Human Rights

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

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

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