(Formerly IRIN News) Journalism from the heart of crises

Uzbekistan

  • Killing us softly

    A recent public outcry in China, sparked by a damning documentary about air pollution, was based on well-founded fear: Of the 100 million people who...
  • The world's strangest land grab?

    Uzbekistan has a perhaps unusual ally in its territorial claims over neighbouring Afghanistan: the mighty and ever-wandering Amu Darya river. And no one knows it...
  • Good news for Afghan IDPs?

    "Why does it allow them to stay?" the man asked incredulously. "They should be going back to their homes." Afghanistan's internally displaced persons (IDP) policy...
  • Jihadi jurisprudence?

    Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers.

  • Islamic law an answer for humanitarians?

    In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. 

  • Islamic law and the rules of war

    Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics. 

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