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25 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Reject Immunity for the Military in Draft Charter

(New York) – Thailand’s junta has proposed that the new constitution protect military personnel from prosecution for serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The constitution drafters should reject the proposed de facto amnesty.

17 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ron Corben

BANGKOK— Tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in Thailand are more optimistic about returning following the November 8 election wins of the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi. However, many who fled decades of conflict in Myanmar remain cautious.

Myanmar has faced years of internal conflict as myriad ethnic armies waged war against the military-led government in a bid for autonomy, sending more than 120,000 refugees fleeing.

17 Nov 2015 description

In recent years, Thailand has seen a rise in number of refugee entering the border. Coming from as many as 47 different countries in the world, the number of refugee in Thailand hit 645,000 in 2013, with more than 8500 of them residing in dark corners of Bangkok.

13 Nov 2015 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Friday 11/13/2015 - 03:38 GMT

Four people were killed and four injured in a bomb blast in Thailand's restive deep south, police said Friday, the latest unrest in a region wracked by a violent insurgency for more than a decade.

The explosion hit a checkpoint in Khok Pho district of Pattani province on Thursday evening, killing four Buddhist men aged between 43 and 54.

"Four village defence volunteers were killed and four wounded, who are still hospitalised," local police Colonel Uthai Thipsopa told AFP from the blast site.

09 Nov 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

Bang Saphan is 4 hours away and has our most vulnerable families that we work with.

The trip had several aims:

• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care
• Equip the school children with bikes; helmets and school bags so they can ride to school instead of walk 7km each way.
• Pass on donations of clothes, mosquito nets, rice, canned fish and dog food
• Donate the 3 months supply of medicines to the qualified nurse living in the village

03 Nov 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre

MAE SOT, Thailand, Nov 3 (Reuters) - For refugees from Myanmar living in camps just across the border in Thailand, a landmark election in their homeland triggers mixed emotions - hope that a hated government will be defeated, and fear of the uncertain future such an upheaval might bring.

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14 Oct 2015 description


Thailand is affected by a wide range of natural hazards including flooding, storm events/typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, tsunami, droughts and forest fires. Exposure to these hazards combined with conditions of vulnerability and insufficient capacity to cope with such shocks or stresses have resulted in disasters, which can bring about loss of lives, damage to infrastructure and widespread disruption to services, businesses and livelihoods.

14 Oct 2015 description

In Australia, the language will be different.
In Australia, the values will be different.
In Australia, the people will be different.
In Australia, everything will be different.

13 Oct 2015 description

PATHUM THANI, 13 October 2015, (NNT) – Pathum Thani Governor Surachai Khan-Asa and his wife Thongpin Khan-Asa, the president of the provincial Red Cross Office, have visited flood victims in Lamlukka district.

The couple and related government officials handed out survival kits and other essential items to owners of about 20 houses affected by flood.

According to officials, the inundation was caused by flood water overflowing the drainage system in Klong 12, adding that the situation has returned to normal and there have been no report of any property damage.

13 Oct 2015 description

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Tuesday 10/13/2015 - 05:17 GMT | 403 words

Thailand's junta on Tuesday said rifts within the largest and most violent rebel group in the kingdom's deep south were overshadowing the prospect of fresh peace talks to end the 11-year insurgency.

A bloody conflict has claimed more than 6,400 lives -- the majority civilians -- in Thailand's southernmost provinces, which are predominantly Muslim and were colonised by Thailand over a century ago.

13 Oct 2015 description

Seventy-five-year-old Boonpeng has spent his whole life in the village of Fang in Thailand’s Pong Nam Ron sub-district. He grew up and went to school there, and eventually went to work in the fields growing crops. After retiring at the age of 65, he became leader of the older people’s association for the sub-district.

On 24 September 2011, a flood hit Boonpeng’s village Two people were killed, 58 houses were destroyed and a bridge collapsed. It was then that he got involved in disaster risk reduction, as he explained:

12 Oct 2015 description
report Jungle Aid

The September trip to Baan Pa La U was the first time Jungle Aid has spent three consecutive days on a single visit to a village. There was a lot to be done…..

The village has 30 houses with 200 people who have limited medical care and education and virtually no access to basics of life such as clean water, electricity, toilets and waste disposal facilities.

The trip had several aims:

• Operate our field medical clinic to provide much needed medical care

09 Oct 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Alisa Tang

RATTAPHUM, Thailand, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way

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08 Oct 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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

The northeastern province of Khon Kaen is facing water shortages expected to last well into next year as it suffers under the most severe drought in 20 years, governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit said on Thursday.

Mr Kamthorn said the Ubolrat Dam reservoir is now at only 27% of capacity as it has received a very small inflow of rainwater compared to previous years. The highest inflow was only 10 million cubic metres on Oct 7.

06 Oct 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

Downpours triggered by tropical depression Mujigae are replenishing reservoirs in Chachoengsao but flooding homes and farmland in other provinces, prompting alerts to residents.

Mujigae, which on Sunday developed from a tropical storm into a typhoon before being downgraded yesterday morning, is causing rainfall across the upper parts of the country.

05 Oct 2015 description

BURIRAM, 05 October 2015, (NNT) - More than 150 military officials from the 26th Military Circle have been deployed in Buriram, along with 8 landing crafts and 9 trucks. An emergency center has also been set up to prepare for the arrival of tropical storm 'Mujigae'.

The move came in light of the Meteorological Department forecasting that Mujigae would hit the area and would likely cause floods, from October 4th to 6th.

03 Oct 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

32 provinces also on alert

Heavy rain continued in Bangkok on Saturday morning, causing flooding at 11 locations, while 32 provinces across the country are on full alert for heavy rain, possible flash floods, forest runoff and landslides in risk areas from tomorrow to Tuesday.

01 Oct 2015 description

On this edition:

  • One ASEAN One Response Roadshow held in Thailand
  • 7th DELSA Project Steering Committee Meeting
  • Up close and personal with Ms Agustina Tnunay on 'The Other Side' and many more
30 Sep 2015 description

MAE LA CAMP, Thailand, Sept 29 (UNHCR) – They live by the motto, Be Prepared, as members of the Utah Boy Scouts of America Troop. But nothing could have prepared them for the rush of emotions that greeted them in Mae La refugee camp.