India urged to repeal soldiers’ impunity

DELHI/YANGON, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Asia) - A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation. full report

Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'

AMUDA, SYRIA, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State militants. For the newly displaced, there are shortages of goods and support. full report

Words are weapons as Burundi heads to the polls

BUJUMBURA, 25 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - In the weeks ahead of Monday’s highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence: full report

Displaced Pakistanis caught between the Taliban and army

BANNU, Pakistan, 24 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - More than a year after a military offensive displaced about a million people from North Waziristan, residents say they are unable to go home because the government requires them to first sign an agreement to “stop the enemies of Pakistan,” which would put them at risk of retaliation from both the militants and the army. full report

How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?

KAMPALA, 23 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done? full report

From grooms to body bags: the story of Yemen's fighters

SANA'A, 16 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Yemen’s warring leaders like to give the impression that their armies are well-trained, battle-hardened elites, but in reality many of their footsoldiers are poor and desperate family men forced into action by circumstance. IRIN gained rare access to relatives of men killed on both sides of the conflict: full report

Ice men of Taiz are last ones standing

TAIZ, 10 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Gaining rare access to Yemen's embattled third city Taiz, IRIN finds a ghost town - with schools closed and streets deserted. The only people braving the streets for long periods are the city's new ice men. full report

What do Turkish elections mean for Syrian refugees?

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL, 9 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Whatever type of government comes out of this week’s elections in Turkey, the result is likely to be bad for refugees. full report

How US is failing Syrian refugees

NEW YORK, 5 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - The United States may be the global leader in refugee resettlement, but so far it has opened its doors to a mere 1,000 Syrians looking for a safe haven from their war-torn country. full report

Beyond Boko Haram: Nigeria’s hidden crisis

NAIROBI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Nigerian government’s focus on its war against the Boko Haram insurgency is obscuring a growing humanitarian emergency. full report

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