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Two Years with No Moon: Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

A new report details how Thailand’s use of immigration detention violates children’s rights, risks their health and wellbeing, and imperils their development.

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Flooding in 14 provinces has been reduced

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NTT) - Flooding in 14 provinces has been mitigated

Department chief, MR. Chaichai Promlert, said today that due to the heavy rain in many areas, seventeen provinces of Thailand have been hit by flood waters and 8,051 households have been impacted by the deluge that has led to 6 deaths.

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Flood risk Hospitals prepared for the emergency

BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NNT) - The announcement of a severe flood risk resulting from heavy rain, was immediately acted upon by hospitals preparing for an emergency

The Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Narong Sahametapat said that after the announcement by the Meteorological Department, that twenty risk-prone provinces should be prepared for floods, PH had instructed seventy nine hospitals in the areas at risk to prepare themselves in case of any emergency. The hospitals are in a position to provide their services to any victims at any time.

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Trapped Burmese migrant workers strike in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers are on strike in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. They say they are being held in bonded labour, and that their employer is holding their passports, forcing them to work for as little as 270 Thai baht (US$8) per day. That is half of Thailand’s legal minimum wage.

The striking workers say they are often not paid for months on end, despite them being due their wage on a fortnightly basis.

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The Tide Is Turning for Burmese in Thailand, But Which Way?

Thailand’s migration and refugee policies have shifted since the military’s coup d’état in May. The Thai junta has initiated a policy of labor reforms, including a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers to allegedly combat corruption and human trafficking.

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PM tasks military with assisting flood-affected residents

BANGKOK, 28 August 2014 (NNT) – Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed concerns over the risk of flooding in the country during this period and instructed military units to be ready to lend a hand to those affected.

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Court Ruling Furthers Impunity

Stymies Victims’ Right to Redress for 2010 Violence

(New York, August 29, 2014) – A Bangkok criminal court’s dismissal of charges against former Thai leaders for their role in the violent crackdown on protesters in May 2010 is a serious setback for accountability efforts in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Floods in three provinces across Thailand ease

BANGKOK, 26 August 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) made known that the flood situation in 3 provinces across the country has eased, with water levels continuing to decline.

Due to widespread heavy rains and thunderstorms, Chiang Rai, Surat Thani, and Phuket province have been hit by waves of floods. In Chiang Rai, the situation has returned to normal after forest runoffs earlier submerged villages in Wiang Papao District.

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Their Majesties offer aid to northeastern flood victims

BANGKOK, 22 August 2014 (NNT) – Their Majesties the King and Queen have provided assistance to flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani after the northeastern province had been hit with heavy rains and landslides.

Provincial authorities have been instructed by Their Majesties to offer financial aid to a number of local households affected by the recent natural disasters. 500 relief packages have also been given to locals in the province.

Mobile medical units have provided free medical check-ups and dental services to residents living in the area.

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Relentless rain triggers flooding in Suratthani, Buriram

BURIRAM, 27 August 2014 (NNT) – Several provinces are once again facing the problems of inundation after relentless rain over the past few days.

In Satuk District in Buriram, floodwater rose to a height of 40 centimeters. At least one rice mill there has suffered damage; about 10 tons of rice has turned bad. Many roads in the district were also flooded. Much of the flooding has lifted by the end of Tuesday.

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29 provinces warned of flash floods this week

BANGKOK, 25 August 2014 (NNT) – Twenty-nine provinces are being warned of flash floods that may occur during August 26-30, according to the Meteorological Department.

The department claims that the monsoon troughs lies across upper Thailand while the southwest monsoon remains over the Andaman, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand.

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Thailand - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash 21 August 2014)

  • Heavy rainfall has been affecting Thailand in the past few days, resulting in floods in several north-western provinces. In Phayao, 60 mm of rain were recorded in 24h over 19-20 August and in Chiang Rai 87 mm were measured in 24h, over 20-21 August.

  • As of 21 August, local media report eight villages hit by flash floods in Nan province. One person is missing, while over 300 houses have been affected. Floods have also affected parts of Phrae, Lampang and Phayao provinces.

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Thirty provinces recover from drought

BANGKOK, 20 August 2014 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has declared thirty provinces now relieved of drought, while emergency assistance is still needed to relieve the plight of people in Ubon Ratchathani.

The Department Director-General Chatchai Promlert said even though 30 provinces nationwide now have relief from the scarcity of water, the drought situation still affects 2,928 households in two districts.

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New Rules to Help Burmese Migrants Apply for Passports

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Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The Burmese Embassy in Thailand is revising procedures for Burmese migrants to receive regular passports, the Burmese government says.

The revision comes after many Burmese migrants were not able to apply for passports because they did not have a valid Burmese ID.

After seizing power in a May coup, the Thai junta launched a crackdown on illegal migrant workers, putting pressure on people to apply for proper documentation.

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Press briefing notes on Thailand and Maldives

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 19 August 2014

1) Thailand

We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand. Since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived.

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Thailand and Cambodia step up to address migrant worker problem

BANGKOK, 18 August 2014 (NNT) - Thailand's Director-General of Department of Employment Sumet Mahosot and Cambodian Director-General of the Labor Department Seng Sakada today briefed the press about the controversial migrant worker issue.

The discussion comprised 4 topics. First, there is the requirement of proof of nationality, so Cambodia will arrange for 5 mobile units to check for nationality proof and will issue passports to those who don't have them. Operations are expected to commence in the beginning of September and at least 1,500 passports per day will be issued.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Thailand 14-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

Favourable prospects for the 2014 main season paddy crop
Rice exports forecast at an above-average level in 2014
Domestic prices of rice increased somewhat in July but remain at low levels
Overall food security in the country is satisfactory

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RID convenes with responsible units to gear up for flood prevention

BANGKOK, 13 August 2014 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has called a meeting with representatives from the Machinery Operation Centers to follow up on the readiness of machinery and equipment to be used in flood prevention efforts.

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Chonburi extends deadline for the registration of migrant workers

CHON BURI, 13 August 2014 (NNT)- Chonburi province will extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented foreign workers from Burma, Cambodia and Laos in keeping with the NCPO’s policy to eliminate human trafficking and labor abuse.

The two One Stop Service centers in the province will be operating until Oct 31st, 2014 while the previous deadline was in mid August. The extension of the deadline was decided on because of the crowd of employees needing registration and the inability of the centers to meet the huge demand for service each day.