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10 Oct 2017 description

Thailand has been following the situation in Rakhine State particularly the latest developments since 25 August 2017. Thailand shares the concern of the international community and views that as a priority humanitarian assistance should be provided to those affected on the ground both in Northern Rakhine State and in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where there are reportedly more than 400,000 displaced persons.

02 Oct 2017 description

Concerning reports from some Human Rights Organisations’ views regarding Thailand’s position relating to the unrest in the Rakhine State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to make the following points:

  1. Thailand is closely following the situation in the Rakhine State with concern and supports the ASEAN Chairman's Statement on this matter as issued on 24 September 2017.

28 Jul 2017 description

Following reports regarding the repatriation of Rohingya victims and those who have suffered from human trafficking, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to provide the following information on the Government's undertaking in providing care and protecting of victims of human trafficking cases:

  1. On 19 July 2017, the Criminal Court concluded the Rohingya human trafficking case sentencing 62 defendants to imprisonment from 4 to 94 years, reflecting the Government’s efforts to combat human trafficking, which has been declared as a national agenda since 2014;

11 Jul 2017 description

July 7, 2017, at 1330hrs, at the Government House, Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha on the occasion of his official visit to Thailand. Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesperson, disclosed gist of the meeting as follows:

29 Oct 2016 description

On 25-26 October 2016, Thailand and Myanmar join hands on the voluntary return of the pilot group of 71 displaced persons from Myanmar who have been residing in Thailand for more than 30 years. The returnees comprise of 6 displaced persons from Tham Hin Temporary Shelter in Ratchaburi Province and 65 from Nupo Temporary Shelter in Tak Province. This historic undertaking was under cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

21 Sep 2016 description
  • On 20 September 2016, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of Thailand attended the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, held at the United Nations Headquarter in New York, at the invitation of President Barack Obama, to join the world’s efforts in pledging additional assistance for displaced persons. As the only ASEAN country attended, the invitation bore testimony to Thailand’s record of longstanding humanitarian assistance towards over one million displaced persons from various countries during the past four decades.

01 Dec 2015 description

Following a number of news reports in the media outlets concerning the alleged labour abuse and exploitative practices in several poultry processing factories in Thailand, it must be noted that the report omits significant progress made by the Royal Thai Government in addressing and tacking the issues of migration and labour exploitation.

27 Nov 2015 description

The Royal Thai Government will organize the International Conference on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 4 December 2015 in Bangkok. The Conference seeks to follow up the progress in addressing the problem of irregular migration in the Indian Ocean based on recommendations put forward during the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean held on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the subsequent Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime held on 2 July 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr.

11 Aug 2015 description

August 10, 2015, at 1400hrs, at the Ivory Room, Thai Khu Fah Building, Government House, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha handed over the royal donation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen to the Ambassador of Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Thailand.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha handed over the 5 million-Baht royal donation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, through Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage, to H.E. U Win Maung, Ambassador of Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Thailand.

04 Aug 2015 description

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 (NNT) – The Thai government is preparing to send the initial donation of 5 million baht to Myanmar to aid those affected by the disastrous flood, while Thai nationals residing in flood affected areas in Myanmar will be assisted.

The Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Col Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said that the government is now working with the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand to provide help and relief measures for the flood affected in Myanmar.

29 May 2015 description

1. In response to the alarming rise in the irregular movement of persons in the Indian Ocean, the Royal Thai Government organized the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok.

21 May 2015 description

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand met in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 to discuss the issue of irregular movement of people into Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. This is with a view to finding a solution to the crisis of influx of irregular migrants and its serious impact on the national security of the affected countries.

They agreed to resolve this issue in keeping with the spirit of unity and solidarity of ASEAN as well as the aspiration to have a people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN.

19 May 2015 description

I. Latest Progress in Thailand’s Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

1. Updated statistics and notable current cases

The Royal Thai Government’s substantial new measures to combat human trafficking have already begun to yield concrete dividends. This section will provide some key updates on the results of the enhanced law enforcement processes.

04 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, 3 November 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Employment (DOE) says it will need two weeks to complete the registration of 22,000 more migrant workers who could not be registered in time for the October 31 deadline.

03 Sep 2014 description

SURIN, 2 September 2014 (NNT) - 1,837 Migrant workers have registered at the Surin One Stop Service since it opened on August 4th up to September 1st 2014.

The Surin Employment Authority has stated that since the opening of the Surin One Stop Service for migrant workers, laborers from Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia have been coming in droves. A total of 704 workers have applied for legal documents as hired migrant workers.

13 Aug 2014 description

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.

17 Jul 2014 description

Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Recently there have been intensified interests and news circulation about the displaced persons from Myanmar in Thailand. Below are clarifications on this issue.

  1. For three decades, Thailand has been hosting around 130,000 displaced persons from Myanmar in our 9 temporary shelters on humanitarian basis.

06 Mar 2014 description

MAE HONG SON, 5 March 2514 (NNT) -- Authorities in Mae Hong Son have held a meetiong to discuss fire preventive measures for four refugee camps in the province.

According to Mae Hong Son Governor Surapon Panas-Ampon, local and UNHRC officials met on Tuesday to devise measures to prevent Mae Surin blaze from repeating itself.

The inferno that razed Ban Mae Surin refugee camp to the ground in 2013 killed 37 people and destroyed homes for 2,000 displaced inhabitants.

23 Aug 2013 description

CHIANG RAI, 23 August 2013 (NNT) – Several provinces in the North and Northeast still face heavy rain, whereas 5,000 rai of corn fields in Chiang Rai province have already been submerged.

Chiang Rai governor Phongsak Wangsamoe yesterd inspected a water barrier in Mae Chan district, which has been been damaged at several spots. With the gaps in the barrier, water had flowed into corn fields and caused a 'slow death' of the crop. Officials indicate that thousands more rai of farmlands will be inundated if the water barrier is not promptly repaired.

16 Aug 2013 description

BANGKOK, 15 August 2013 (NNT) - Dr. Pradit Sintavanarong, Minister of Public Health, is pushing forward a policy to improve healthcare for people living along the Thai-Myanmar border as he acknowledges that this group is at higher risk of being exposed to contagious diseases than others.