Human Rights

Life under siege in Yemen

SANA'A, 7 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - In Yemen, Saudi Arabia has been accused of blockading the country. But for many Yemenis, it is the Houthi militia, not the Saudis, who are preventing them from getting food and water. full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

India urged to repeal soldiers’ impunity

DELHI/YANGON, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Asia) - A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation. full report

Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers. full report

As Burundi goes to the polls, journalism is a high-risk job

BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Parliamentary and local elections take place in Burundi today after two months of protests and in defiance of international calls for the polls to be postponed. Here our correspondent, Désiré Nimubona, reflects on the challenges of operating as an independent journalist in a country where all media voices except those operated by the state have been silenced. Amid threats and attacks, dozens of reporters have fled to neighbouring states. full report

Mexico's minefield for migrants

COAHUILA, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - Central Americans fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty back home endure perilous journeys through Mexico to reach safety in the US. Now they face additional hurdles as Mexican authorities implement a crackdown. full report

Displaced Pakistanis caught between the Taliban and army

BANNU, Pakistan, 24 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - More than a year after a military offensive displaced about a million people from North Waziristan, residents say they are unable to go home because the government requires them to first sign an agreement to “stop the enemies of Pakistan,” which would put them at risk of retaliation from both the militants and the army. full report

Will the UN’s Gaza report force change?

JERUSALEM, 22 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict has caused a stir, but will it make any difference? full report

In Indonesia’s Aceh, a warm welcome for refugees in a sea of misery

LANGSA, Indonesia, 15 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Nur Yanah can’t hold back the tears when she recalls hundreds of emaciated boat people arriving in her native Aceh province after being rescued by local fishermen in defiance of the government decision to leave them adrift. full report

Forgive and forget? Amnesty dilemma haunts Uganda

KAMPALA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Should rebels who turn themselves in be allowed to escape justice for potentially heinous crimes if it might foster peace, or must they be prosecuted even at the risk of discouraging reconciliation? The renewal of Uganda’s amnesty law has reopened old wounds and highlighted this enduring dilemma. full report

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