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.
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.
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
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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Seasonal thunderstorms and hail continued to batter the North and Northeast over the past 24 hours, with blustery winds toppling more than 30 utility poles and damaging numerous houses in hard-hit Bung Kan province.
Traffic in downtown Bung Kan was paralysed for several hours as a fierce squall uprooted large trees and billboards, blocking several roads.
Shops, banks, petrol stations and 7-Eleven outlets in Muang district closed on Friday after a storm pounded several areas downtown and in nearby districts at about 2.30am today.
The deputy-governor of Thailand’s Tak Province said preparations are underway to repatriate more than 100,000 refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border.
Speaking to reporters at the end of a meeting relating to refugee issues, Tak Deputy-Governor Suttha Saivanid said the Thai government has been taking steps to repatriate the refugees since a new government took office in Burma earlier this month.
The governments of the two countries, together with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, are set to brainstorm a road map for the repatriation, he said.
- 72 districts in 21 Provinces in the north and northeast of Thailand experienced heavy storm during the week. The affected provinces included Chiang Rai, Loei, Chaiyapoom and Mukdahan Provinces. Based on the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), about 2,600 houses were damaged in by the incident.
Flood submerged many areas in Karawang, West Java Province. Nearly 4,000 people were affect.
Donors urged to go to Thai Red Cross
The Ministry of Interior has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies not to receive money donated by the private sector and public to help victims of summer storms which have battered provinces in the North and Northeast, as it could violate the law.
Interior permanent secretary Kritsada Boonrat warned local administrative organisations Sunday against receiving the donations themselves, which could lead to problems.
GENEVA (22 April 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday expressed growing concern about the military’s deepening role in Thailand’s civilian administration, as well as tight curbs on dissent, as the Kingdom prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution. High Commissioner Zeid said that several critics of the draft Constitution have already been arbitrarily arrested, detained and harassed since the draft was made public at the end of March.
This paper aims to fill a conceptual gap, and provide context for considering the rapidly changing characteristics of risk at the local level. In doing so, the paper considers how the notion of the local might be reframed, and the opportunities for multi-scale interventions for disaster risk reduction.
Nonthaburi, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 4/3/2016 - 04:23 GMT
by Marion THIBAUT
Thailand has long served as one of the globe's main rice bowls, but chronic water shortages are pushing the country to move away from a grain that dominates its fields and has defined a way of life for generations.
Laddawan Kamsong has spent the past forty years coaxing rice from her plot in central Thailand, but she is tired of watching her farmland squeezed dry by increasingly severe droughts.
On the first anniversary of the lifting of martial law in Thailand, and as officials announced they will hold political re-education courses in army camps for government critics, Amnesty International calls on Thai authorities to lift the “virtual” martial law powers it has granted to the military in decrees that restrict human rights to the further detriment of the rule of law in the country.
The organization also urges authorities to end their increasingly pernicious repression of peaceful dissent that has been facilitated by the military’s expanded powers.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
MARCH 25, 2016
The first witness in the largest human-trafficking trial in Thai history was called to testify last week in a court in Bangkok. The witness, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, told of being beaten and starved by gun-toting captors on the boat that ferried him and more than 200 others to a trafficking camp in Thailand.
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By Hang Thi Thanh Pham
BANGKOK, 24 March 2016 – Mayors and deputy mayors from 15 municipalities in Thailand have committed to reduce disaster risks and greenhouse gas emissions in order to strengthen the resilience of their cities.
The ‘Low Carbon and Disaster Resilient Cities in Thailand’ initiative marks the first time that municipality-level actions in the country are being integrated to tackle the interlinked challenges of climate change and increasing disaster risks, which pose a threat to sustainable and resilient development.