Human Rights

The case that exposes Jordan's deportation double standards

AMMAN, 25 May 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The case of Wael al-Sahlee, who was nearly sent deported to Syria last week after spending two weeks sleeping in an airport, has shone fresh light on the Jordanian government's dubious deportation practices. full report

Prisons ignoring the rights of Ivorian youth

ABIDJAN, 21 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hundreds of children in Cote d'Ivoire are living among adult prisoners in detention centres as they await trial. full report

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI, 14 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. full report

Who are the Imbonerakure and is Burundi unravelling?*

BUJUMBURA, 28 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - There are widespread reports that the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, known as the Imbonerakure, are waging a campaign of intimidation and violence to help President Pierre Nkurunziza win a third term in June elections. Here's a look at the origins of the group and the fast-evolving situation in a country still on edge after a brutal 12-year civil war: full report

Hope and fear: Kyrgyz migrants in Russia

OSH, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Asia) - In Kyrgyzstan, about a fifth of the population works in Russia. A combination of tougher rules and growing hostility to migrants is making life increasingly difficult. Yet next month brings a new trade agreement - and new hope. full report

Forced separation: life inside Myanmar's Rohingya and Buddhist camps

SITTWE, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - The Myanmar government is collecting temporary identification cards from the minority Rohingya community in the western state of Rakhine, which was riven by violence between Muslims and Buddhists in 2012. Some 140,000 Rohingya and about 10,000 Buddhists still live in separate camps set up in the wake of the conflict. Three years on, IRIN finds conditions grim and attitudes entrenched. full report

How fragile is Burundi's peace?

BUGESERA, Rwanda, 22 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - With 12,000 Burundians now taking refuge abroad, concern is growing that the fragile peace of the last decade could shatter if President Pierre Nkurunziza continues to pursue his controversial bid for a third term in June elections. Refugees allege a campaign of intimidation from ruling party thugs and the US State Department is already talking about a "climate of fear" full report

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

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