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Somalia: Due to mounting civil unrest and the breakdown of the state, corruption in Somalia is rampant. There is no judicial system functioning effectively at the national level. In many regions, local authorities administer a mix of Sharia (Islamic law) and traditional Somali forms of justice and reconciliation. The human rights situation in Somalia remained grim in 2009. Women in Somalia face a great deal of discrimination. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in some form on nearly all Somali girls, and sexual violence is rampant. Here, a Somali government soldier patrols in the capital Mogadishu in February.

PHOTO: Fara Abdi Warsameh/AP/FILE

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