Conflict

South Sudan heads towards famine

BENTIU, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than a third of South Sudan’s population is at risk of severe food insecurity as a result of the ongoing conflict, and the international community, NGOs and local organizations are sounding the alarm over an impending famine. full report

Little hope of justice for Nepal’s war-time rape survivors

KATHMANDU, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women’s rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal’s legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country’s rape laws. full report

Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

SANAA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As the Houthi militants withdraw from the Yemeni city of Amran, the 35,000 people displaced plot their way home full report

Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?

BANGKOK, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations. full report

A tentative ceasefire in CAR

BRAZZAVILLE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While the ceasefire signed in Brazzaville on 23 July by the two principal armed factions in the Central African Republic (CAR), the ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka, was widely greeted as a positive step forward, analysts are sceptical it can lead to lasting peace. full report

Gunned down in Mombasa – the clerics that have died

MOMBASA, 28 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 21 Islamic clerics have been gunned down in Kenya’s southeastern port city of Mombasa over the past two years, according to the human rights group Haki Africa. All but one of them was linked by the government to terrorism and support for the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia. full report

Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State

YANGON, 25 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say. full report

Practicing peace in wartime

JERUSALEM, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity. full report

Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids

YAOUNDE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom. full report

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict. full report

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