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Lockdown Is Nothing New for Students in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEducationHuman Rights

Schools in this tumultuous region reopened in February after a near seven-month government shutdown. Now, as the coronavirus creeps across the globe, they’re closed again.

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For ‘Mind and Soul’: Sri Lanka Eases Way To Legal Recognition of Transgender People

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Under new guidelines, which carry legal authority, medical professionals and government officials have clear mandates for how to handle requests aimed at changing a person’s gender on birth certificates and other identification documents. People who identify as transgendered, regardless of whether they’ve gone through the prohibitively expensive process of having their physical characteristics altered, can obtain a legal gender change.

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In Nepal, Controversial New Law Offers Rights to Children Born out of Wedlock by Forcing Marriage on Parents

Region: Nepal

Topics: AutonomyChild RightsHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.

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Political Turmoil in Indian-Administered Kashmir Forces Out Young Entrepreneurs

Region: India

Topics: BusinessEconomyHuman RightsJobsMigration

After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, the region was thrown into turmoil. Many young entrepreneurs, once a source of employment and economic development in the region, had no choice but to close their businesses and seek opportunity elsewhere.

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Kashmiri Students in New Delhi Unable to Contact Families for University Fees

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

Ever since the Indian government suspended the article granting semi-autonomous status to Indian-administered Kashmir, Kashmiri students all the way in India’s capital, New Delhi, are feeling the effects. Many of them find themselves without the means to cover education costs since they are cut off from their families.

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Growing Number of Women Disabled Amid Kashmir Violence Receive Little or No Aid

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human RightsWomen's Rights

Women disabled in conflict-related violence are deemed a burden to their families and don’t have equal access to health care or economic opportunities. The government has mentioned the idea of compensation but hasn't taken any action.

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When the Money Isn’t Enough: Reconstruction Funds Still Don’t Cover Costs in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

Although reconstruction after Nepal’s April 2015 earthquake has been ongoing, funds have been difficult to access. Some people say that the money from government grants isn’t enough to rebuild; but others can’t access it all, since they don’t meet land ownership requirements.

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A Land of Small Wars: Life on the Line of Control

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: ConflictHuman Rights

Violence is nothing new for the area around the Line of Control, the demarcation dividing the Pakistani and Indian-administered sections of Kashmir. But for the people who live there, life in the crossfire takes a steep toll on their lives.

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As Nepal Works to Get Children Off the Streets, Some Hide to Avoid Shelters

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human Rights

Child homelessness is a problem that government officials and organizations struggle to address in Nepal’s capital city and surrounding areas. While they intend to help reunite children with their families or give them a safe place to stay, some children say they would rather be on the streets than return to homes where they might face abuse.

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Restricted Phone Service Leaves Kashmiris Unable to Call Authorities When Fires Break Out

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human Rights

Phone and cell service is still limited in Jammu and Kashmir, three months after the Indian government revoked the state’s semi-autonomous status. So when an emergency occurs – like a fire – people say they still can’t call for help.

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