Asia

Australia’s new migration bill shifts task to security

BANGKOK, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - This week's passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledging that might be an important avenue for Southeast Asian regional policy development. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 4 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

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

Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Australia moves on with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its legislature is also debating a bill that would eliminate most references to the 1951 Refugee Convention from domestic legislation - a move critics say could bolster the government’s asylum seeker deterrence efforts. full report

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties. full report

FILM: Ultimate Betrayal – Cambodia’s orphanage scandal

NAIROBI, 18 September 2014 (IRIN) - IRIN is proud to announce the launch of Ultimate Betrayal, a film by award-winning film maker Nicky Lankester. full report

Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity

STOCKHOLM, 12 September 2014 (IRIN) - Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts. full report

Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN) - Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects. full report