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The $1bn hole in Afghanistan’s refugee system
3 September 2015 (IRIN ), The United States has allocated $950 million for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions, according to a report released today by a congress-appointed auditor.
Will UN report bring justice for Sri Lanka war victims?
2 September 2015 (IRIN ), After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay by six months a report examining crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks.
When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home
1 September 2015 (IRIN ), In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen.
Will Thailand deport Uighurs who fled China?
27 August 2015 (IRIN ), Despite Thailand's recent deportation of 109 ethnic Uighurs to China where they could face torture, about 60 members of the persecuted minority who remain in detention are refusing to register with the United Nations as asylum seekers.
After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One?
24 August 2015 (IRIN ), When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April, it flattened villages and killed more than 9,000 people. It should also have sent countries across the region scrambling to improve preparedness systems; yet experts say too little is being done to get ready for the next big quake.
Lessons from the rubble in Nepal
21 August 2015 (IRIN ), More than a million Nepalese children no longer have access to safe classrooms after earthquakes in April and May this year. Children are learning in makeshift classrooms fashioned out of tarpaulin sheets and poles, while others are still being taught on the rubble of their former schools.
Farm debt rises as Myanmar floodwaters recede
19 August 2015 (IRIN ), One month after torrential rains submerged much of Myanmar, the floodwaters are finally receding. But the government says 773,000 acres of farmland were damaged, including nursery plots containing seedlings for the next crop. If farmers don’t get a crop into the ground within two weeks they will miss out on the harvest in November and December.
Hunger in the jungle as Myanmar blocks aid
17 August 2015 (IRIN ), Local aid groups and the United Nations are urging Myanmar to allow access to about 1,400 people who are running out of food in makeshift camps in the jungle after fleeing clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group in Kachin state.
Drought by numbers in North Korea
13 August 2015 (IRIN ), Health, nutrition and sanitation conditions have deteriorated for citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to “a long period of abnormally dry weather,” according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body OCHA.
Record dengue outbreak fans fears in Malaysia
12 August 2015 (IRIN ), Malaysia’s Health Ministry has warned the country is facing its largest dengue outbreak ever, with 201 deaths so far this year.
Why helicopters matter in Nepal
10 August 2015 (IRIN ), The United Nations warned on Monday that it will be forced to ground its fleet of six helicopters in Nepal – which are being used for post-earthquake relief efforts – unless it receives more funding.
Flooded mines cause toxic sludge in Vietnam
7 August 2015 (IRIN ), Toxic sludge that spilled out of open pit coal mines during 10 days of heavy rains may have seriously contaminated farmland, rivers and coastal areas in northern Vietnam.
Back to the future in cyclone-struck Vanuatu
6 August 2015 (IRIN ), In cyclone-struck Vanuatu, people are using traditional methods to build storm-proof structures, as well as tapping ancient knowledge to predict oncoming cyclones and drought.
Red tape tangles Nepal reconstruction
5 August 2015 (IRIN ), More than three months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless as reconstruction efforts are blocked by logistical and bureaucratic hurdles.
Myanmar scrambles to assess flood damage
3 August 2015 (IRIN ), Washed-out roads and bloated rivers are just two of the challenges facing relief workers who are trying to assess the damage caused by flooding in Myanmar, which has already killed 27 people and affected at least 150,000 and is expected to get worse.
Pakistan floods expose response gaps
30 July 2015 (IRIN ), As Pakistan faces its fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding, relief workers are urging the government to do more to ensure inevitable future inundations do less harm.
Did Malaysia merit its human trafficking upgrade?
28 July 2015 (IRIN ), Malaysian and international NGOs have expressed shock following the release of the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report on Monday, which saw Malaysia being upgraded from Tier 3, the lowest level, where it had been placed in 2014, to the Tier 2 Watch List.
Ferry sinking highlights safety gaps in storm-battered Philippines
3 July 2015 (IRIN ), This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of 40 lives, has given added urgency a to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters. The Kim Nirvana was the 14th major ferry accident in the country since 2000.
India urged to repeal soldiers’ impunity
2 July 2015 (IRIN ), A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation.
Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?
30 June 2015 (IRIN ), Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers.

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