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UN rights forum asks parties to Iraq conflict to follow humanitarian law

Earlier Friday, on the final morning of its 2003 session, the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights also adopted measures on the situations in Haiti and Colombia as well as lengthy resolutions on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, Somalia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.The Commission also approved brief measures on providing technical assistance and advisory services to Chad and appointed an independent expert in Liberia for an initial period of three years to facilitate cooperation between the Government and the Office of the High Commissioner.Through its resolution on Iraq, the Commission called on the international community to address the major humanitarian needs of the people, and called on it to assist in the development of free and democratic institutions in the country. The 53-member body also extended for one year the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iraq.Under the Chairperson’s statement on Haiti, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was asked to expand its activities in that country by setting up an office. Expressing the deep concern of Chairperson Najat Al-Hajjaji of Liberia at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Haiti, the statement urged the Government to continue to step up its efforts to combat impunity for human rights violations, to strengthen the rule of law, and to ensure the independence of the judiciary and to protect political leaders, journalists, trade union activists and human rights defenders.The statement on Colombia, meanwhile, noted the Government’s effort to increase human rights training, but expressed concern at continued reports of human rights abuses attributed to the armed and security forces. The Commission also firmly condemned all acts of terrorism and other criminal acts, the recruitment of a large number of children by illegal armed groups, the practice of kidnapping and all threats, attacks and assassinations by paramilitary or other illegal armed groups against persons who carried out peaceful political activities.The resolution on Afghanistan noted with concern reports of violence perpetrated by Afghan elements against certain ethnic groups, internally displaced persons and refugees who had returned, as well as cases of arbitrary arrest and detention and attacks against women and girls. It also requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint an independent expert to aid and advise the country’s Transitional Authority on human rights matters.By the text on assistance to Somalia, the Commission expressed deep concern at reported cases of rape, arbitrary and summary executions, torture and violence, in particular against women and children, and at the absence of an effective judicial system. It also condemned ongoing widespread violations and abuses of human rights and humanitarian law, and called on all States not to interfere in the internal affairs of Somalia. The Commission extended the mandate of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia for a further year.The text on the situation of human rights in Cambodia cited progress made in a number of human rights matters but noted with concern continued problems related to the rule of law and the functioning of the judiciary. read more

Womens Soccer No 15 Ohio State beats Michigan 10 and extends shutout

Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more