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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.

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26 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.

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.

13 Mar 2015 description

Executive summary

The normalisation of Burma/Myanmar’s international relations reached new heights in November 2014 with foreign leaders coming to Naypyidaw for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The democratic transition appears to be on track for national elections to be held in the last quarter of 2015. However, the reform process seems increasingly fragile on a number of fronts.

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.