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.
Thai police and a Myanmar nongovernmental organization that helps migrant workers have rescued 19 trafficked Myanmar fishermen forced to work aboard a fishing boat in slave-like conditions, the director of the NGO said.
The Myanmar Association in Thailand (MAT) and the Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) of the Royal Thai Police found the men on Sunday in a boat moored off the southern Thai city of Pattani, said MAT director Kyaw Thaung.
By Wassana Nanuam
Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to set up a committee to examine related documents in preparation for the repatriation of war refugees residing on the Thai side of their common border.
Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said the agreement was reached during the visit by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to Myanmar.
Gen Prawit and his entourage arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday for a two-day visit.
June 25, 2016, Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Government Spokesperson, disclosed that ever since Thailand officially entered rainy season on May 18, 2016, continuous rainfall has been recorded in many areas nationwide, especially above the dams, which has alleviated drought situation.
Key Messages - More than 30 years on, the situation of refugees from Myanmar/Burma in Thailand has become one of the world's most protracted refugee crises, and there is a need to find durable solutions. - Since 1995, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has provided funding for humanitarian assistance in the refugee camps.
WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM
Myanmar should be given more time to prepare to take back refugees, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says.
Speaking ahead of Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi's three-day visit, starting today, Gen Prayut said talks between Thailand and Myanmar over refugee matters began during the previous administration and the government believes that when Myanmar is ready, it will then take the refugees back.
New York, June 21, 2016) – Thailand’s junta has forcibly blocked opposition efforts to monitor the nationwide referendum on a new constitution scheduled for August 7, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen.
20 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.
Mr. Ban spoke by telephone yesterday with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
“The Secretary-General reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support Thailand during this critical juncture to facilitate a swift return to democracy,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
The Heavenly Home orphanage was founded a decade ago to cater for refugee and migrant orphans after founder Lily was asked to take in a six-month old abandoned baby. Today the baby is a happy, healthy 11-year-old boy called Sam, one of 73 children who live fulltime at the home in the Thai border town of Mae Sot.
Military Criminal Complaint in Retaliation for Torture Report
(New York, June 9, 2016) – The Thai military should immediately withdraw its criminal complaints against three human rights defenders for reporting alleged torture by government security forces in southern Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.
The military’s actions pose a serious threat to all human rights monitoring and reporting in Thailand at a time when rights abuses are widespread in the country, Human Rights Watch said.
The 2015-2016 El Niño event is one of the strongest since 1997-98. The impacts from the El Niño in Asia-Pacific continue to threaten the most vulnerable populations in the region and may have long lasting implications.
Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to speed up the investigation of human trafficking cases, most of which involve government officials.
"Although the number of cases has increased since 2014, the investigation needs to be sped up so the problem can be addressed. Authorities have to solve related cases soon," he said. According to the.
While farmers pray that rainfall will return to normal this year, consumers brace for higher food prices and reduced quality resulting from the worst drought in decades.
This depleted water retrenchment pond in Wiset Chai Chan district of Ang Thong was one of the many casualties of Thailand's protracted dry season.
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.