Amid a backdrop of protests in the English-speaking north-west and south-west regions of the West African country, that escalated in late 2017 into clashes between State military forces and armed groups, Zeid condemned an ambush on a Government convoy that took place earlier this month.But he cautioned that the Government’s “heavy-handed response…will only make matters worse for the women, children and men caught in the middle”.To date, the violence has forced more than 21,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, according to UN humanitarian staff, while 160,000 have been internally displaced, many reportedly hiding in forests to protect themselves.I am deeply worried that these killings … may not be isolated cases — UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein“There are reports that armed elements have carried out kidnappings, targeted killings of police and local authorities, extortion and have torched schools,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. “There are also reports that Government forces are responsible for killings, the excessive use of force, burning down of houses, arbitrary detentions and torture.”To prevent the situation from deteriorating further, Zeid urged the Government to launch independent investigations into alleged violations by State security forces and abuses by armed elements.In a statement, the High Commissioner also noted serious violations in the far north of the country, where the authorities continue to confront the terrorist group Boko Haram.Zeid said that he was “utterly appalled” by a video reportedly showing members of State armed forces executing a woman, a child and a baby who were accused of belonging to the separatist militants, and insisted the Government had an obligation to investigate the crime.“I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases,” he said.Given the seriousness of the reported violence by State and armed actors, the UN official added that it was “regrettable” that the Government had failed to grant the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) access, despite repeated requests.“We will now need to explore other options, including remote monitoring,” Zeid noted.
Handball-Planet TEAM will try to give you a good warm-up before the upcoming Women’s World’s Championship 2013 in Serbia as for the other big handball events which have been played in the last few years.NORWAY – FAVORITE NO.1The golden way of Norwegian handball could be extended in Belgrade’s “Kombank Arena”. Thorir Hergeirsson’s girls are defending champions from Brasil 2011. They know how to play big matches and certainly, they are ready to give revenge to Montenegrian girls, who will be under bigger pressure than before fantastic EHF EURO 2012 at the same place last December.HOST TEAM WANT A MEDALSerbian head-coach Sasa Boskovic proclaimed the goal for the WWCH 2013 on home soil – GOLD. Ambitions of the Serbian girls are based on fourth place at the EHF EURO 2012 last year and two thrillers in which they were defeated in semi-finals against Montenergo and bronze battle match with Hungary. It’s more realistic to see them in the semi-finals and maybe even in the final as we know that Montenegro and Norway will meet in the semis if they win their Preliminary Groups…MONTENEGRO – BACK TO THE GOLDEN CITY OF BELGRADEDragan Adzic’s girls have won silver at Olympic Games in London and Gold at EHF EURO 2012 in Belgrade in the last 16 months. It’s normally that Bulatovic, Radicevic and other world class girls want to win “all” in Serbian again. On the way to the final, they could be stopped from only one team – Norway.FRANCETwo times WCh finalist have a much better results than at EHF EURO events. Why, it is still unknown, but there is no doubt that new head-coach Alain Portes brought some new energy after Krumbholz’s time and huge dissapoitment in 2012, when the French girls missed semi-finals in London and Belgrade. In “projected” 1/4 final with Hungary, Pineau and other girls are small favorites…HUNGARYHungarian team is the first favorite to win the Group in Novi Sad, where they will have the biggest support in the hall. Tomori and Gorbicz are leading one experienced generation who break all the barriers last year with bronze medal at EHF EURO 2012. They are ready to repeat that success and find their place among TOP 4. Some projection speaking about possible clash with France at 1/4 Final. Of course, if everything goes according “plans”…BRASIL, ROMANIA, SPAIN, NETHERLANDS, DENMARK, GERMANY…These teams are strong enough to secure their place among TOP 8, but it will be interesting to see, are they capable to make a step higher. Brasil as the new “handball force” will meet Serbia at the Preliminary Group and that match in the “hot” “Čair” hall in Nis in front of 5.000 could be decisive for the rest of the competition.KOREA, ANGOLA, CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND…They are “seen” to be eliminated at the first knock-out stage after the Preliminary Group matches.TOTAL OUTSIDERS (AUSTRALIA, PARAGUAY AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)In the group of teams who will act the “flower” in the world’s handball garden are Australia, Paraguay and Dominican Republic…At the end, Handball-Planet.com will try to give a prediction:1. Norway2. Serbia3. Montenegro4. France5 -8.Hungary, Brasil, Spain and Romania9.-16.Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Poland, Angola and Czech Republic serbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story VOICE OF JURY: Duvnjak is the best! Next Story → EHF CUP TOP 16: Group A and D are most unpredictable