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Self-Quarantine: Ponnaveli Village, Population One

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusMigrationPolitics

For Sellaiah Rashanayagam, social distancing is nothing new. He’s been the sole resident of his village since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 – and he doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon.

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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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Why are Patients Rejecting Nepal’s Free Healthcare?

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessHealthPoliticsPower

Millions of people have signed up for Nepal’s national health insurance, which offers free service at approved healthcare facilities for an annual premium. But more than 20% are opting not to renew.

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Sri Lankans Use New RTI Law to Access Land Information Following War in North

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A recent silent protest in front of the president’s office in Colombo was part of an effort to use the new Right to Information law to get the facts on missing persons, voter identification, land rights and other issues. A youth network called AFRIEL facilitated the demonstration and has assisted people in developing more than 1,000 applications under the law.

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Local Nepali Government Sending a Message by Paying Families That Have Baby Girls

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.

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10 Years After War’s End, Nepalese Demand Justice for Human Rights Abuses

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Two major political parties support granting amnesty to those guilty of crimes and atrocities during a decade-long conflict, and this plan is feared to mar the efforts of the two-year-old Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has already been criticized as ineffective. Voices from several points of view convey the tensions surrounding the transitional justice process.

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Day Laborers Are Hardest Hit as Businesses Shut Down by Months-long Kashmiri Unrest

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Deadly protests that began in July have led to massive income loss in the Kashmir Valley, where most households rely on the wages of day laborers. The story of Mohammad Sultan is typical; his earnings have gone from the equivalent of $6 a day to perhaps $4.45 a week, partly because large construction sites, where he’d found regular work, were shut down as strikes ordered by armed groups prevented delivery of building materials.

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Trade Route, Once a Symbol of Stability in Disputed Region, Troubled by Restrictions

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: BusinessEconomyPolitics

New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.

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Nepal’s First Badi Parliament Member Advocates for the Historically Oppressed Group

Region: Nepal

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

For the first time in Nepal’s history, a member of the historically oppressed Badi community has been elected to the country’s Parliament. Uma Devi Badi has made history – but others wonder whether she can make a change.

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Case Closed: Mediation Offers Resolution For Most Cases in Sri Lanka’s Legal System

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

The court system in Sri Lanka is overwhelmed by a backlog of nearly 28,000 cases awaiting the country’s 85 judges. Some criminal and civil cases, however, can be resolved through community mediation boards, a system staffed by volunteers who heard more than 220,000 cases in 2016. This is the story of two women who brought their disputes to mediation in search of justice.

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