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16 August, 2014
CENTRAL AND EASTERN AFRICA: IRIN weekly humanitarian round-up 749 15 August 2014
humanitarian news and analysis a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at "crisis" and "emergency" levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. Read report online
BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks - ranging from discriminatory legislation, to impunity for brutal violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. Read report online
BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok, but his journey to Thailand was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel. Transgender people everywhere face extraordinary barriers when attempting to access services, including the most essential, such as healthcare. Read report online
BANGKOK, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion and harm. Read report online
KAMPALA, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in aid. Then earlier this month the constitutional court threw it out. But is Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), promulgated by President Yoweri Museveni in February, truly dead and buried? Read report online