Refugees/IDPs

Australia pushes on with asylum seeker deterrence

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - As Australia moves on with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its legislature is also debating a bill that would eliminate most references to the 1951 Refugee Convention from domestic legislation - a move critics say could bolster the government’s asylum seeker deterrence efforts. full report

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Without fuel subsidies, aid to displaced Iraqis in jeopardy

ERBIL, 24 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The prospect of a fuel bill five times higher than last year has left already overstretched aid agencies in Iraq worried they will be unable to help many of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in tents and shelters, just as winter approaches. full report

Germany struggles to house rising number of asylum seekers

HAMBURG, 24 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - When a video emerged last month of security guards physically abusing a resident of a refugee housing facility in the German town of Burbach, the ensuing media furore shone a light on an asylum system straining under the weight of an unprecedented caseload. full report

Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, leaving some families unable to afford food. full report

Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights

DAR ES SALAAM, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. full report

Tunisia’s seaborne samaritans rescue stranded migrants

TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya. full report

No justice, no peace for northern Mali

BAMAKO, 13 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory. full report

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