Human Rights

Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

BANGKOK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse. full report

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

NEW YORK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized? full report

Back to school in Gaza amid fear, hope

GAZA, 13 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian pupils in Gaza are heading back to school on 14 September keen to start a delayed new academic year, and all too aware of the impact of the recent conflict. full report

Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized

MONROVIA, 12 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often in the face of local anger. full report

Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities. full report

Can legal changes stop trafficking in Yemen?

BEIRUT, 9 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A Yemeni draft law envisaging strict penalties for those involved in trafficking migrants, including kidnapping them and demanding ransom, may finally bring an end to decades of exploitation. full report

Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar

DHAKA, 4 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation. full report

Northern Nigeria: ruined lives

MAIDUGURI, 4 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands have died in the violence in Nigeria’s northeast between Boko Haram insurgents and the security forces, with no end in sight to the bloodletting. full report

Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread

NAIROBI, 3 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts. full report

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

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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

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