Human Rights

We saw what you did - satellites and human rights

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - The shocking satellite imagery of the destruction in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram when they stormed in. full report

In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation? full report

ICC and Palestine - a long way to go

JERUSALEM, 19 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The ICC has opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes during last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off. full report

Heading to The Hague - Uganda reacts to surrender of top LRA man

KAMPALA, 14 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Some want him tried in The Hague; others in Kampala. Others still say he should receive an amnesty for his alleged crimes against humanity. Top rebel commander Dominic Ongwen was abducted into a Ugandan insurgency at the age of 10. His surrender earlier this month is eliciting very mixed feelings from his compatriots. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN Global) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma

DILI, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution, already hampered by a general lack of trust in the formal court system, have suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas. full report

Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"

DAKAR, 28 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate. full report

Mauritania cracks down on land reform activists

NOUAKCHOTT, 21 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The latest arrest of a group of prominent anti-slavery activists in Mauritania has once again brought to the fore the country's struggle with slavery and discrimination based on colour. full report

Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

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