Conflict

Sri Lanka's NGOs test limits of new freedoms

MANNAR, 28 January 2015 (IRIN Asia) - The surprise victory of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka's recent presidential election could signal an easing of restrictions on NGOs and activists working in the conflict-scarred north. Early indications suggest the highly sensitive issue of the thousands still missing after the end of the war is now no longer politically taboo. But will the new space for discussion lead to concrete action? full report

How Boko Haram brought hunger to northern Cameroon

Maroua, 28 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than half a million people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of urgent food aid, the government says, as attacks by militant group Boko Haram have forced farmers to abandon their fields, shut down local markets, and halted the movement of people and goods. full report

Inside Libya's ghost town

BIN JAWAD, 27 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As talks to end the Libyan civil war continue in Geneva, IRIN visits the frontline of the fight between the country's two governments. full report

Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery. full report

From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, finally appeared in The Hague today. IRIN looks back at its LRA coverage over the years. full report

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

Yemenis living "hour to hour" amid power struggle

SANA'A, 20 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen's Houthi rebels have seized control of the presidential palace, launching the Arab world's poorest country into yet more uncertainty. 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

Syria envoy plays the ISIS card, but will it work?

LONDON, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The UN's special envoy to Syria is trying to use the fear of ISIS to push for peace. It is likely to be a hard sell. full report

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