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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.

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

June 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia

  • Improved situations
    Nepal

July 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Burundi

    Conflict resolution opportunities

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.

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

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.

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

THAM HIN CAMP, Thailand, June 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed its roll-out of a cutting-edge system to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand's nine border camps.

Between January and May this year, UNHCR and the Royal Thai Government verified and updated the records of nearly 110,000 registered and unregistered refugees from Myanmar with the help of UNHCR's new biometrics identity management system (BIMS).

30 Jun 2015 description
report IRIN

By Mubashar Hasan

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) -

Karim Khan* is out of work, but that’s not a bad thing.

He spent two years transporting would-be migrants on his fishing trawler from the coast of Bangladesh to large boats anchored far offshore. The passengers had paid to be smuggled into Malaysia in the hope of finding work there. But Khan was actually delivering them into the hands of human traffickers who would hold them for ransom.

30 Jun 2015 description

BANGKOK, 29th June, 2015 (WAM) -- The UAE Embassy in Thailand has overseen its Zakat Project, implemented by the Zakat Fund in Abu Dhabi and benefitting around 1,000 families from Myanmar living inside the Thai border.

The initiative is part of the embassy's Ramadan projects being implemented by UAE-based humanitarian and charitable institutions in coordination with local Islamic associations in the region.

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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29 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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Farmer leaders have slammed the government for not doing enough to help farmers as the drought crisis continues to hit several provinces nationwide, increasing pressure on the "backbone of the country" already struggling with debt.

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.

25 Jun 2015 description

By Brigitte Leoni

BANGKOK, June 25 2015 - The government of Thailand today announced details of a new five-year national disaster prevention and mitigation plan which incorporates the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The priorities are focused on understanding disaster risk in all its aspects, improved risk governance, investment in disaster risk reduction and better preparedness and are at the heart of the Sendai Framework, adopted in March at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

25 Jun 2015 description

Thailand/Burma: Sea Nomads Vulnerable to Abuse Protect Sea Moken People’s Basic Rights, Create Path to Citizenship

25 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Tak also innundated with storm runoff

Trat authorities on Thursday told residents in at-risk areas to brace for flooding and mudslides due to continuous heavy rain set to hit several districts of the eastern province.

The Trat provincial irrigation office on Thursday morning began discharging water from downstream areas of Khao Rakham reservoir, a major basin in the province, into Khlong Bang Phra canal to reduce water volumes in upstream areas of the reservoir due to heavy rains.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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The cabinet yesterday approved the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's plan to improve the living conditions of Karen people in the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex in Phetchaburi province.

The approval was made ahead of the 39th session of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)'s World Heritage Committee (WHC) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from Sunday to July 8.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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Farmers promised aid as drought intensifies

Economic ministers will meet Wednesday to consider packages worth more than 50 billion baht to ease the impact of the nation's intensifying drought.

The packages will focus on the Chao Phraya River basin in the Central Plains, meeting chairman Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.