Human Rights

Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced

NAJAF/ERBIL/DUBAI, 22 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - In recent weeks the world’s attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes to other regions, receiving far less attention and support. full report

South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land

BABANANGO/JOHANNESBURG, 21 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The pace of land reform in South Africa has long been criticized as too slow, but experts and black South Africans still awaiting restitution, fear that the recent reopening of the land claims process may not only delay outstanding claims further but could actually reverse the limited progress that has been made in restoring land to those dispossessed by Apartheid-era policies. full report

Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey

SILOPI, TURKEY, 18 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety. full report

Iraq aid response “inadequate” despite funding boost

DUBAI, 15 August 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have yet to receive aid despite funding pouring into relief efforts, according to NGOs. full report

LGBTI rights – still not there yet

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks - ranging from discriminatory legislation, to impunity for brutal violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. full report

Right to dignity - barriers to healthcare for transgenders

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok, but his journey to Thailand was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel. Transgender people everywhere face extraordinary barriers when attempting to access services, including the most essential, such as healthcare. full report

Lost in the chaos - LGBTI people in emergencies

BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Global) - Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion and harm. full report

Briefing: What next for Uganda’s anti-gay law?

KAMPALA, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in aid. Then earlier this month the constitutional court threw it out. But is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), promulgated by President Yoweri Museveni in February, truly dead and buried? full report

FILM: "Hate Unleashed" - Homophobia in Cameroon

NAIROBI, 14 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - IRIN’s new film, "Hate Unleashed" - Homophobia in Cameroon, follows lawyer Alice Nkom as she seeks to challenge the prosecutions, and provide some care and support to those who have been incarcerated. full report

Nigeria - the community turns against Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, 11 August 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Young men with machetes manning road blocks is usually a bad sign. In Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, for years tormented by the Boko Haram insurgency, it actually signifies progress. full report

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