Systematic Bombings Possible Crimes Against Humanity
(New York) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces have committed an apparent series of bombings against civilians that may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today.
Pattani, Thailand | AFP | Wednesday 8/24/2016 - 07:09 GMT
by Tuwaedaniya Meringing
A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns.
The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces battered by a long-running and shadowy rebellion against the Buddhist-majority state.
WRITER: NOPPARAT KINGKAEW
SURIN -- While rain has nourished crops in most parts of the country, more than 20 villages in Tha Tum district of this northeastern province are watching their rice crops discolour and wither after about two months without any rain at all.
The 20 villages in tambon Krapho and nearby tambons of Tha Tum district usually reap healthy crops of fragrant hom mali rice.
NAN, 16 August 2016 (NNT) - Seven districts in Nan province have suffered heavy flooding, after a low pressure trough brought heavy rain to the North of Thailand.
Nan Governor Suwat Promsuwan has declared disaster zones across 127 subdistricts, as access to food and clean water has been cut off by the rising waters. Authorities have been trying to reach out to disaster-stricken people to deliver basic necessities. A group of soldiers from the 38th Military Circle used a large army truck to reach severely flooded areas to evacuate residents to higher ground.
BANGKOK, 17 August 2016 (NNT)-Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his concern over flooding in many provinces while urging every unit to quickly assist people affected by the deluge.
Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd reported that the premier wants relief efforts to continue as many low lying areas remain submerged in deep flood water.
People living along the Mekong River have been alerted to rising water levels as authorities monitor the situation and stay prepared for emergencies around the clock.
The Mekong levels in the northeastern province of Nong Khai rose quickly Sunday, by 7cm per hour, according to Nong Khai's hydrology authorities under the Water Resources Department.
They said the river level which was recorded at 11.05 metres at noon, nearly reaching the critical level of 11.15 metres, continued to rise due to large amounts of water flowing from the North.
Water levels have returned to normal in two of three provinces hard hit by flooding in the North, but the situation remains serious in some areas of Nan, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Wednesday.
In Nan, flash floods and landslides hit 206 villages in 34 tambons of Santisuk, Chalerm Phra Kiat, Muang, Tha Wang pha, Pua, Phu Phiang, Mae Charim and Wiang Sa districts, affecting 4,109 households. One person was reported killed.
Water was still rising in Wiang Sa and Mae Charim districts, but had receded elsewhere,
Residents of a village in Mae Hong Son's Pai district have called for local agencies to relocate their village out of high-risk areas for flash floods.
Locals in Mae Na village of tambon Mae Na Toeng made the call Tuesday after monsoon rains sent brownish runoff from a mountain downstream into various creeks and eventually into the Pai River in Pai district. The river burst its banks on Saturday morning.
Riverside resorts and homes were devastated by the floods and tourists and locals evacuated to higher ground.
Thai authorities have arrested and deported up to 10,000 Myanmar nationals working in the country as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants during the last 10 days, an official from a Myanmar nongovernmental organization that helps migrant workers said Monday.
“Over the last 10 days, there have been more arrests of Burmese workers in Thailand,” said Kyaw Thaung, director of the Myanmar Association in Thailand. “According to [our] list, the number of Myanmar nationals arrested around the country in the past 10 days could reach 10,000—an average of about 1,000 each day.”
By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, August 1, 2016 |
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Service centers providing support for Burmese refugees returning home voluntarily are to be established in all nine Burmese refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border later this month.
Refugees can declare their intention to return home at these “Voluntary Repatriation Centers,” where they can also receive advice, counseling and provisions for their return, and be formally processed in coordination with the Thai authorities.
Drop sedition charges and end repression before August 7 poll
(New York) – Thailand’s junta should stop bringing sedition charges against critics of the draft constitution, Human Rights Watch said today. A referendum on the proposed constitution is slated for August 7, 2016.
Critics of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) held in military detention on politically motivated charges of sedition or other offenses should be immediately released and the charges dropped.
In Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has been holding regular free clinics on behalf of refugees in Bangkok for one and a half years. To ensure these refugees can seek medical assistance with ease, Tzu Chi provides variety of services at free clinic for refugees. For example, volunteers babysit their children at the medical outreach, helping the children learn through games and activities.
For Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. Over the past decade, his government school has three times endured firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, had to witness the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen in the school cafeteria.
By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY
RANGOON — The United Nation’s (UN) refugee agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is conducting a “last call” resettlement initiative for Burmese refugees living in Thailand who wish to resettle in the United States.
The initiative will allow unregistered refugees to reunite with their immediate families in the United States. Typically, refugees who have not registered with the UNHCR are not eligible for third country resettlement.