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26 Apr 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Public Health Ministry and the armed forces to prepare their medical and disaster relief teams to be on standby to be dispatched to Nepal to provide humanitarian assistance as soon as possible, government deputy spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Sunday.

Maj Gen Sansern said also the Kathmandu may have been closed the Thai medical and disaster relief teams would be flown to a nearest spot to be further dispatched to disaster-hit areas.

24 Apr 2015 description

Switzerland - In 2013, there were about 198 million malaria cases in the world and an estimated 584,000 deaths from the disease. The countries endemic for malaria are also some of the poorest countries in the world. The burden of malaria on the poor, including migrants and displaced populations in these countries further fuels the cycle of poverty. IOM works with governments and partners, mostly in Africa and Asia, to ensure universal access to health care, including malaria prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment services among migrants and hard-to-reach populations.

23 Apr 2015 description

Southeast Myanmar is composed of Kayin and Mon States and Tanintharyi Region, bordering with Thailand to the east and south, Bago Region and the Andaman Sea to the west and Shan State to the north. With a population of approximately 6.6 million, this area is inhabited by Mon, Bamar, Kayin, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Pa-O, Shan, Salone and Malay ethnic groups.

23 Apr 2015 description

By NANG MYA NADI

Hundreds of Burmese migrants have been arrested in Thailand in large-scale raids by authorities.

Police have been carrying out the arrests after performing frequent residential checks in an area where Burmese migrants are known to reside, in the town of Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok. They have also been targeting workers at the local market. Children are among those who have been detained.

Local shopkeeper Kyaw Kyaw told DVB that around 250 migrants have been arrested.

20 Apr 2015 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights 2015, 15:8

doi:10.1186/s12914-015-0046-y

Abstract (provisional)

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

13 Apr 2015 description

Highlights of the ICRC's work in 2014

Thailand:
- Over 8,400 detainees received access to safe drinking water and functioning sanitation facilities
- More than 1,400 phone calls were made to families of Bangladeshi and Myanmar migrants in Thai detention centres
- Nearly 432 people benefited from Micro Economic Initiatives

13 Apr 2015 description

A fire broke out in the refugee camp Ban Mai Nai Soi in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand, on Tuesday the 7th of April 2015. Fortunately there were no casualties, but significant damage was done and 148 houses were totally destroyed by the flames. Moreover two community buildings (one school and one psycho-social clinic) were burnt to the ground. 185 families – or 1,065 persons – have been directly affected by the fire, and they are now being cared for by the Ban Mai Nai Soi community of more than 11,000 people.

13 Apr 2015 description

At 11 AM in the morning of Tuesday the 7th of April a fire broke out in section 12 and section 1 of the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Fortunately there were no casualties, but 185 houses and 2 community buildings – a school and a psycho-social clinic - were totally destroyed by the flames. A video filmed by one of the residents can be seen here

13 Apr 2015 description

Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand—The International Rescue Committee is assisting over 700 Burmese refugees who were left homeless after fire broke out in the Ban Mae Nai Soi refugee camp in northern Thailand on April 7. Nearly 200 houses were destroyed in the fire, along with a school and several IRC health training facilities.

“It’s a terrible situation for families who were already displaced by war and conflict,” said Christine Petrie, the director of IRC programs in Thailand. “We are doing everything we can to support the community.”

08 Apr 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing Plc. www.bangkokpost.com

Fire swept through a Myanmar refugee camp in Mae Hong Son province shortly before noon yesterday, leaving more than 3,000 people homeless.

Some 250 living quarters at the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp in Muang district of the northern province were reduced to ash.

There were no reports of serious casualties, said district chief Sarawut Thaichaoren, who was alerted to the blaze about 11.30am.

06 Apr 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

Meeting at our usual time of 7am in Hua Hin, loaded up with many donated clothes, shoes, tooth brushes, soap and mosquito nets we set off in our newly donated truck from the Rotary, Rivers Foundation and several private sponsors all making our medical trips possible. Our team included our dedicated translators, Area manager and nurse, plus 7 students from Webster Universirty who will be supporting us with the field trips and also with fund raising through crowd funding which we are hoping is going to start next month.

03 Apr 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Arbitrary Arrests Chill Rights Climate in South

(New York, April 4, 2015) – Thai military authorities should immediately confirm the location of 17 student activists who were arbitrarily arrested on April 2, 2015, in Thailand’s southern Narathiwat province, Human Rights Watch said today. The activists should be freed unless they have been charged by a judge with a credible offense.

03 Apr 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

WRITER: ABDULLOH BENJAKAT

Four explosions shook Muang district of Pattani early Thursday, causing extensive damage to vehicles and shophouses, police said.

The bomb attacks appeared to be coordinated, occurring almost at the same time, about 2am Thursday.

02 Apr 2015 description

GENEVA (2 April 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday expressed alarm at the Thai military Government’s announcement that it has invoked an article of the Interim Constitution that bestows unfettered authority on the head of the military government. The article grants sweeping law enforcement powers over the civilian population to military personnel, potentially overriding a wide range of human rights guaranteed under national and international law.

02 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

01 Apr 2015 description

GENEVA (1 April 2015) – United Nations expert on freedom of expression David Kaye today urged the Government of Thailand to unequivocally distance itself from the Thai’s leader intimidating statements against freedom of the press, and take immediate measures to allow space for debate and freedom of expression.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

This month we had a large group of volunteers visiting Bon Luk. We took two 4×4 trucks, kindly donated by Dave, and drove to Bon Luk. We had two doctors, one nurse and one physiotherapist in the team. Our medical teams of Dr Laura and Dr Tass saw 46 patients with Bebee helping with translation and Chloe and Charlotte recording patient data.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:37 GMT

BANGKOK, March 30 (Reuters) - Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok's vow to stamp out trafficking.

Read the full article here

26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.