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.
19/05/2016 Bangkok, Thailand
The Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has offered to assist countries in the region as they implement a new international agreement to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU).
IUU fishing is about to become much more difficult once the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO, enters into force early next month.
As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:
46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).
14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
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
New Delhi, 19 May 2016 – In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with all districts across the 11 countries having reduced the cases to less one than per 1 000 live births.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the MNTE goal last year.
The Asia Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Each year, the region experiences a full range of disasters, from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to extreme weather events such as typhoons, floods and drought.
Highlights - Bangladesh: IOM provided return assistance to 39 Bangladeshis returning in five batches in April. Facilitated by IOM, 38 of them returned from Thailand and one from Indonesia. There were no minors among these returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,646 Bangladeshis. - Indonesia: As of 30 April, there are a total of 285 migrants (four Bangladeshis and 281 Myanmar Muslims from Rakhine State) throughout five shelters in Aceh and North Sumatera. The remaining Bangladeshis stay in Medan shelter.
Strong wind damaged 68 houses in Bandung District, West Java Province.
By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Human trafficking is the exploitation of human beings through forced labor or slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation. It occurs both across and within national borders and can affect men, women, and children. Although the global and regional impact of trafficking is difficult to measure, data do show that it is on the rise in many areas and that women and girls are particularly vulnerable.
2015 at a glance: A year of milestones
2015 marked the beginning of a new era in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. ADPC embraced the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction while continuing to build resilience side by side with the Asia-Pacific countries.
4.2 M required for 2016
795,300 contributions received, representing 19% of requirements
3.4 M funding gap for the Bay Of Bengal Situation
As of 11 May 2016, 58 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission of which:
45 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitoes.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
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.
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015
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.
- Strong wind ravaged four villages in Deli Serdang District, Province of North Sumatra. The media reported that the wind had damaged 44 houses. The disaster management agency of Deli Serdang responded quickly the situation by providing food and assistance to the victims.
- Whirlwind has also damaged 25 houses and a school in Solok District, West Sumatra Province.
- Heavy rain and strong wind has damaged 48 houses and uprooted several trees in Sleman, Yogyakarta Province.