Human Rights

Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast

MOMBASA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come. full report

Briefing: Targeting CAR’s predators

BANGUI, 21 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups’ sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups. full report

Analysis: Why Timor-Leste’s stability could be deceptive

DILI, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste’s current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country’s first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced. full report

Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). full report

Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process

BUJUMBURA, 17 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective. full report

Selective treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan

ERBIL, 16 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines. full report

Statelessness = invisibility in West Africa

DAKAR, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - At least 750,000 people are stateless in West Africa, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which is calling for governments to do more to give or restore the nationality of stateless individuals, and improve national laws to prevent statelessness. full report

Little help for CAR rape survivors

BANGUI, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape. full report

Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Four years after a devastating landslide, displaced residents of northern Pakistan accuse the government of abandoning them. full report

ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire

ERBIL, 9 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As the Islamist militants ISIS make gains across large swathes of Iraq, many of the country’s long-persecuted Christian, Turkoman and Yazidi minority groups worry what the future will hold for them if the country continues to destabilise. full report

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