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20 Nov 2018 description

Regional Overview

In South and Southeast Asia last week, there was a slight increase in the number of battles and reported number of fatalities while the number of demonstrations recorded remained static. Last week was marked by heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in Ghazni province, a surge of Maoist violence during the first phase of Assembly elections in India’s Chhattisgarh state, and one of the deadliest encounters between the armed forces of the Philippines and Abu Sayyaf since the 2017 Marawi crisis.

20 Nov 2018 description
report APOPO

By Michael Heiman | Country Program Manager, APOPO Mine Action Cambodia

APOPO is now clearing minefields near Preah Vihear temple.

APOPO is delighted to announce support from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that allows for the expansion of the Cambodia landmine clearance program into the province of Preah Vihear.

19 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

India supports disaster management capacity building efforts in the Asia Pacific region. The country’s role throughout the region as an increasingly capable actor in disaster relief and humanitarian assistance has reinforced India’s role promoting connective partnerships throughout the region.

17 Nov 2018 description
report UN News Service

Friday’s historic conviction of two former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia on genocide charges has been welcomed by the United Nations Special Adviser on the issue.

In a statement, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, described the conviction by a UN-backed international tribunal in Cambodia as “a good day for justice”, adding that “it demonstrates that justice will prevail, and that impunity should never be accepted for genocide and other atrocity crimes.”

15 Nov 2018 description

Guidebook for Urban Resilience was developed to provide guidance to the national and local government officials in ASEAN Member States (AMS) in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Urban Planning and Management. With this report, the officials can understand urban disaster risk, issues and countermeasures against the urban disaster risks or critical points regarding to DRR, mainstreaming DRR into urban planning and management including regulation of land use and development through reading the guidebook.

14 Nov 2018 description

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, leading to the trafficking of children to fill them

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of children around the world live in orphanages, but child rights experts say most are not orphans.

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, attracting generous funding. This has led to the trafficking of children to fill them, according to charities Forget Me Not and Lumos.

13 Nov 2018 description

Overall levels of organized violence remained static across the South and Southeast Asian regions while the overall levels of demonstrations significantly decreased following the previous week’s spike due to the eruption of country-wide blasphemy demonstrations in Pakistan.

09 Nov 2018 description

JAKARTA – Southeast Asian leaders must put human rights – including the crises in Cambodia and Myanmar – at the top of the agenda as they gather for the ASEAN Summit in Singapore next week (scheduled for 13-15 November), ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights said today.

06 Nov 2018 description

Key points

  • 3,127 people have been sent to Nauru or PNG as part of offshore processing arrangements

As of 21 October 2018:

  • 1,278 people (including 52 children) are still on Nauru or PNG (note: this number is constantly changing with transfers, with the latest estimate by refugee groups being 27 children as of 5 November 2018)

  • 415 people have been resettled in the US, and 188 people have been rejected for US resettlement as of the same date

05 Nov 2018 description

Animal health emergencies continue to erupt around the world at an ever-increasing pace. Increased global travel, human migration and informal trade of animals and animal products continue to intensify the risk of disease spread. Infectious diseases and other animal health threats have the potential to move rapidly within a country or around the world leading to severe socio-economic and public health consequences. For zoonoses that develop the ability for human to human transmission, an early response to an animal health emergency could prevent the next pandemic.

02 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

By David Boyle and Hul Reaksmey

MELBOURNE —

Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia has expired and is “no longer an option” for the immediate future, the country’s Senate has been told.

Senator Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Australian Greens, pressed the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the future of the agreement in a Senate Estimates Hearing last week, transcripts of which were released Thursday.

24 Oct 2018 description

17 October 2018 – The Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA), with support from the UN Development Programme, arranged a consultation meeting with potential donors for the fourth phase of the Clearing for Results Programme (CfR4), which aims to secure access to safe land and improve rural livelihoods. The project acts as a transition phase for the programme as it moves from a humanitarian response to a human development-centered approach.

22 Oct 2018 description

During the 12 month reporting period, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Law Programme (DLP) continued its work promoting legal preparedness for disasters. Pursuant to the mandates assigned to the IFRC at the 28th, 30th, 31st and 32nd International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the programme focused on supporting National Societies (NSs) to meet the following main goals:

22 Oct 2018 description

By Jared Ferrie and Annie Banerji

OU KRALANH, Cambodia/TOLAKCHUIN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phally Chhiv placed a pot of simmering soup filled with fish and greens on a wooden platform outside her one-room home in northwestern Cambodia - using nutrient-packed minnows that experts hope can help to end global hunger.

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 346 security incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND).