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West Africa: West African livelihoods weakened by graft
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty
Israel sends migrants to new "open" detention centres
25 December 2013 (IRIN ), Hundreds of African migrants and human rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December to protest the Israeli government’s policy of detaining irregular migrants, the majority of them asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.
New law a setback for Uganda’s HIV response
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), A draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Uganda’s parliament will deliver a major blow to the response to HIV/AIDS if it is enacted by President Yoweri Museveni, activists have warned.
Ethiopian migrants return empty handed from Saudi Arabia
18 December 2013 (IRIN ), When Mohamed Yusuf left his home town in Ethiopia for Saudi Arabia a year ago at the age of 17, he thought life would change for the better. Instead, a difficult and unprofitable stay in Saudi Arabia ended with him being among the nearly 137,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants deported by the Saudi authorities to date.
Poor conditions in Indonesian immigration detention centres fuel violence
17 December 2013 (IRIN ), Dire conditions in Indonesia’s immigration detention system fuel outbreaks of violence, human rights activists claim. Many facilities are located in remote parts of the country, sometimes as much as 2,000km from the capital, Jakarta.
Tackling domestic violence in Indonesia’s Papua Province
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), Indonesian Papua is taking steps to combat violence against women and children as concerns grow about the level of domestic abuse. According the National Commission on Violence against Women, Papua Province recorded 1,360 cases of gender-based violence per 10,000 women in 2012.
Egyptian civilians in crosshairs of Sinai militants
11 December 2013 (IRIN ), In their fight against Egyptian security forces, militants in Sinai have also, at times, targeted civilians - and for a wide range of reasons: collaborating with the police, refusing to let militants place an improvised explosive device in front of their homes; or, in at least one case, wearing a T-shirt in support of Egypt’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Civilians caught up in Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations
10 December 2013 (IRIN ), As Egyptian security forces wage their campaign against militants in the restive North Sinai governorate, some residents say they have paid a heavy price: civilian deaths; destruction of homes, property and livelihoods; displacement; and little hope for compensation.
Sinai: Destined to suffer?
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Long a neglected region of Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula has been home to an intense military campaign for months, as security forces try to root out increased militancy in the area. This IRIN series takes you to seldom visited villages of North Sinai to speak to civilians who have been caught in the middle.
Analysis: Pakistan's judges and military clash over rule of law
9 December 2013 (IRIN ), Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan's Supreme Court nearly every day last week. Shah's four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan's civilian government over its military.

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