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New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports

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By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Burmese Embassy in Thailand is revising procedures for Burmese migrants to receive regular passports, the Burmese government says.

The revision comes after many Burmese migrants were not able to apply for passports because they did not have a valid Burmese ID.

After seizing power in a May coup, the Thai junta launched a crackdown on illegal migrant workers, putting pressure on people to apply for proper documentation.

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Press briefing notes on Thailand and Maldives

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 19 August 2014

1) Thailand

We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand. Since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived.

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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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Thailand Contributes Over US$600,000 to Yolanda Rehabilitation

18 August 2014 – Thailand Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai presented a check in the amount of US$622,243.39 to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario as additional donation from the Government and people of Thailand to aid the rehabilitation process in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

The simple handover ceremony was held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and attended by Ms. Thelsa Biolena, Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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GIEWS Country Brief: Thailand 14-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

Favourable prospects for the 2014 main season paddy crop
Rice exports forecast at an above-average level in 2014
Domestic prices of rice increased somewhat in July but remain at low levels
Overall food security in the country is satisfactory

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RID convenes with responsible units to gear up for flood prevention

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has called a meeting with representatives from the Machinery Operation Centers to follow up on the readiness of machinery and equipment to be used in flood prevention efforts.

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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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Songkhla city dredging water drains to prevent floods in the neighborhood

SONGKHLA, 10 August 2014 (NNT) - On the 10th August 2014, Somchai Janpratin, deputy mayor of Songkhla Province examined the project to dredge drains at Tao-it road in the city municipality. The drains are the main way to funnel water from the city into Songkhla Lake, as part of the Songkhla city flood prevention project. The dredging will let the water flow from the city into the lake faster, lessening the flood problem in Tao-it neighborhood that occurs every year.

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Mae La Refugees, On The Edge

With the new military regime in Thailand, dread pervades the country’s largest displacement camp as refugees from Burma worry about their fates.

By DENE-HERN CHEN,

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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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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Medical Update: July 2014

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Jungle Aid

Our amazing volunteers split in to 2 teams again this month to visit 2 of our villages. They met early travelling for up to 4 hours in 4×4’s to reach their destinations loaded with donated clothes.

Ba Mak

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Medical Update: June 2014

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Jungle Aid

Our June medical visit was very exciting as for the first time ever we were able to have 2 dedicated medical teams visit two separate locations on the same day. Dave kindly donated two 4×4 trucks that were necessary to be able to reach the villages. To access these villages we had to drive through dense jungle and cross rivers.

Our two teams were visiting Pala u Noi and Bon Luk.

Pala u Noi

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15 districts in Sakhon Nakhon and Ubon Ratchathani hit by flood

SAKHON NAKHON, 30 July 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) has reported flooding in 15 districts in Sakhon Nakhon and Ubon Ratchathani provinces. Officials with equipment have been sent to assist the flood hit residents and survey damage and loss.

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Amnat Charoen hard hit by floods

BANGKOK, 31 July 2014 (NNT) – The floods have submerged some villages in Amnat Charoen since Wednesday night, affecting more than 1,000 houses. The province was later declared disaster zone amid the possibility of more floods.

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DDPM: Floods ease in 11 districts of Ubon Ratchathani

BANGKOK, 31 July 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has reported that the situation is improving in 11 of the 17 flood-hit districts of Ubon Ratchathani as help is being expedited for the victims.

After the northeastern region of Thailand was battered by torrential rain, 17 districts of Ubon Ratchathani province have been declared disaster zones. In the latest development, DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert announced that the floods are easing off in 11 of those districts, whereas the other six remain inundated.

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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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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar and Thailand: Limiting Landmine Danger

By David Tereshchuk*

July 29, 2014—The southeastern regions of Myanmar (also known as Burma) bordering on Thailand have long been characterized by violent upheaval and refugee movements.

Most heavily affected have been the country’s ethnic minority populations in small village communities. Their lives have been deeply impacted by armed conflict and frequent forcible military recruitment, owing to ethnic tensions and an autocratic government that ruled the country for nearly 50 years, from 1962 to 2011.

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Refugees worried amid lack of govt transparency

Refugees from Burma residing in Thai border camps are concerned about the lack of transparency and proper procedures by Thai authorities regarding repatriation, in light of a recent census poll being conducted in the camps.

According to Saw Honest, chairperson of the Mae La – the largest refugee camp along the Thai-Burmese border – Thai officials began conducting a population census on 18 July, and have been issuing three different types of identification cards to the refugees.