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31 Dec 2007 description

Introduction

This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2007.

TBBC is a consortium of currently eleven NGOs from nine countries working to provide food, shelter, non-food items and capacity-building support to Burmese refugees and displaced persons. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outflows. Membership is open to other NGOs with similar interests.

31 Dec 2007 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is supporting the needy in Myanmar with 500,000 kroons, donated through the World Food Program (WFP).

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the humanitarian crisis and the blatant violation of human rights in Myranmar are very alarming. "According to UN data, one third of the nation's residents live below the poverty line," said Paet. "We hope that our small contribution, made through the WFP, can help to alleviate the situation for those in need," he added.

27 Dec 2007 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Min Lwin

While 15-year-old San Lin Aung stood waiting for a train home at Pyinmana railroad station, an army sergeant approached him and asked to see his ID.

The boy couldn't produce one, so the soldier sent him to an army recruitment unit in Mingalardon, on the outskirts of Rangoon. The officer in charge of the unit refused to enlist him, but another unit in Mandalay accepted him without question.

21 Dec 2007 description
report Oxfam

Three years after the Indian Ocean tsunami international aid agency Oxfam has spent over £109m on disaster recovery work, helped over 2.3m people in seven countries and is on track to finish its programmes in December 2008.

Now Oxfam is using lessons learned from the tsunami to help poor people who are facing larger and more frequent disasters due to climate change.

The agency has learnt that it must work harder with local people, organisations and governments on preparing for disasters and reducing their impact.

21 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

General Assembly
Sixty-second session
Agenda item 66 (a)
Promotion and protection of the rights of children

Security Council

21 Dec 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

Assemblée générale        
Soixante-deuxième année
Point 66 a) de l'ordre du jour
Promotion et protection des droits de l'enfant

Conseil de sécurité

20 Dec 2007 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

20 Dec 2007 description
report The Irrawaddy

By The Irrawaddy and The Associated Press

Ethnic rebels attacked a passenger bus carrying soldiers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army heading toward the Thai-Burmese border, killing eight people, including an infant and a member of the rival group, a state-run newspaper reported Thursday.

Six other people were wounded in the Karen National Union's attack Tuesday on the bus, which was carrying several soldiers belonging to the DKBA, a breakaway group that reached a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese military government in 1994, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper …

20 Dec 2007 description

The countries and contexts highlighted by MSF on this year's list accounted for just 18 minutes of coverage on the three major U.S.

20 Dec 2007 description
report The Irrawaddy

[Commentary]

By Ashley South

Civilized people have been shocked by the images of Buddhist monks and other civilians being arrested and killed in Rangoon and other cities.

Understandably, revulsion at the actions of the SPDC regime has led to calls for firm action to be taken against the generals who have mismanaged Burma for nearly half a century (since the military takeover of 1962).

The challenge facing the international community is how to persuade the junta to better respect the human, civil and political rights of citizens.

19 Dec 2007 description
report CARE

London, 19th December 2007 - This month marks the third anniversary of the catastrophic tsunami in the Indian ocean and the closing stages of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) humanitarian relief programmes.

The tsunami prompted the DEC to launch a nationwide appeal for funds. This resulted in the greatest public response we have known with over £390million raised.

In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, the DEC Board agreed a three-year spending plan and DEC members have risen to the huge challenge and provided support to millions of people over a three year timeframe.

18 Dec 2007 description

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on all governments to raise the voice and take bold measures to protect human rights wherever vigorous action is needed, after the UN Human Rights Council concluded its resumed 6th session on 14 December 2007. At the session, the Council extended the mandates of experts on Sudan, Liberia, counter-terrorism and human rights, internally displaced persons, adequate housing and the right to health and established an expert group on indigenous peoples.

18 Dec 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 December 2007 - Three years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and devastated towns and communities, UNICEF has released its 2007 Tsunami report highlighting progress made for children since the 2004 catastrophe.

Including a detailed financial analysis of funds collected and expenditures to date, the report shows significant gains in education, particularly in the area of school construction in the eight affected countries.

18 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 18 December 2007 (IRIN) - Myanmar (formerly Burma), with a population of some 52 million, is one of the poorest countries in Asia, yet international aid had been negligible until recently.

Aid flows are rising, despite the isolation of the regime, a tense political environment and limited humanitarian space, according to the former top UN official in the country.

In September 2007, peaceful anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks were followed by a government crackdown attracting major international attention and diplomatic condemnation.

The former UN resident and …

18 Dec 2007 description
report World Vision

By World Vision staff

Three years after the Asia Tsunami prompted World Vision's largest ever humanitarian response, the organisation its bringing its programming to a close. World Vision stayed well beyond the initial emergency relief stage to help families and communities rebuild their lives.

The US$346.5 million programme encompassed emergency relief, community rehabilitation (including child-focused programmes), livelihood recovery, and infrastructure rehabilitation.

18 Dec 2007 description
report Mizzima News

Than Htaik Oo

December 18, 2007 - Over 3,000 agitated Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burmese border on Monday continued to stage protest rallies over the killing of a student in a camp by Thai security forces and set on fire two buildings and two vehicles.

The demonstration by students from No.1 refugee camp in Maehongson in Northern Thailand occurred following the killing of a refugee student by Thai security forces on Saturday.

"The students said that they would continue their agitation until their demands are met", Pho Re, Chairman of the Refugee Committee in No.