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An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Post-flood health worries in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 9 October 2014 (IRIN) - As waters continue to recede after floods that have affected more than 2.5 million Pakistanis, health experts warn a further crisis may be unfolding with thousands of communities at risk of vector and water-borne disease. full report

Polio cases surge in Pakistan*

ISLAMABAD, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year. full report

Left behind in North Waziristan

PESHAWAR, 25 September 2014 (IRIN) - Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind. full report

Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock

KHOST (AFGHANISTAN)/BANNU (PAKISTAN), 23 September 2014 (IRIN) - The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty. full report

Pakistan floods affect 2.3 million

JHANG CITY (PUNJAB), 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - As the flood emergency deepens in Pakistan, now affecting nearly 2.3 million people, humanitarian teams have mobilized to work alongside local government authorities to assess needs in the worst-affected areas. full report

“Super-flood” risk Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 11 September 2014 (IRIN) - Late monsoon rains in northern Pakistan have washed away communities, devastated farmland, and brought the risk of a “super-flood” moving across the country, leaving millions of people potentially vulnerable. full report

Military operations in NW Pakistan disrupt education

BANNU (KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE), 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - Continuing military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district are disrupting the education of more than 85,000 students in state-run schools. full report

Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters

NAGAR VALLEY, PAKISTAN, 12 August 2014 (IRIN) - Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that. full report

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