Asia

Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan. full report

Ghulam Rahimi: "I'm waiting for resettlement, but it's a very long wait"

MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - Ghulam Rahimi*, 17, is an Afghan refugee from Iran. He was one of 25 unaccompanied minors detained in one room at the immigration detention centre in Makassar on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. He told IRIN his story. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home. full report

Analysis: Challenges of bringing more women into the Afghan justice sector

NEW YORK, 28 March 2014 (IRIN) - Better gender representation in the justice sector in Afghanistan will empower more women to take action against the men who abuse them. This is the reasoning of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which released a report last week documenting the gains - and considerable challenges that still lie ahead - in bringing more women into key legal positions in the country. full report

HIV interventions also needed behind bars

MANILA, 12 February 2014 (IRIN) - Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. full report

Analysis: Turning to ancient diets to alleviate modern ills

HONG KONG, 23 January 2014 (IRIN) - Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting health experts and indigenous activists to highlight a need to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients. This would also assist in improving society's relationship with the earth, and to restoring both human and environmental health. full report

Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high

New York, 23 December 2013 (IRIN) - Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries. full report

Shrinking the financial fallout of natural disasters

TOKYO, 9 December 2013 (IRIN) - Relief will be more easily and quickly available, and the economic fallout much more manageable, if governments project and plan fiscally for potential natural disasters and their human and economic toll well in advance, experts say. full report

Analysis: Help wanted – local aid workers need psychosocial assistance too

MANILA/BANGKOK, 3 December 2013 (IRIN) - Back-to-back emergencies during the last three months in the Philippines have exposed the need for more psychosocial support (clinical and social assistance to ease mental suffering) for local aid workers who are often the first responders – even when they have also been seriously affected – but are among the last to get help. full report