Hitler Invoked by Gendarmerie Chief to Explain Lethal Tactics
(New York, January 25, 2015) – The commander of Cambodia’s paramilitary gendarmerie admitted using force against the opposition for political reasons, publicly invoking tactics used by Adolf Hitler, Human Rights Watch said today.
Cambodia’s donors should call for Gen. Sao Sokha, commander of the 10,000-member Royal Khmer Gendarmerie and long-time stalwart of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), to be removed from any role in the state security forces.
A United Nations envoy urged Cambodia’s opposition party and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on Tuesday to adhere to the terms of a pact they forged last summer in which they agreed to end a political deadlock.
Surya P. Subedi, the U.N. special envoy on Cambodian human rights, called on opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Raisy and party vice president Kem Sokha, along with the ruling CPP, to continue their dialogue to improve the country’s development and reform.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- 2014 main season rice production forecast at near-record level
- Rice exports forecast to increase in 2015
- Rice prices generally declined in December
- Overall food security situation satisfactory
2014 main season rice production forecast at near-record level
Flood Impacts on Women: Exploring the Possibility of Gender Sensitive DRR Planning
There is a need of detailed analysis on how disaster or flood affects women and how DRR planning could be more gender-sensitive. The study is commissioned to examine in detailed impact of flood on women in Cambodia. The study investigates how floods affect women differentially from men, what are the most significant problems that women face during and after a disaster; and make recommendations on how to integrate gender analysis into disaster planning.
Tectonic Plates and Fault Lines
The region is home to extremes in elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity. Southwest of India, the Maldives has a maximum height of just 230cm, while far to the north, the Tibetan Plateau averages over 4,500m across its 2.5 million square kilometres and is home to all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000 metres. The Himalaya were born 70 million years ago when the Arabian Plate collided with the Eurasian plate.
Tropical Storm Risk Zones
This map was derived from the Munich Reinsurance Company's World Map of Natural Hazards and shows tropical storm intensity based on the five wind speeds of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Sixteen years of wildfires in Asia-Pacific
Wild land fires and other biomass fires annually burn a total land area of between 3.5 and 4.5 million km2, equivalent to the surface area of India and Pakistan together, or more than half of Australia. This makes it one of the most spatially prevalent hazards after drought.
Risk assessment for an area exposed to multiple hazards requires solutions to compare the risks. This map was generated by adding the value of mortality to the cumulated risk of cyclones, earthquakes, floods and landslides. Categories of risk based on expected annual losses.
This product was designed by UNEP/GRID Europe for the Global Assessment Report on Risk Reduction (GAR). It was modeled using global data.
Credit: GIS processing UNEP/GRID-Europe. http://preview.grid.unep.ch
Earthquake Intensity Risk Zones
This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.
Physical Exposure to Drought
Drought is a phenomenon that affects more people globally than any other natural hazard. Unlike aridity, which refers to a semi-permanent condition of low precipitation (desert regions), drought results from the accumulated effect of deficient precipitation over a prolonged period of time.
The units used in this product refer to the expected average annual population (2010 as the year of reference) exposed (inhabitants). The dataset includes an estimate of the annual physical exposure to drought. It is based on three sources:
This report includes recommendations that seek to build upon good practice and strengthen systems and processes to ensure mine action efforts not only do no harm, but also bring the maximum possible benefits to beneficiary households and the socio-economic development of Cambodia as a whole. The recommendations, described in detail in the report, include the following:
improving coordination between mine action and land actors, and their respective prioritisation processes;
providing land rights training for mine action actors;
But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience
22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction