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Analysis: How to tackle slavery in Asia
25 September 2013 (IRIN ), There was a time when slavery was synonymous with shackles, whips, cramped ships and white plantation owners. Today the face of bonded labour and forced migration around the world is a lot more disparate. In Asia, it could be the teenage bride from Myanmar, smuggled across the border by a Chinese wedding broker; the 29-year-old Cambodian whose passport was confiscated and is forced to work on a Thai fishing boat; or a 10-year-old Bangladeshi boy born into bonded labour .
Massive groundwater pumping in Asia may poison millions - study
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), Millions of people in South and Southeast Asia may be at risk of arsenic poisoning as massive pumping of groundwater pushes tainted water closer to uncontaminated aquifers, scientists warned in a new study published in the journal Nature.
Analysis: In search of less a deadly syringe
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), To someone who has never injected illicit drugs, all syringes may look similar, but recent research out of the US shows differences in design can be “dramatic” and may slow the spread of HIV infections.
Analysis: Sex workers bear brunt of war on trafficking
3 September 2013 (IRIN ), Laws and interventions aimed at reducing human trafficking by targeting commercial sex workers can, whatever their good intentions, actually endanger their health and result in human rights violations, experts say.
Call for stronger security for Thai teachers in south
30 July 2013 (IRIN ), Stronger security is needed for teachers in government schools in Thailand’s deep south, where an ongoing insurgency by Muslim separatist groups has left more than 150 teachers dead since 2004, say officials.
Taking the pulse on Burmese repatriation
25 July 2013 (IRIN ), A recent pilot survey of thousands of Burmese refugees in Thailand could play a key role in gauging possible large-scale repatriation.
Thailand’s MSM face alarming HIV rates
19 July 2013 (IRIN ), Health officials are struggling to stem alarming rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Thailand.
Analysis: Southeast Asia slowly accepting harm reduction
5 July 2013 (IRIN ), Southeast Asia is slowly embracing harm reduction in an effort to curb illicit drug use and HIV/AIDS, but huge obstacles remain, experts say.
Rohingya detainees in Thailand face dire conditions
28 June 2013 (IRIN ), Human rights groups are calling for improved living conditions for close to 2,000 Rohingya boat people now in detention in Thailand.
Analysis: New opium elimination plan in Myanmar
28 June 2013 (IRIN ), A recent peace initiative in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State could play a key role in poppy eradication in a country which is the world’s second largest opium producer, experts say.

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