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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.
Heatwave is death sentence for Karachi’s poor
24 June 2015 (IRIN ), A heatwave has killed nearly 750 people this week in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and most of the victims were poor people with no means of escaping the soaring temperatures.
Displaced Pakistanis caught between the Taliban and army
24 June 2015 (IRIN ), More than a year after a military offensive displaced about a million people from North Waziristan, residents say they are unable to go home because the government requires them to first sign an agreement to “stop the enemies of Pakistan,” which would put them at risk of retaliation from both the militants and the army.
Sri Lanka returns land confiscated by military during decades-long war
19 June 2015 (IRIN ), Sri Lankan families are beginning to return home as the government returns land seized during the decades-long war, in a step towards reconciliation.
Pakistan turns up the heat on NGOs
19 June 2015 (IRIN ), The recent closure of Save the Children USA in Pakistan has further soured relations between NGOs and the government, potentially putting at risk life-saving programs for tens of thousands of people across the country
Education still on hold after year of war in Pakistan
18 June 2015 (IRIN ), War flared up in Pakistan's North Waziristan a year ago, leading almost one million people displaced. Among them are tens of thousands of school age children who have not been able to attend classes since leaving home in June 2014.
The changing face of disaster funding
17 June 2015 (IRIN ), Online fundraising platforms could revolutionise the way emergencies are funded. The response to the Nepal earthquake is likely just the beginning.
In Indonesia’s Aceh, a warm welcome for refugees in a sea of misery
15 June 2015 (IRIN ), Nur Yanah can’t hold back the tears when she recalls hundreds of emaciated boat people arriving in her native Aceh province after being rescued by local fishermen in defiance of the government decision to leave them adrift.
Does labour migration do more harm than good?
12 June 2015 (IRIN ), Unlike its namesake, Jeddah Village boasts no sprawling shopping centres or skyscrapers soaring from the desert sands, but this cluster of homes in Indonesia’s Cireunghas district is intimately tied to Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital: many of the houses were built with money saved by locals who travelled there to work.
After regional quakes, Philippines prepares for the big one
10 June 2015 (IRIN ), Recent quakes in Nepal and Malaysia have shaken the Philippines into action, with authorities scaling up earthquake preparedness drills and safety inspections of public buildings in the capital Manila.
Tackling the roots of the Rohingya crisis
8 June 2015 (IRIN ), As Malaysian police finish exhuming mass graves in human trafficking camps along the Thai border, Southeast Asian nations are under pressure to end the brutal trade in human lives by tackling the roots of the crisis.
After killer heatwave, will India take action?
5 June 2015 (IRIN ), Temperatures are slowly falling in India with the approach of the cool monsoon rains, but a heatwave that left more than 2,300 people dead has raised questions about how prepared the government will be for the next one.
Is the Philippines about to miss its chance at peace?
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), After almost 30 years of fighting, the government in the Philippines signed a peace agreement last year with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). With a bill aimed at ending the Muslim separatist insurgency floundering in congress, observers are warning that the conflict could reignite:
Living in limbo: Refugee stories from Indonesia
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), Indonesia, along with Malaysia, has agreed to give temporary refuge to several thousand Rohingya who reached its shores in recent weeks, provided they are resettled elsewhere within one year. But Indonesia is already host to 4,400 refugees, most of whom have been waiting far longer than a year for resettlement while another 7,000 asylum seekers are still awaiting refugee status decisions.
Are landslides Nepal’s next big killer?
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), Already devastated by a massive earthquake, Nepal is now struggling to prepare for a potential series of landslides triggered by the oncoming monsoon.
Did Malaysian cops ignore Rohingya trafficking?
2 June 2015 (IRIN ), Malaysian police have launched a sweeping investigation into human trafficking rings after announcing on 25 May that they had found 139 shallow graves around 28 camps along the remote frontier with Thailand. But did they have enough information to have acted years ago and save lives?

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