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Hard start for Mali's new leader
19 September 2013 (IRIN ), World leaders and others who have pledged to help Mali recover from nearly two years of conflict will gather in the Mali capital, Bamako, today for the official inauguration of the newly elected president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Is land reform working in Burkina Faso?
18 September 2013 (IRIN ), Burkina Faso has been working for years to improve its land ownership legislation - particularly in rural areas - in large part to protect rural land owners from unfair deals that have seen wealthier buyers acquire vast tracts of land at the expense of poor villagers.
Afghanistan's dancing boys
18 September 2013 (IRIN ), Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan.
A long wait for justice in Libya
18 September 2013 (IRIN ), Lifts that pause between floors and the sound of keys locking doors never fail to make Ali Elakermi’s heart race. Spending 30 years as a political prisoner in Libya’s notorious Abu Salim jail has left him with a fear of enclosed spaces.
Egyptian border restrictions create misery in Gaza
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), Residents and officials in Gaza say the repeated closures of the border crossing into Egypt, a key lifeline for Palestinians in the occupied territories, is destroying livelihoods, harming health and lowering basic living conditions.
Roger Jean Claude Mbede, Cameroon: "I was subjected to torture"
16 September 2013 (IRIN ), Cameroon is among the world's most hostile countries to homosexuality, rights groups say. Homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison, as well as fines. In the past three years, the country has prosecuted at least 28 people for homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch.
No action on homophobic violence in Cameroon
16 September 2013 (IRIN ), In Cameroon, one of the world's most homophobic countries, not only is intolerance towards same-sex conduct widespread, but murder and threats against homosexuals and rights activists are met with inaction from authorities, abetting the violence, rights groups say.
Syria Diary: Leaving Damascus
12 September 2013 (IRIN ), The writer is a recent graduate of the University of Damascus from a well-to-do family belonging to a Syrian minority. For security reasons he prefers to stay anonymous. In this diary entry, he describes being arrested and his subsequent departure from Syria.
Gaps in Guinea’s penal system rob children of their rights
9 September 2013 (IRIN ), In a police station at Port de Boulbinet, in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, a teenager brushes his hand across the foot of a friend - a sign of asking forgiveness.
Analysis: Mental health cost borne by families of missing in Sri Lanka
9 September 2013 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka has yet to address the psychological trauma suffered by family members of thousands of missing persons, even decades after their disappearances, by not acknowledging the extent and circumstances of these disappearances, say activists and researchers.

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