Human Rights

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

Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State

YANGON, 7 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. full report

Calls for media freedom to be included in post-2015 development goals

NEW YORK, 4 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - In the debate over the inclusion of media freedom and access to information in the post-2015 development agenda, it is perhaps fitting that it all comes down to language. full report

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

Lingering trauma impact of Timor-Leste’s violent past

DILI, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste’s recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions. full report

Gbagbo’s trial: charges and challenges

ABIDJAN, 27 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The recent confirmation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that charges against Lauren Gbagbo still stand has reignited criticism about the court’s approach to Côte d’Ivoire and its alleged failure to deal even-handedly with a highly complex post-conflict situation. full report

Madagascar back in the US trade fold

ANTANANARIVO, 27 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As anticipated, the US government has reinstated preferential trade status for Madagascar on its 54th independence day anniversary, providing hope for the country’s embattled economy. full report

Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate

YANGON, 26 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013. full report

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. full report

Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia

BANGKOK, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say. full report

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