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Afghan refugees in Pakistan wait for reforms
3 October 2013 (IRIN ), Whenever there is news about Afghanistan on the small television in the tea shop next to his food stall, Mohibullah Mughal listens carefully, catching the latest on the anticipated withdrawal of most foreign forces next year, the planned presidential elections and efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban.
New lease on life for ex-slave girls
3 October 2013 (IRIN ), The welfare of 117 young Tharu girls at the government’s Lawajuni Girls’ Hostel in the remote Narti village of Dang District, nearly 600km southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, is the responsibility of hostel warden Brija Chaudhary, 25. They are all former ‘Kamalaris’, rescued from the system of bonded labour still applied in many middle- and high-class households.
Global sugar demand leaves Cambodian farmers landless
2 October 2013 (IRIN ), Song Kong, a 56-year-old farmer in Cambodia's southern Koh Kong Province, vividly recalls the day in 2006 when a bulldozer arrived and began clearing his paddy field to make room for a sugar plantation. Since then, life has become much worse for him and 456 other families who also lost their land in Sre Ambel District.
Gazans say Egypt is now turning the screw
2 October 2013 (IRIN ), The shift of power in Egypt over the past few months has led not just to border closures for those wanting to cross into the country from Gaza, but also to a sharp reduction in the transport of basic goods, as well as fishing rights, further isolating residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Backlash against Malawian migrants in Tanzania
1 October 2013 (IRIN ), An official crackdown on undocumented migrants in Tanzania has sparked a wave of attacks against Malawians living there, causing many to flee for home. In recent weeks, hundreds of returnees, some still recovering from the beatings they received, have been stranded near Malawi's northern border with Tanzania without funds to continue their journey home.
Minorities suffer worse health outcomes - report
1 October 2013 (IRIN ), Minority groups suffer worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, according to a new report published by Minority Rights Group International (MRG). State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, released to coincide with the UN General Assembly meeting on the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda, calls for - among other things - greater measures to combat disparities in global health outcomes between minority groups and majority communities.
Analysis: How to tackle slavery in Asia
25 September 2013 (IRIN ), There was a time when slavery was synonymous with shackles, whips, cramped ships and white plantation owners. Today the face of bonded labour and forced migration around the world is a lot more disparate. In Asia, it could be the teenage bride from Myanmar, smuggled across the border by a Chinese wedding broker; the 29-year-old Cambodian whose passport was confiscated and is forced to work on a Thai fishing boat; or a 10-year-old Bangladeshi boy born into bonded labour .
Child rape gets more media attention in Pakistan
24 September 2013 (IRIN ), It is a fact few are willing to face, but each year hundreds - perhaps thousands - of children under 18 in Pakistan are raped or sodomized, and the situation is either getting worse or being more widely reported.
Thousands detained in Libya outside state control
24 September 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of people in Libya remain locked up in militia prisons, outside of state control, more than two years after the revolution, according to a new UN report presented to the Security Council. The report says many are suffering torture and mistreatment and calls the situation “unacceptable”.
Thousands of Burmese remain homeless after communal clashes
20 September 2013 (IRIN ), Close to 4,000 people in Meiktila remain displaced as residents of this otherwise quiet Burmese university town mark the six-month anniversary of one of Myanmar's worst incidents of sectarian violence in decades.

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