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Minorities under pressure in Pakistan
17 October 2013 (IRIN ), Being a member of an ethnic or religious minority in Pakistan brings with it inherent risks - something dramatically illustrated in Peshawar last month when a bomb attack on a church killed at least 85 people.
Briefing: Terror grips Central African Republic
17 October 2013 (IRIN ), The crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) is deepening more than six months after a Séléka rebel coalition coup in March.
Girls fare worse in disasters
16 October 2013 (IRIN ), During disasters, girls fare worse than the rest of the population, according to a new report released on 11 October by child rights NGO Plan International.
Libya calls for EU help to tackle illegal immigrants
14 October 2013 (IRIN ), At the end of the Libyan civil war two years ago, Ben Suleiman’s militia brigade moved from fighting pro-Gaddafi forces to looking after more than 200 species of animal, including lions, crocodiles and hippopotami, in Tripoli’s zoo.
Despite reforms, corruption rife among Liberian police
11 October 2013 (IRIN ), A decade of efforts to reform the Liberia National Police (LNP) has resulted in an increasingly professional police force, yet abusive behaviour, a culture of impunity, and endemic corruption continue to erode the force’s credibility, according to researchers. As a result, many Liberians fear the LNP rather than depend on it for protection.
Compulsory detention for drug use undermines treatment in Laos
11 October 2013 (IRIN ), Laos - located between thriving opium and methamphetamine producers in Myanmar and a reported consumer base of more than two million drug users in China - has sought to limit the impact of drug transit, use and production on its population. But the government’s policies, which harshly penalize drug use, are hampering efforts to treat addiction, say health researchers.
Livelihood concerns as Kenya kicks off regional infrastructure project
9 October 2013 (IRIN ), A huge transport infrastructure project due to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.
Gambia - living in fear
8 October 2013 (IRIN ), Human rights organizations have repeatedly denounced the Gambian regime for forced disappearances, illegal detention, denial of due process, and the abuse and harassment of critics. Yet little progress has been achieved, and local activists are seeing their ability to act recede.
IPCC "conservative" on sea level rise
8 October 2013 (IRIN ), The international scientific community’s new assessment of the estimated sea level rise caused by global warming is a significant development, but experts say the projections for higher sea levels in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) assessment report (AR5) are still on the low side. The projections are of immediate concern to low-lying countries and small island states.
Tougher laws needed to protect development project evictees
7 October 2013 (IRIN ), Development projects such as new roads, or dams to boost electricity production, must ensure that the human rights of those evicted are not trampled, say campaigners, who are urging international donors to do more to insist that those affected receive adequate compensation and protection.

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