UNCA: Afghanistan elections "defining moment" in country's history

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Jan Kubis

If successful, the elections in Afghanistan will help stabilize the country and instil confidence in the future, according to the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis.  On 5 April Afghans will elect a new president as well as their provincial council leaders. Current President Hamid Karzai will not be seeking re-election because of term limits. The elections will mark the country's first democratic transfer of power.  Mr. Kubis called it a "defining moment" in the country's history.

North Korea dismisses human rights report as "fabrication"

Commission of Inquiry

North Korea has categorically rejected a report by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights in the country, dismissing it as mere "fabrication".  The report published on 17 March found "systematic and widespread and grave human rights violations" occurring in the country and it also found an array of disturbing crimes against humanity.

Pardon of political prisoners is Myanmar’s most significant achievement: UN rights envoy

Tomás Ojea Quintana

The release of Myanmar’s prisoners of conscience has been one of the most significant achievements by the Government regarding human rights. Over 1,100 prisoners were freed following 15 presidential amnesties, according to the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Tomás Ojea Quintana says the situation of human rights has improved for people in the country, except in Rakhine State where there has been no improvement. Rakhine State is home to various ethnic groups, including the Muslim minority.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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