crisis, violence against women, impunity, judicial capacity and judicial independence and forced evictions as some of the key human rights problems facing the country.

She said this is a crucial time for human rights in the country, but noted that the government has taken important steps to harmonize its laws with international human rights standards and to establish a national human rights action plan.

Charles Appel, United Nations.
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