Human Rights

Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill

KATHMANDU, 18 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war. full report

Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan. full report

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

COLOMBO, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war. full report

Ethnic Somalis under pressure in Kenyan capital

EASTLEIGH (NAIROBI), 11 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of ethnic Somalis have been arrested and detained in an ongoing security operation dubbed Usalama Watch mainly in Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi often known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its predominantly Somali population. Usalama means security in Swahili. full report

Getting CAR back to school

BANGUI, 9 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Coloured paper chains from last Christmas still hang from the ceiling of a dusty classroom in the Groupement scolaire pour une éducation fondamentale et internationale (GSEFI), a multi-faith school in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). full report

Myanmar peace and development scorecard

HLA LAUNG PAN, 8 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Three years after Myanmar’s first nominally civilian government in decades came to power, many of the country’s 135 minority ethnic groups say they have yet to see any tangible change on the ground. full report

Do we care enough about sexual violence?

JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Two years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. full report

Staunching Burkina’s abortions

OUAGADOUGOU, 24 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were carried out in the country in 2012, most of them performed in unsafe conditions or by untrained health workers. full report

Scant progress on Senegal’s talibé problem

DAKAR, 21 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Despite pledges by the Senegalese government to end child begging and to crack down on the Koranic schools that exploit the tens of thousands of boys, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on 19 March that very little has been done. full report

A tale of two soldiers - Mali’s past leaders called to account

BAMAKO, 18 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As Mali embarks on a difficult period of national reconciliation and the rebuilding of a fractured state, two key figures from the recent past - former president Amadou Toumani Toure and General Amadou Haya Sanogo, who staged a coup in 2012 - are being asked to account for their actions. full report

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