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Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99989/Can-Islamic-law-be-an-answer-for-humanitarians
Rough guide to Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99990/Rough-guide-to-Islamic-rules-of-war
Islamic law and the rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99987/Islamic-law-and-the-rules-of-war
Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99988/Jihadi-jurisprudence-Militant-interpretations-of-Islamic-rules-of-war
Yemen aid work ever more risky
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), The 25 March kidnapping and release of two UN workers has underlined the risks aid workers in Yemen face.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99874/Yemen-aid-work-ever-more-risky
Turkey’s ambitions as a rising donor
27 March 2014 (IRIN ), From humble beginnings, Turkey is maturing into a major player in international humanitarian aid, becoming the world’s fourth largest government donor of humanitarian aid in 2012. And as it has grown, Turkey’s aid has taken its own form - largely bilateral and on the frontlines - arousing both critics and admirers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99848/Turkey-s-ambitions-as-a-rising-donor
Limited humanitarian access to Yemen’s Al Dhale Governorate
11 March 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarians say they are still struggling to get uninterrupted access to Al Dhale Governorate in southern Yemen, which has seen fighting between militant separatists and the government since December 2013, leading to the deaths of an estimated 40 civilians.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99769/Limited-humanitarian-access-to-Yemen-s-Al-Dhale-Governorate
UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99750/UAE-aid-a-top-20-donor-plans-to-get-bigger
Conflict in Yemen’s north threatens political transition
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), At least seven months of stop-start clashes in northern Yemen are hampering aid delivery and raising fears that conflict here could derail the country’s political transition process, according to aid workers and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99697/Conflict-in-Yemen-s-north-threatens-political-transition
Arab Spring complicates shifting demands in health sector
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99559/Arab-Spring-complicates-shifting-demands-in-health-sector
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99381/Life-saving-hepatitis-C-drug-approved-but-cost-is-high
Mass returns from Saudi risk instability in Yemen
2 December 2013 (IRIN ), Around 200,000 Yemeni expatriate workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since June, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), amid a sharp escalation in deportations as Saudi authorities crack down on those breaking labour laws - developments that risk increasing poverty and destabilizing the transition in Yemen, say analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99243/Mass-returns-from-Saudi-risk-instability-in-Yemen
Somali refugees in Yemeni limbo
7 November 2013 (IRIN ), It is eight years since Esmahan Abdaqadir Ali left the Somali capital Mogadishu for a new life in Saudi Arabia, and things have not quite turned out as planned. For a start, she never reached her destination.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99078/Somali-refugees-in-Yemeni-limbo
“Catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Yemen’s Dammaj
6 November 2013 (IRIN ), A fresh outbreak of sectarian fighting in northern Yemen between militants of the Houthi-led Shia movement and (Sunni) Salafists has entered a second week with at least 50 people killed, according to a senior government health official, and aid workers getting little access to the besieged village of Dammaj, a Salafist stronghold.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99073/Catastrophic-humanitarian-situation-in-Yemen-s-Dammaj
Briefing: Schools start fresh after years of disruption in southern Yemen
11 October 2013 (IRIN ), Teachers, parents and education officials in Yemen’s second-largest city, Aden, are hoping the newly started school year will be the first in three years to be uninterrupted by humanitarian crises, political disruption or conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98921/Briefing-Schools-start-fresh-after-years-of-disruption-in-southern-Yemen
Analysis: IDPs return amid continuing insecurity in Yemen’s war-torn Abyan
7 October 2013 (IRIN ), A large-scale aid effort focused on rebuilding conflict-hit Abyan Governorate in southern Yemen is yielding positive results, but more than a year after al-Qaeda-linked militants were driven out, the police - and an accompanying sense of security - have yet to return.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98890/Analysis-IDPs-return-amid-continuing-insecurity-in-Yemen-s-war-torn-Abyan
Preparing for MERS virus ahead of Hajj pilgrimage
7 October 2013 (IRIN ), Public health officials in the Gulf states are playing down fears about an outbreak of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims travelling to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month, though doctors are advising the elderly, people with existing health conditions, pregnant women and young children to stay away.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98889/Preparing-for-MERS-virus-ahead-of-Hajj-pilgrimage
Freedom from fear and the post-MDG agenda
24 September 2013 (IRIN ), Heroin from Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer, is sent across the border to Tajikistan and then on to Russia, the world’s largest consumer. Methamphetamines are sent from Benin via Egypt to Japan. Containers of Andean cocaine are shipped from Brazil to West Africa, where Nigerian smugglers then re-export the drugs to Western Europe. Migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia are smuggled to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98821/Freedom-from-fear-and-the-post-MDG-agenda
UN, Muslim NGOs draw closer
23 September 2013 (IRIN ), In this IRIN podcast, we discuss progress made in improving the relationship between the UN and NGOs from the Arab/Muslim world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98815/UN-Muslim-NGOs-draw-closer
In-Brief: How to come by aid funding in the Muslim world
19 September 2013 (IRIN ), At a conference in Kuwait on partnerships in humanitarian action, representatives of Qatar Charity stood up with an impromptu announcement.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98788/In-Brief-How-to-come-by-aid-funding-in-the-Muslim-world

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