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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

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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.

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

24 Mar 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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

WRITER: PARITTA WANGKIAT

Govt urged to add thousands to scheme

19 Mar 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

WRITER: SAICHON SRINUANCHAN AND PRASIT TANGPRASERT

RATCHABURI - Villagers from two districts in this central province faced off Thursday in a showdown over water use as drought ravages the area. Locals from tambon Thung Luang in Pak Tho district rushed to protect a reservoir after seeing villagers in neighbouring tambon Don Rae in Muang district begin to pump out water for their vegetable farms.

19 Mar 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

More than 4,000 houses encroaching on public canals are likely to be demolished to make way for a 2.4 billion baht project to build embankments along both sides of Khlong Lat Phrao to protect the capital against flooding.

19 Mar 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

End Secret Detentions Under Martial Law

(New York) – Thai authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the alleged torture of suspects while they were held incommunicado in military custody, Human Rights Watch said today.

16 Mar 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SENDAI, 16 March 2015 – A UNISDR private sector champion today called for the high standards that are typically applied to major infrastructure projects to be the benchmark for the majority of urban areas that are residential and home to small businesses.

Mr. Aris Papadopoulos, retired CEO for Titan America and the first Chair of UNISDR’s Private Sector Advisory Group, said the areas where the biggest proportion of people live and where the majority of smaller enterprises are located are generally the most exposed and vulnerable locations.

16 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to some 2,912,300 baht for the “Project for construction of self-reliance support center and equip training facilities for minorities/migrants with disabilities in Sangklaburi, Kanchanaburi”.

On March 13, 2015, Mr. Mitsugu Saito, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan and Dr. Scott Murray, Chairman of Governing Committee of Sangklaburi Safe House (SSH), attended the inauguration of the project at the Embassy of Japan.

12 Mar 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

We do not currently have access to this remote village but as always when there is a problem with access we try to overcome it. The village has approximately 70 people still and they are our most displaced and most vulnerable group we support. Our volunteers met as usual at 7am with 2 trucks loaded with over 500kg of rice, many clothes, flip flops, mosquito nets and toothbrushes. Our volunteers included two new doctors, our nurse and our fantastic translators without which no trip would be possible.