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Sri Lanka’s torture machine continues in peacetime
6 January 2016 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka’s new government has been lauded for efforts at reconciliation after a devastating civil war. Yet, civilians are still being abducted, tortured and sexually abused by security forces, according to a report published today.
The world’s clogged asylum system
4 January 2016 (IRIN ), Refugees that make it to Indonesia are often stranded there for years as they await resettlement elsewhere. But wait times are even longer now, because the crisis created by Syria’s civil war means there are even fewer opportunities for refugees in Southeast Asia to be resettled.
Briefing: Will a political dispute become a humanitarian disaster in Nepal?
21 December 2015 (IRIN ), Eight months after a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and killed almost 9,000 people, an import-crippling border blockade provoked by a political dispute has sent prices skyrocketing and is stalling efforts to rebuild. If left unresolved, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors, many of them still living without proper shelter, could suffer shortages this winter.
School closures fuel Taliban recruitment
16 December 2015 (IRIN ), Intensifying conflict in Afghanistan's Helmand Province has forced more than 50 schools to close, leaving about 100,000 students vulnerable to recruitment by the Taliban.
Rohingya refugees vanish from Indonesia
14 December 2015 (IRIN ), Hundreds of Rohingya refugees have vanished from camps in the northern reaches of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in recent months, raising concerns that they are once again turning to dangerous smuggling rings in a bid to reach Malaysia.
India border trouble blocks medicines to Nepal
9 December 2015 (IRIN ), Seven months after two devastating earthquakes, Nepal is facing “critical” shortages of life-saving medicines as political unrest along its border with India prevents imports of medical supplies and fuel.
COP21: Sri Lanka’s $675 million plan to harness floods
7 December 2015 (IRIN ), As delegates in Paris search for new ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, an innovative scheme that does exactly that is in the works in Sri Lanka.
COP21: How glacial melt and toxic waste could spell disaster in Kyrgyzstan
2 December 2015 (IRIN ), High in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan Mountains, the twin effects of climate change and gold mining have combined to pose a potential environmental and human health disaster. A melting glacier is feeding a rapidly expanding lake, which experts fear could burst its banks and overrun a mine tailings pond, releasing toxic waste into the region’s water system.
Lull in fighting allows access to thousands displaced in Myanmar
1 December 2015 (IRIN ), Aid workers are planning to take advantage of a lull in fighting in Myanmar’s Shan State to assess the needs of thousands of people displaced by clashes between the military and an ethnic armed group that began eight weeks ago.
Nepal unlocks quake funds: It only took 7 months!
26 November 2015 (IRIN ), Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has taken preliminary steps to begin spending billions pledged for reconstruction.

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