Human Rights

Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists

NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour. full report

Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Outrage over UAE's new terror list

DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. full report

The case for including migration in the post-2015 agenda

BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, campaigners are calling for the inclusion of migrant worker protections in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that migrants contribute billions to reducing poverty - often at great cost to their personal safety and well-being. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 6 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to IRIN's new reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents will share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles while also highlighting key upcoming conferences and policy debates. full report

Overcoming Ebola stigma takes time

FREETOWN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 31 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Ebola survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone are facing mixed reactions as they return home after contracting the deadly virus. While some have been welcomed back into their communities, most are facing discrimination and stigmatization, or have even been shunned. full report

CAR: The search for justice

BANGUI, 30 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As the International Criminal Court (ICC) steps up its work in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging to bring the worst perpetrators of violence to justice, concerted efforts are being made to counter endemic impunity in CAR. But the prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country rules out any quick fix solutions. full report

Indonesian brothel closures hit HIV prevention

SURABAYA, 30 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers. full report

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

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