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Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. full report

Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers. full report

Islamic law and the rules of war

DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Prospects for peace in Mindanao

MANILA, 19 March 2014 (IRIN) - Analysts warn that a peace accord due to be signed on 27 March between the Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel force, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is unlikely to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao. full report

Connectivity and emerging infectious diseases in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Experts sometimes describe Southeast Asia as a “hotspot” for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) because several major outbreaks have started in this region. Now, with unprecedented levels of connection between animals and people through urbanization, and of people with other people through increased air travel, scientists say the threat level for new diseases is high. full report

New displacements as Philippines nears final peace deal

MANILA, 30 January 2014 (IRIN) - More than 10,000 people fled their homes this week in Mindanao, southern Philippines, as government forces launched a major offensive against Muslim splinter groups opposed to a final peace deal to end decades of insurgency in the island. The country’s capacity to respond to emergencies has been stretched by a series of deadly disasters. full report

Philippines on watch for infectious disease outbreaks

MANILA, 29 January 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials are on alert to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in areas stricken by Typhoon Haiyan. full report

Philippine calamities in the shadow of Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA, 28 January 2014 (IRIN) - In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan [ http://www.unocha.org/crisis/typhoonhaiyan ], the Philippine government is struggling to meet the needs of survivors in other areas of the archipelago that have experienced calamity as well as conflict. full report

More aid for southern Philippine conflict zone

MANILA, 27 January 2014 (IRIN) - The Philippine government has completed peace talks with Muslim rebels after they agreed to turn over their weapons, ending four decades of deadly insurgency in Mindanao. This could fast-track rehabilitation of the war-torn southern region, and allow greater quantities of humanitarian aid to become available. full report

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