Shaw R., Chan E., Lian F., Lu L., Shi P., Yang S., Chan G., Wong J.
The international standards and principles of UNHCR’s protection and assistance related to voluntary repatriation are:
Voluntariness: The UNHCR protection counseling must confirm the voluntariness of a decision to return. A UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Form (VRF) will be used.
1. Protection Counseling
A package of assistance will be provided to MOI-UNHCR verified refugees (individuals and families) who are voluntarily returning to Myanmar through the facilitated Voluntary Repatriation Operation that is supported by the Royal Thai Government and the Government of Myanmar.
Total Assessments 121
Verified Return Villages 60
Refugee Villages of Origin 76
Total Assessments 132
Verified Return Villages 30
Refugee Villages of Origin 58
Total Assessments 73
Verified Return Villages 34
Refugee Villages of Origin 53
Total Assessments 159
Verified Return Villages 55
Refugee Villages of Origin 108
Total Assessments 493
Verified Return Villages 182
Refugee Villages of Origin 297
Background on Ba Mak Village
Ba Mak Village is located in the Kuri Buri National Park area of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province near the Myanmar border and is home to about 700 people including approximately 200 children.
Jungle Aid Trip to Ba Mak on 29th April
A team of 6 volunteers met at 6:45 am at Market Village and introductions were made. The team members consisted of the following volunteers: Sam (Osteopath), Emma (Nurse), Annie (Nurse), Paul (Area Manager), Thu (Translator), Bee (Translator)
More than 30 years on, the situation of refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Thailand has become one of the world's most protracted refugee crises, and there is a need to find durable solutions.
Since 1995, the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) has provided funding for humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps. Most recently, efforts have focused on primary health care for the most vulnerable, as well as protection activities.
PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
21st Century Panglong Peace Conference to be held on 24 May
Mizzima, 25 April 2017
Myanmar’s government, military, and eight signatory armed groups to the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) agreed on Monday on eight points with their continued peace process, Xinhua reported quoting the Director-General of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor’s Office U Zaw Htay.
Insecurity, access limitations remain concerns in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan
UN cites humanitarian and human rights concerns among Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine
Tropical Cyclone Maarutha makes landfall, damaging some infrastructure
PHETCHABUN, 25th April 2017, (NNT) - A tropical storm has damaged more than a thousand homes in several districts of Phetchabun and Kalasin provinces. Officials have already been dispatched to provide assistance.
Thirteen provinces were hit by summer storms between March 31 and April 7, in which 296 houses were damaged and one people killed, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chalerm Promlert said on Sunday.
They were Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen and Loei in the Northeast; Phetchaburi, Saraburi, Samut Sakhon and Nonthaburi in the Central region; and Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Kamphang Phet and Phayao in the North. In these provinces, 71 villages in 22 districts were affected.
Mr Chalerm said one people was killed, but gave no details.
This report covers the period January – December 2016. It outlines progress based on the Strategic Directions for Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 2013-2017. TBC’s programmes reached over 210,000 men, women, and children – 100,000 in nine refugee camps in Thailand, and 110,000 in 24 townships in SE Burma/Myanmar.
The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.