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More protection for healthcare workers needed
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), Experts are calling for increased protection to healthcare workers and patients in crisis situations in the face of growing attacks on health facilities, which challenge notions of their neutrality.
Alert over spike in Middle East flu-like virus
5 May 2014 (IRIN ), Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu-like bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA.
Despite new era, anti-corruption agenda struggles in Yemen
29 April 2014 (IRIN ), The 2011 street revolts that drove Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh from office and spurred an internationally-monitored democratic political transition were considered a boon for anti-corruption activists, who had spent the past decade trying to foster good governance reforms in a prevailing system of graft to little effect. But more than two years into the process and despite the impetus given to the new democratization era by interim President Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi, the anti-corruption agenda is still grappling with a culture of impunity in which people are reluctant to blow the whistle out of fear of losing their jobs, donor funding or worse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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