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Chairman’s Statement

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 July 2015 – ASEAN Ministers responsible for combating transnational crime met in Kuala Lumpur today to discuss concerted regional action to address the recent influx of irregular movement of persons in Southeast Asia.

04 Jul 2015 description

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.

03 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

KUALA CANGKOI, Aceh, Indonesia – “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach area.

Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.

“Five months,” confirms the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.

The woman nods.

“And your age? How old are you?”

The woman flashes both hands three times.

“30?” the midwife repeats, imitating the woman’s hand actions.

The woman nods.

03 Jul 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

We have launched a campaign to support the Rohingya community from Burma. Donate today to help us provide food and other essential items to those in need.

According to UN estimates, about 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in early 2015. Some have been abandoned by their traffickers with little food or water. Many of them are women and young children. The government in Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, denies them freedom to travel and access to education in Myanmar and has refused to accept any back.

02 Jul 2015 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 10:14 GMT

Southeast Asian countries Thursday launched a fund to share the cost of hosting human trafficking victims, after a regional migrant crisis saw victims ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them.

In May a Thai crackdown on the lucrative smuggling industry prompted the traffickers to abandon their human cargo at sea, sparking a crisis that saw more than 3,500 Bangladeshi economic migrants and stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar land in Malaysia and Indonesia.

01 Jul 2015 description

We, the undersigned*, welcome the convening later this week of the Emergency ASEAN Ministerial meeting on Transnational Crime: Irregular Movement of Persons in the South East Asia Region. The meeting provides a timely opportunity to move meaningfully forward on the comprehensive and durable solution called for by the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in Putrajaya on 20 May 2015, in keeping with the spirit of unity and solidarity of a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN.

01 Jul 2015 description

BOGOR, Indonesia, 1 July, 2015 - The President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, plans to launch a National Disaster Risk Reduction Movement in October this year that will include a focus on urban areas of the vast country which is exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards.

The news was announced at the close of three days of high-level training for 30 officials in urban resilience provided by the National Authority for Disaster Management (BNPB) as part of its commitment to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

01 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Ten years on, a midwife looks back on saving lives during one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history

ACEH JAYA, Indonesia – The morning of 26 December, 2004, started out like any other Sunday for Nur Asiah. The mother of two was up early washing clothes outside her parents-in-law’s house in a coastal village in the district of Aceh Jaya. But her weekend routine was abruptly interrupted when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra.

30 Jun 2015 description

South East Asian governments have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect refugees and migrants one month after a key summit to address the crisis that saw thousands of people stranded on boats over the past months, Amnesty International said in an open letter today.

The Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok on 29 May brought 17 countries together to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

30 Jun 2015 description

hailand - The Government of Japan is committing USD 2.5 million to IOM in Thailand in response to IOM’s USD 26 million appeal to assist those affected by the migrant crisis in the Andaman Sea.

Japanese funding will provide for temporary shelter and non-food items (NFIs) such as blankets, clothes and hygiene kits, health and nutritional support and psychosocial support to stranded migrant men, women and children in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

30 Jun 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Alisa Tang

BANGKOK, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.

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28 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Thu, June 25 2015, 8:37 AM

With experts unsure when to expect an end to the volcanic activity of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, the government has revealed a plan to build temporary houses for over 10,000 local people affected by the volcano’s eruptions.

26 Jun 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

26-June-2015

“How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach.

Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand.

“Five months,” repeats the aid worker, holding up her own hand in unison.

The woman nods.

“And your age? How old are you?”

The woman flashes both hands three times.

“30?” the midwife repeats, imitating the young woman’s hand actions.

The woman nods.

26 Jun 2015 description

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.

25 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Archipelago | Tue, June 23 2015, 7:14 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has handed over Rp 6 billion (US$450,000) worth humanitarian aid for victims of Mount Sinabung’s eruptions.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chairman Syamsul Ma’arif handed over President Jokowi’s assistance directly to Karo regent Terkelin Brahmana in Kabanjahe, Karo regency, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

Syamsul said the President’s assistance would be used to meet the basic needs of Sinabung refugees in Karo.

22 Jun 2015 description
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The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, June 18 2015, 7:15 PM

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked relevant ministers to act swiftly to provide shelter or housing and jobs for people displaced by the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra.

The President said that of the 370 houses planned for displace people, only 130 had been built and the construction of other houses had to be expedited so that those living in the danger zone could move into the housing as soon as possible.

22 Jun 2015 description
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Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Sat, June 20 2015, 10:26 AM

Entering the Ramadhan fasting month, Muslim residents fleeing their homes in anticipation of the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, said they were struggling to perform the fast due to limited food supply and facilities provided for them at evacuation centers.

21 Jun 2015 description

Berastagi, Indonesia | AFP | Sunday 6/21/2015 - 02:12 GMT

by Ardi Ibrahim

When Indonesian farmer Elfi Dalimunthe fled to safety last week as a volcano hurled hot ash and rocks across the sky, it marked the third time she was forced to abandon her home in recent years.

"I heard a loud booming sound and saw thick ash spewing out," the 30-year-old told AFP, recalling the terrifying eruptions which prompted her family to jump into a bus and onto a motorbike and rush to a temporary shelter.

20 Jun 2015 description
report Terre des hommes

Today we are faced with the highest numbers of refugees around the world and their situation is more critical than ever.