Nepal’s empty promise on war-time rape

For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women’s rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal’s legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country’s rape laws. Full report

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“No-build zones” confusion delays resettlement of Haiyan survivors

MANILA, 18 July 2014 (IRIN) - Mixed messages related to “No-Build Zones” in coastal areas of the Philippines, including those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2014 can create a false sense of security, and prevent the rehabilitation of storm-displaced people, officials and experts warn. full report

Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive

DILI, 18 July 2014 (IRIN) - Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced. full report

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN) - In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured. full report

Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 (IRIN) - Four years after a devastating landslide, displaced residents of northern Pakistan accuse the government of abandoning them. full report

Business boost needed to sustain Philippines post-Haiyan recovery

MANILA, 8 July 2014 (IRIN) - Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials. full report

Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State

YANGON, 7 July 2014 (IRIN) - Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. full report