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Analysis: Côte d’Ivoire one year on | IRIN Africa

ABIDJAN, 1 December 2011 (IRIN) – One year on from the presidential elections that caused conflict across Côte d’Ivoire, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC), tensions have eased in most areas, the economy has improved, and almost all schools have reopened and hospitals are functioning. But reconciliation has a long ...

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Médecins sans Frontières book reveals aid agencies’ ugly compromises | The Guardian

A controversial new book produced by one of the world’s best-known aid agencies, Médecins sans Frontières, lifts the lid on the often deeply uncomfortable compromises aid organisations are forced to make while working in conflicts. How humanitarian aid organisations work – and the sometimes unintended consequences of their actions – has been brutally cross-examined in recent years, not least by ...

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OPT: New projects to ease Gaza housing crisis | IRIN Middle East

GAZA CITY, 25 October 2011 (IRIN) – In response to a growing housing crisis in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), several new building projects have been initiated by the Hamas-led government, and thousands of families have begun purchasing properties in new communities, officials say. In Khan Younis, a project is under way on a 517,000 square-metre ...

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Iran must acknowledge abuses before UN Committee | Amnesty International

The Iranian authorities will make a farce of a UN Committee hearing into Iran’s human rights record unless they acknowledge current and past abuses, Amnesty International warned today. The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors how states comply with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, begins meeting today to consider Iran. The Iranian authorities’ report ...

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YEMEN: Political upheaval likely to increase child labour | IRIN Middle East

HAJJAH, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) – More parents are likely to put their children to work amid the upheaval caused by months of anti-government protests in Yemen, government and aid sources say. Yemen is already home to one million child labourers, mostly employed in the fishing industry or agriculture, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour’s Child Labour ...

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Briefing: Six months into the Syrian uprising | IRIN Middle East

DUBAI, 28 September 2011 (IRIN) – Thousands of people in Syria have been killed, injured, displaced or detained in a series of protests against the Syrian government since mid-March which have been ruthlessly quelled by the government. How is this uprising different and where are we now? Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Syria is composed of a complicated mix of sects ...

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Morning Chatter: Latest World News Headlines | GlobalPost

In a new low for the Syrian security forces, Human Rights Watch has accused them of “snatching wounded people” from the hospital. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly declared a secret state of war on Wednesday, issuing a general mobilization of troops, according to media reports. Even Iran thinks that’s going a bit too far. In a shift, the former ally ...

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Secret Libyan files claim MI6 and the CIA aided human rights violations | The Observer

British and US intelligence agencies built up close links with Muammar Gaddafi and handed over detailed information to assist his regime, according to secret files found in Libyan government offices. The documents claim that MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing ...

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COTE D’IVOIRE-LIBERIA: Shoring up border security | IRIN Africa

ZWEDRU, 6 September 2011 (IRIN) – With fear still rife among the Ivoirian refugees remaining in eastern Liberia, NGO the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which is managing refugee camps in Grand Gedeh County, is working to ensure refugee camps are apolitical and weapon-free. “This cannot become a political environment… it is the only way to make sure people are safe,” ...

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