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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.
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.
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.
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.

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