Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill
Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war. full report
Myanmar peace and development scorecard
HLA LAUNG PAN,
8 April 2014
Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground.
Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?
7 April 2014
This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population.
Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka
4 April 2014
Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say.
Concern over polling in Afghan schools and clinics
2 April 2014
The recent spate of Taliban-led attacks against electoral targets in Afghanistan, with the presidential vote just days away, has increased concerns in the aid community about the use of schools and health clinics as polling stations.