How to improve health for Myanmar's ethnic minorities

Developing existing ethnic minority health systems could be part of the solution, but it would require government recognition and international support. full report

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India-Pakistan: The new victims of an old border dispute

SIALKOT, 25 February 2015 (IRIN) - India and Pakistan’s decades-old territorial dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir is often portrayed as a dormant conflict. But for the people of the region it is anything but. full report

Peshawar killings provoke crackdown on Afghans

KARACHI, 5 February 2015 (IRIN) - Thousands of Afghans in Pakistan have been arrested or moved from their homes of many years in the wake of December’s killing of over 100 schoolchildren in the city of Peshawar. The Afghans, the majority of whom are not registered refugees, have been targeted in a government crackdown announced immediately after the killings. full report

Opening up? Sri Lanka's new government confronts legacy of war

Colombo, 3 February 2015 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka’s new government says it will tackle sensitive issues relating to the civil war that ended in May 2009, including allegations of human rights abuses, missing persons and political prisoners. But it still insists international investigators are not welcome. full report

Sri Lanka's NGOs test limits of new freedoms

MANNAR, 28 January 2015 (IRIN) - The surprise victory of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka's recent presidential election could signal an easing of restrictions on NGOs and activists working in the conflict-scarred north. Early indications suggest the highly sensitive issue of the thousands still missing after the end of the war is now no longer politically taboo. But will the new space for discussion lead to concrete action? full report

Myanmar’s reform roller coaster

Nairobi, 23 January 2015 (IRIN) - MSF's announcement that it has resumed operations in Rakhine state is welcome news. But the space for humanitarian agencies shifts in line with Myanmar's stumbling reform process. And in an election year, it could become an increasingly bumpy ride. full report

Accountability after Haiyan

London, 21 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines in November 2013, the emergency response was a test case for the aid industry's aspiration to be accountable to affected populations. What lessons were learnt? full report

Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

LONDON, 19 January 2015 (IRIN) - Delivering aid to millions of Afghans in need will be even more dangerous in 2015, as government forces and militant groups splinter and security deteriorates, analysts say. full report

Vietnamese asylum cases test Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 30 December 2014 (IRIN) - Cambodia’s actions in the ongoing case of a group of Vietnamese ethnic minorities suggests the country’s capacity and willingness to protect asylum seekers remains weak. A group was transferred to the capital, Pnom Penh, in recent weeks to have their claims processed which, refugee advocates say, will be a “test” for the Cambodian government as it prepares to welcome some 1,000 refugees from Australian detention centres. full report

Aceh's unfinished recovery

BANDA ACEH, 26 December 2014 (IRIN) - In a guest post, Lilianne Fan with Overseas Development Institute examines the fallout of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs and devastated coastal towns and communities. The impact was global in scale - an estimated 270,000 people killed or missing across 14 countries, with casualties in 46 nations. But while the tsunami’s destruction was felt around the world, Aceh was by far the region most devastated by the disaster, bearing almost half of the total damage and losses worldwide. full report

Sri Lanka, the tsunami and the evolution of disaster response

COLOMBO, 24 December 2014 (IRIN) - On the morning of 26 December 2004, Mohideen Ajeemal, a fish distributor from Sainathimaruthu, a village on Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, hurriedly climbed a coconut tree to escape rapidly rising seawater. As he did so he saw his young daughter and son struggling to save themselves. “I found both bodies later that afternoon. My son’s body was swept away about a mile, my daughter’s had got stuck in a fence,” he said. full report