Human Rights

Young Iraqis bridging the sectarian divide

BAGHDAD / DUBAI, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Islamic State militants play on sectarian division as they tear Iraq apart, but a group of young Iraqi “citizen ambassadors” is trying to mend the damage by promoting a message of tolerance and peace. full report

Somali refugees feel remittance pain after Kenya attack

DADAAB REFUGEE COMPLEX, Kenya, 10 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees are among those hardest hit by Kenya’s closure of money remittance firms in the wake of the 2 April shooting of at least 147 university students in Garissa by Al-Shabab militants full report

Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report

Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study

NAIROBI, 12 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command. full report

Selective justice fears revived in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, 11 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The sentencing of Côte d'Ivoire’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, could reignite longstanding tensions in the country, where social, ethnic and religious divides have run deep for more than a decade. full report

What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?

NAIROBI, 10 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean? full report

What dissident’s jailbreak means for a tense Burundi

BUJUMBURA, 9 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The escape from jail this month of Burundian politician Hussein Radjabu, which was well organised with outside assistance, adds to the uncertainty and tension in the run-up to a presidential election. full report

Hungary reacts to migrant influx

LONDON, 9 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Soaring numbers of migrants and asylum seekers are using Hungary’s border with Serbia as a gateway into the European Union, sparking a backlash from senior Hungarian government officials who said they would crack down on the influx. full report

South Sudan's delayed peace means no justice for war crime victims

KAMPALA, 6 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Regional negotiators had warned that yesterday was the "last chance" for South Sudan's warring parties to reach a resolution, but even a renewed threat of sanctions from the international community was not enough to bring the two sides to an agreement. full report

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