Governance

Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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

Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare

MONROVIA, 27 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. full report

Germany struggles to house rising number of asylum seekers

HAMBURG, 24 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - When a video emerged last month of security guards physically abusing a resident of a refugee housing facility in the German town of Burbach, the ensuing media furore shone a light on an asylum system straining under the weight of an unprecedented caseload. full report

Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, leaving some families unable to afford food. full report

Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?

LONDON, 22 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region. full report

Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia

NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. full report

Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local

KATHMANDU, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level. full report

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