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28 Jun 2016 description

June 25, 2016, Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Government Spokesperson, disclosed that ever since Thailand officially entered rainy season on May 18, 2016, continuous rainfall has been recorded in many areas nationwide, especially above the dams, which has alleviated drought situation.

24 Jun 2016 description

Key Messages - 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 Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has provided funding for humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps.

23 Jun 2016 description
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WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM

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21 Jun 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

New York, June 21, 2016) – Thailand’s junta has forcibly blocked opposition efforts to monitor the nationwide referendum on a new constitution scheduled for August 7, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen.

20 Jun 2016 description
report UN News Service

20 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.

Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

“The Secretary-General reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand during this critical juncture to facilitate a swift return to democracy,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

20 Jun 2016 description

The Heavenly Home orphanage was founded a decade ago to cater for refugee and migrant orphans after founder Lily was asked to take in a six-month old abandoned baby. Today the baby is a happy, healthy 11-year-old boy called Sam, one of 73 children who live fulltime at the home in the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

08 Jun 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Military Criminal Complaint in Retaliation for Torture Report

(New York, June 9, 2016) – The Thai military should immediately withdraw its criminal complaints against three human rights defenders for reporting alleged torture by government security forces in southern Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

The military’s actions pose a serious threat to all human rights monitoring and reporting in Thailand at a time when rights abuses are widespread in the country, Human Rights Watch said.

08 Jun 2016 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño event is one of the strongest since 1997-98. The impacts from the El Niño in Asia-Pacific continue to threaten the most vulnerable populations in the region and may have long lasting implications.

06 Jun 2016 description
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Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to speed up the investigation of human trafficking cases, most of which involve government officials.

"Although the number of cases has increased since 2014, the investigation needs to be sped up so the problem can be addressed. Authorities have to solve related cases soon," he said. According to the.

30 May 2016 description
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While farmers pray that rainfall will return to normal this year, consumers brace for higher food prices and reduced quality resulting from the worst drought in decades.

This depleted water retrenchment pond in Wiset Chai Chan district of Ang Thong was one of the many casualties of Thailand's protracted dry season.

26 May 2016 description

Following the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Col. Taksada Sangkhachan, Deputy Government Spokesperson, revealed that tomorrow (May 25), the Prime Minister, together with Minister of Interior and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, are scheduled to have a field visit in Nakhon Ratchasima province to follow up on drought disaster relief, and progress on implementation of Government’s water management project for 2015-2016 at Lamprapleng Operation and Maintenance Project in Pak Thong Chai district.

22 May 2016 description
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The army has admitted it is struggling to repatriate more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees along the border, and is pinning its hopes on the new government in Nay Pyi Taw being able to guarantee safety and security.

Thammanoon Withee, commander of the 9th Infantry Division, said on Saturday the army had encountered several problems in its efforts to resolve the border situation after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the refugee situation be resolved.

19 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary forecasts point to partial recovery in 2016 paddy output
  • Rice production sharply down in 2015 for second consecutive year due to drought
  • Domestic prices of rice increased in April

Preliminary forecasts point to partial recovery in 2016 paddy output

16 May 2016 description

By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Singapore

11 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

End Downward Rights Spiral, Restore Civilian Rule

(Geneva) – The Thai government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to respect human rights and restore democratic rule have been mostly meaningless, Human Rights Watch said today. Thailand appeared before the council for its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on May 11, 2016. The UPR is a UN examination of the human rights situation in each country.

11 May 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

BY ALISA TANG

MAE SOT, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ta Mla Saw was about seven when she and her family fled from Myanmar troops attacking her village in the country's ethnic Karen region, and crossed the river into Thailand to the safety of refugee camps dotted along the border.

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10 May 2016 description

Nearly 60 people were left homeless when a fire broke out at the Umpiem refugee camp in Thailand’s Tak Province on Saturday.

The fire that started in the camp’s Zone-C and destroyed 13 homes, leaving 58 people empty-handed and in need of assistance, said the zone’s administrator Naw Lwe Say.

04 May 2016 description

April in Southeast Asia is usually a hot month, following the cool, dry season and preceding the monsoon season. But April 2016 was not your typical April. Throughout the month, ground-based measurements of air temperatures soared above average; one location in Thailand even broke the national record.

03 May 2016 description

As a non­signatory country of the 1951 Geneva Convention, Thailand does not recognize the status of refugees, and the political unrest in the country only served to exacerbate the restrictions placed on immigration. Employment is forbidden for refugees and asylum seekers, and law enforcement is tasked to track down and detain any and all illegal residents they find.

02 May 2016 description
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Post-rain humidity ideal to seed clouds

2 May 2016 at 04:30 NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: POST REPORTERS

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to produce artificial rain to ensure there is sufficient water in the dams for tap water production.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Royal Rain Making Operations Centres nationwide are preparing rainmaking operations in response to Gen Prayut's directive. He did not elaborate on when operations will start.