Human Rights

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - 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

Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?

FREETOWN, 16 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer. full report

No justice, no peace for northern Mali

BAMAKO, 13 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory. full report

Analysis: Donors threaten to withhold Gaza aid

JERUSALEM/DUBAI, 7 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Days ahead of a key meeting in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza in the wake of last summer’s bombardment by Israel, the prospect of forking out more millions has left international donors with a frustrating sense of déjà vu: they were in the same position in 2009 and 2012. This time, there’s a real risk their funding will be meager in the absence of real commitments from both Israel and the main Palestinian factions. full report

Alternatives to refugee camps: Can policy become practice?

JOHANNESBURG, 7 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - For years, the images most commonly associated with refugees have been of sprawling, dusty camps populated by rows of tents sheltering thousands of men, women and children with little to occupy them besides queuing for aid handouts. full report

Heavy toll in Iraq's “forgotten” Anbar

BAGHDAD/DUBAI, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Nine months of shelling, airstrikes and street battles have taken a heavy toll on Iraq's "forgotten" province of Anbar, the first to be overrun by militants from the group now calling itself the Islamic State (IS). full report

Dire conditions for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

MAROUA, 6 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of Nigerians who have fled attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are crowded into Minawao refugee camp in Cameroon’s Far North Region, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to relief agencies. full report

Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The UN has announced a new deal to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. While many of the exact details remain unclear, IRIN summarises the major themes. full report

Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis

ABIDJAN, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice. full report

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees

MAROUA (CAMEROON), 17 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe. full report

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