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31 Dec 2012 description

A group of about 450 Rohingya Muslims from Burma have arrived on Malaysia's Langkawi island after a two-week boat journey, officials say.

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31 Dec 2012 description
report The Irrawaddy

By PHIL THORNTON

P’da Myah raises a sun-bronzed arm and points across a never-ending blanket of green rice fields that disappear into the distant horizon and Myanmar beyond. The faint smudge that makes up the Dawna Range mountains stands flat against a sky sliding into night. P’da Myah is at times excited, nervous and sad as he speaks about being resettled to Australia from the Thailand-Myanmar border.

31 Dec 2012 description
report Jungle Aid

At 7am our team of volunteers met to head off in to the jungle and visit one of our villages called Ba Mak. It is only 2 hours drive away from Hua Hin but very remote. We need 4×4 trucks to reach the village as there are 2 rivers we have to cross and roads so deep in gully’s that it is a wonder we can get across.

31 Dec 2012 description

Yangon, 27 Dec- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help Myanmar install the second radar system in early 2013 for upgrading weather forecast work, official media reported Wednesday.

The radar system will be installed in Yangon, Mandalay and Kyaukpyu, western Rakhine state. The first Myanmar radar system had been established in Kyuaukpyu with the assistance of the World Meteorology Department and Japanese government.

31 Dec 2012 description

Executive Summary

Introduction

Evaluation Features

  1. This evaluation is part of a series of impact evaluations jointly commissioned by WFP and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2011 and 2012 to assess the role of food assistance in, and its contribution to, self-reliance and durable solutions for the refugee and the refugee-affected populations.

31 Dec 2012 description

Turkish Red Crescent responses to countrywide disasters with the coordination of National Directorate General for Disaster Management, through 9 District and 24 Local Disaster Management & Operation Centers. The disaster response activities are conducted with support of 260 expert disaster personnel and personnel that work in other units of the institution across the country.

31 Dec 2012 description

Preface

Don’t stop the momentum of the society for change

Hiroshi Taniyama
President, JVC

2 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear acci- dent. Through this experience of an unprecedented catastrophe, a movement was generated naturally, a movement to look back at how our society and economy has been formed, and trying to bring back the connections between people and people, as well as people and communities. There was a momentum to create a society for change.

30 Dec 2012 description

This seventh edition of the Yearbook of Peace Processes analyses conflicts in which negotiations are being held to reach a peace agreement, regardless of whether these negotiations are formalised, are in the exploratory phase, are faring well or, to the contrary, are stalled or in the midst of crisis. It also analyses some cases in which negotiations or explorations are partial; that is, they do not include all the armed groups present in the country (such as the case of India, for example).

30 Dec 2012 description

En esta séptima edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. Se incluye un capítulo sobre Colombia, por hacerse una edición colombiana de este anuario.

30 Dec 2012 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Friday, 28 December 2012, H.E. Mr. Mikio Numata, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and H.E. Dr. Khin San Yee, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, signed and exchanged notes on grant aid projects to Myanmar for “Project for Urgent Improvement of Communication Networks” and “Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers”, and H.E. Mr. Mikio Numata, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and H.E.

28 Dec 2012 description

New Delhi, 28 December, 2012 – Despite legislative improvements in the protection of children in India, young refugees continue to be particularly vulnerable to neglect and abuse. This was the subject of a meeting in mid-December between Representatives from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the government, NGOs and advocates.

During the meeting, held by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in India, the participants came together to map the protection of children and seek solutions which minimise gaps in service provision.

28 Dec 2012 description
report The Irrawaddy

As the year comes to a close, Burma’s Tatamadaw, or armed forces, is moving in for the kill. Its Christmas offensive in Kachin State is reaching a fever pitch, as jet fighters and helicopter gunships blast away at Lajayang, a strategically important outpost just 11 km from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) stronghold of Laiza.

28 Dec 2012 description
report UN Radio

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Gros plan sur l'humanitaire en 2012, une année qui a connu son lot de drames et de crises qui ont affectés des populations suite aux conflits armés, aux catastrophes naturelles ou encore au changement climatique.

Le Mali, la République démocratique du Congo, la Somalie, le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud, la Syrie, le Pakistan, l'Afghanistan, le Myanmar ou encore Haïti, sont autant de pays qui ont nécessité un appui humanitaire en 2012.

28 Dec 2012 description

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:16 GMT

(Read story in a PDF: http://link.reuters.com/jyq84t)

  • Months-long mine protest reminiscent of 2007 crackdown

  • Mine a unit of Chinese weapons manufacturer

  • Police used bullet-like munitions on protests-diplomats

  • Suu Kyi investigating "incendiary" tear-gas canisters

By Andrew R.C. Marshall

28 Dec 2012 description
report The Irrawaddy

By SIMON ROUGHNEEN

LAIZA, Kachin State—One man was killed and three people wounded—two seriously—after Burmese shelling of locations close to Lajayang, a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) outpost about 10 miles (16 km) from Laiza, the rebels’ headquarters, on Thursday morning.

The dead man was named as Maji Tu Ja, a 42-year-old farmer. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Laiza Hospital amid harrowing scenes as his wife and family chanted and wailed as his body, wrapped in a tarpaulin, was lifted off the back of a KIA truck.

27 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

COX'S BAZAR, 27 December 2012 (IRIN) - More than two months after Rohingya refugee Mohammad Shafique fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the 32-year-old wonders whether he will be able to return.

Under Burmese law, the Rohingya are de jure stateless and have long faced persecution and discrimination in Myanmar, human rights groups say. Meanwhile, Bangladesh, already home to more than 250,000, mostly undocumented Rohingya refugees, insists it is in no position to accept any more. Shafique told IRIN his story:

27 Dec 2012 description

2012 December, 26 – Wednesday 11:00 am

Counselor Mr. Kim Dong Bae from Korean Embassy to Myanmar on Wednesday handed over US $200,025 in cash to Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) to help people affected by Sagaing Earthquake.

Firstly Ambassador H.E. Mr. Kim Hae-yong, addressed the objective of the donation and he handed over it to the president of the Myanmar Red Cross Society. Prof. Dr. Thar Hla Shwe, the president received and expressed Thanks to Korean Embassy.

27 Dec 2012 description
report The Irrawaddy

By SIMON ROUGHNEEN / THE IRRAWADDY

JEYANG CAMP, Kachin State—Scissors in hand, Nlam Bok Mai sets about gutting a few cardboard boxes, trimming them down to function as makeshift frames dividing up the eggs, onions, chili and tomatoes she has for sale in her roadside shop.

A year-and-a-half ago, this 24-year-old mother-of-one was a farmer and housewife in Ban Saw, a village 25 miles (40 km) west of where Burma meets China.