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Philippines + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet – East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – August 2014

Key messages

  • The Asia-Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. The three largest disasters worldwide in the past four years have occurred in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Together with implementing partners, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) carries out rapid assessments of needs and delivers immediate help to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In the period 2013-2014, the Commission allocated more than € 90.69 million in humanitarian funding to the region.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar Staff Complete HALO Management Course

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HALO Trust

Eight men and women from Mon, Karen and Kayah ethnic groups in Myanmar have completed an extensive six-month training course in Cambodia. The newly trained staff then quickly went to work on an inaugural pilot survey project in Mon state

These are significant steps forward for mine action in Myanmar where, despite being one of the most heavily mine-impacted countries in the world, no clearance to international standards has taken place.

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Thailand + 1 other
Thailand and Cambodia step up to address migrant worker problem

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 (NNT) - Thailand's Director-General of Department of Employment Sumet Mahosot and Cambodian Director-General of the Labor Department Seng Sakada today briefed the press about the controversial migrant worker issue.

The discussion comprised 4 topics. First, there is the requirement of proof of nationality, so Cambodia will arrange for 5 mobile units to check for nationality proof and will issue passports to those who don't have them. Operations are expected to commence in the beginning of September and at least 1,500 passports per day will be issued.

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Army Divers Aid in Cambodia De-mining

By Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers

U.S. Army

KOH RONG, Cambodia, August 14, 2014 — The remnants of war still exist throughout the Pacific theater's waterways. Unexploded ordnance and sunken munitions line the rivers and streams frequently traveled by military and civilian alike.

Nearly a year ago, Army divers from the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, certified equipped, trained and certified Cambodian Mine Action Center divers on military diving protocol and salvage diving operations.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Thailand + 3 others
Chonburi extends deadline for the registration of migrant workers

CHON BURI, 13 August 2014 (NNT)- Chonburi province will extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented foreign workers from Burma, Cambodia and Laos in keeping with the NCPO’s policy to eliminate human trafficking and labor abuse.

The two One Stop Service centers in the province will be operating until Oct 31st, 2014 while the previous deadline was in mid August. The extension of the deadline was decided on because of the crowd of employees needing registration and the inability of the centers to meet the huge demand for service each day.

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Cambodia: Food Price and Wage Bulletin: No. 65, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households increased 4.9% in rural areas while in urban areas decreased 1.6% on a month-on-month.

  • Retail price of lowest quality rice remained stable in rural areas but increased 2.3% in urban areas on a month-on-month basis.

  • Wholesale price of mixed rice increased 1.8% month-on-month and decreased 9.1% year-on-year.

  • The Inflation Rate was 4.9%, food prices increased 0.7% and gasoline prices increased 2.7% month-on-month in June.

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UN-backed tribunal sentences Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison

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UN News Service

7 August 2014 – A United Nations-backed court has found the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.

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Eight Dead in Widespread Flooding

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Voice of America

Suy Heimkhemra, VOA Khmer

05 August 2014

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian officials say flooding across 12 provinces has left at least eight people dead. The flooding has been caused by major rain due to Typhoon Rammasun, which has hit coastal China hard.

Authorities say they expect the waters to recede in coming days, making this year’s flooding less intense, so far, than last year.

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Myanmar + 6 others
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

07/30/2014 22:12 GMT

PARIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security

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IRIN

PHNOM PENH, 28 July 2014 (IRIN) - The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.

“Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam development basin-wide, to the point of affecting the food security of its 80 percent rural population,” Eric Baran, a specialist with the WorldFish Centre, an international research NGO based in Phnom Penh, told IRIN. “Worldwide, there is no bigger consumer of freshwater fish than Cambodia.”

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Mothers Chart Course for Better Growth in Cambodia

Heam Theanglay is a village health volunteer in Cambodia’s Pursat province. She has tried for years to convince mothers in her area to use growth monitoring, a technique for tracking the relationship between a child’s weight and age. Although the practice can help ensure children develop properly, few mothers were monitoring their children’s growth.

Until recently, that is. With support from Feed the Future, growth monitoring has taken off among the 168 households of Wat Chre village.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Fiji

No update available

French Polynesia

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UN human rights expert hails political breakthrough, calls for promised reforms

GENEVA (22 July 2014) – Following the announcement today of the agreement reached between the two main political parties in Cambodia and the subsequent release of the opposition party members arrested during the past week, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, issued the following statement:

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Cambodia: Food Price and Wage Bulletin: No. 64, June 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households remained stable in rural areas while in urban areas decreased 3.5% on a month-on-month.

  • Retail price of local lowest quality rice in rural and urban areas decreased 0.8% and 0.5% respectively month-on-month.

  • Wholesale price of local mixed rice decreased 4.9% month-on-month and decreased 7.4% year-on-year.

  • The Inflation Rate was 4.6% in May. Food prices increased 0.6% and gasoline prices remained stable month-on-month.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Philippines + 4 others
Pacific Partnership delivers on promises

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have improved the lives of thousands of people in Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines as part of the largest annual multilateral humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.

Exercise Pacific Partnership 14 has delivered medical, dental, veterinary and engineering aid while strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations.

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World + 1 other
Broadcasting Justice: Media Outreach at the Khmer Rouge Trials

Report
East-West Center

Asia Pacific Issues
Analysis from the East-West Center
No. 115
July 2014

by Christoph Sperfeldt

Summary

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UN rights expert urges Cambodia to lift protest ban and appeals for calm amidst violence

GENEVA (16 July 2014) – In the wake of alarming reports of violence following opposition protests in Phnom Penh yesterday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, urged all sides to immediately exercise utmost calm and restraint, and reiterated his call for an end to the official ban on demonstrations.

“Yesterday’s events have shown that the shrinking of democratic space in Cambodia since January is having negative effects on the enjoyment of human rights for all,” Mr. Subedi said.