What? The whole Sharia regime has apparently been instituted by Misunderstanders of Islam who don't realize that Sharia is benign and completely compatible with Western principles of human rights. How odd!
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official said here Wednesday that the pattern of human rights violations in Mali is now “more systematic,” and called for the government to re- take control of the rebel-held northern part of the West African country.
“The pattern of human rights violations is changing,” Ivan Simonovic, the UN assistant secretary-general for human rights, said at a press conference here. “What is new now is that humans rights violations are becoming more systematic.”
The press conference took place following Simonovic’s four-day visit to Mali to assess the human rights situation there.
Simonovic, a Croatian diplomat and former Croatian justice minister, was appointed in May 2010 the UN assistant secretary- general for human rights
Islamic militants have established a strict Sharia law in the north following an unplanned coup in April, and the “population is suffering a number of human rights violations, particularly targeted at women,” said Simonovic.
Under the strict laws, women are facing restrictions in the ability to work, an increase in forced marriages and drastic punishments, he said.
Children are also quite vulnerable in this situation, he said, “there is reliable evidence of many children being enlisted” as child soldiers....