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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.

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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.

11 Mar 2015 description

Kisumu and Kakamega, Kenya 11 March 2015 – UN-Habitat in partnership with the Royal Kingdom of Thailand together with the County Governments of Kakamega and Kisumu last month launched the Thailand and UN-Habitat partnership for WASH in schools project at Matete Primary School. The launched follows last year’s contribution of USD 32,500 by the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to support UN-Habitat’s Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme (LVWATSAN) which aims to assist small towns in the Lake Victoria in meeting the MDGs for water and sanitation.

05 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:01 GMT

By Alisa Tang

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighbourhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.

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27 Feb 2015 description

There is significant uncertainty concerning the size of the upcoming rice harvest, given varying reports and assessments from official government agencies in Thailand. Thai rice farmers are facing an environment of deteriorating profitability. Domestic rice prices have declined nearly 30 percent over the past two years and the generous Paddy Pledging Scheme has been discontinued. Additionally, as the winter rice-growing season began in November, the government reported that it would restrict irrigation supplies to farmers so that the cultivated rice area and production would decline.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

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

Ten people were killed and 27 wounded in 27 violent incidents in the southernmost border provinces in the two weeks Feb 10-25, according to the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

Ten of the incidents were linked to the insurgency, and 17 were ordinary crimes, Col Pramote Prom-in, the Region 4 Isoc spokesman, told a press conference at Sirindhorn camp in Pattani's Yarang district on Thursday.

23 Feb 2015 description
report Bangkok Post

CHAI NAT — Two Thai men were arrested as they attempted to allegedly smuggle 68 illegal Myanmar migrant workers into the country on Monday.

The suspects - Somnuak Thamrongsak, 48, from Nonthaburi, and Preecha Singyoo, 50, from Nakhon Sawan - were apprehended while transporting the migrants on two vans near Luang Por O intersection in Manorom district.

23 Feb 2015 description

By WENYING SEAH 22 February 2015

A sanctuary providing healthcare for displaced Burmese along the Thai-Burma border since 1989, Mae Tao Clinic will soon be relocating to a new site. DVB interviews founder and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Cynthia Muang.

Q. Tell us more about the new Mae Tao Clinic.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

  • Rice exports in 2015 forecast to hit record level

  • Domestic prices of rice remain generally stable

  • Overall food security is satisfactory

Limited water availability expected to reduce 2014/15 secondary season paddy production

20 Feb 2015 description

Schools at the Thai-Burma border that cater for migrant children are facing severe operational struggles as funding from international donors falls, according to the Burmese Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC).

“At this moment, there is no donor interest in funding the learning centres for next year, as a lot of attention has shifted to inside the country,” said Naw Paw Ray, chairperson of the BMWEC.

20 Feb 2015 description

Thailand Migration Report Highlights Social, Economic Challenges of Migration

Thailand - A new report from Thailand’s UN Thematic Working Group on Migration, comprised of UN agencies and chaired by IOM, notes significant achievements in migration management, but warns that key aspects of Thai migration policy still require attention.