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02 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

The nineteen faces in the room showed a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Many of these young people were about to do something for the very first time: operate a video camera. “This is a totally new experience for me, I’ve never held a video camera before!” 21-year-old Saron told me eagerly.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

26 Jun 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Vietnam: End “Evil Way” Persecution of Montagnard Christians

US, International Donors Should Insist on Respect for Freedom of Religion

(Bangkok, June 26, 2015) – The Vietnamese government’s persecution of ethnic Montagnard Christians in Vietnam’s Central Highlands reflects broader rights violations against religious minorities in the country, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The head of Vietnam’s ruling party, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, is slated to visit Washington, DC, in early July.

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.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

About 200 people from roughly 40 nongovernmental organizations joined rights activists on Tuesday to protest a decision by the Cambodian parliament’s Permanent Committee to move forward with a controversial draft law that regulates such groups operating in the developing nation.

The protestors outside the National Assembly (parliament) building in the capital Phnom Penh threatened to not vote for any political parties that approved the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO).

23 Jun 2015 description
report World Vision

Once sleeping on dirty floors, skimping on kitchen cleanliness and forgoing toilets, Pisey has mended his ways since attending World Vision’s hygiene training, with the 12-year-old also developing a newfound love of gardening as he helps his grandparents in their field.

“What are you having tonight?” asks Pisey’s grandfather to his neighbour, who is busy collecting gourd and pumpkin leaves in his garden.

“Pro her [fish and vegetable soup],” she replies, not at all flustered at being caught in the man’s plot thanks to Cambodia’s rich tradition of sharing.

21 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households in rural areas increased by 1% but in urban areas decreased by 0.9% month-on-month;

  • Retail price of lowest quality rice in rural and urban areas increased by 0.7% and 0.2% respectively on a month-on-month basis;

  • Wholesale price of mixed rice increased by 9.2% month-on-month but was 0.8% lower year-on-year;

  • In April, inflation rate was 1.3% and overall food prices increased by 4.4% year-on-year;

19 Jun 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects for planting of 2015 main season rice uncertain due to dry weather

  • Rice exports forecast to increase in 2015

  • Rice prices stable in May in most urban markets

18 Jun 2015 description

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 08:02 GMT

More than 200 Cambodian fishermen rescued from "slave-like conditions" on Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters returned home on Thursday, some after years of captivity, officials and victims said.

Some 230 fishermen who were trafficked to work on Thai fishing vessels in Indonesian waters have been rescued since May, according to a statement from the Cambodian foreign ministry.

18 Jun 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

The Cambodian parliament’s Permanent Committee will meet Monday to discuss a draft law on nongovernmental organizations before submitting it to other parliamentary commissions for further review before the entire assembly votes on it, a parliamentary official said on Wednesday.

18 Jun 2015 description
report Caritas

CARITAS RESPONDS TO NEPAL QUAKES

Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, 2015, followed by a 7.3 earthquake on May 12. More than 7,500 people were killed, and an estimated 8 million people across the country have been affected. Caritas has been working with our partners on the ground to provide assistance to those in need, including distributing emergency shelter, food, water and hygiene kits.

08 Jun 2015 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 30 April, there were 20 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).

Malaysia

05 Jun 2015 description

By MELANIE KEYTE

Working conditions in Thailand’s fish factories have improved but problems persist in the treatment of migrant workers, according to a 1 June report released by Finland-based social responsibility NGO Finnwatch.

The paper follows up on previous research reports evaluating Thai tuna-packing factories’ working conditions, in particular for migrant workers.

04 Jun 2015 description

Cambodia - The first group of refugees to be settled from Nauru to Cambodia landed today (4/6) on a commercial flight in Phnom Penh.

The group, which comprised four people, volunteered to participate in the landmark settlement agreement signed between the Australian and Cambodian governments in September 2014.

The group has transferred to temporary accommodation in Phnom Penh, where IOM will begin to provide essential support, including language training, cultural and social orientation, education services, health services and employment services.

04 Jun 2015 description

6/4/2015 - 07:17 GMT

Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody on Thursday, with rights groups labelling them "human guinea pigs" for an uncaring policy by Canberra to offload refugees onto other countries.

The migrants -- three Iranians and one ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar -- were flown into Phnom Penh, the capital of one of Southeast Asia's poorest nations with a weak record of upholding human rights.

04 Jun 2015 description
report Radio Free Asia

Cambodia will receive and resettle four refugees from the Pacific island nation of Nauru on Friday under a controversial deal in which Australia paid more than US $40 million in costs and aid to the Southeast Asian country.

The four -- an Iranian couple, an Iranian man and a Rohingya Muslim man from Myanmar -- will be temporary settled in Chbar Ampov precinct of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

03 Jun 2015 description

2015 - Le PNUD : oeuvrer pour les peuples et la planète

Dans toutes les régions du monde, des voix s’élèvent pour demander un leadership et des mesures en 2015 pour lutter contre la pauvreté, l’inégalité et le changement climatique.

03 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food purchasing power of households increased by 1% and 2.1% in rural and urban areas respectively month-on-month;

  • Retail price of lowest quality rice decreased by 0.3% and 0.2% in rural and urban areas respectively on a month-on-month basis;

  • Wholesale price of mixed rice decreased by 0.5% month-on-month and 8% year-on-year;

  • In March, inflation rate was 1.1% and overall food prices increased by 4.2% year-on-year;