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22 Feb 2018 description

by Jared Ferrie | @jaredferrie | Thomson Reuters Foundation

About 100,000 refugees remain in camps across the border in Thailand, while others sheltered within Myanmar after fleeing their homes

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plans to create two parks to protect swathes of mountainous jungle in Myanmar could stop more than 16,000 refugees who fled conflict from going home, campaigners said on Wednesday.

18 Feb 2018 description

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  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description

From December 2017 - February 2018, the Thai public prosecutors have prosecuted 7 stateless fishing vessels on three offences, namely, the falsification of Port-in Port-out documents and provision of fraudulent reports to the competent port authority; employing fishing crews with no work permits; and human-trafficking of 9 Indonesian crew and 6 Filipino crew, totaling 15 persons, who were found to be victims of forced labour onboard. Further investigation led to the arrest and prosecution of the recruitment agent with human-trafficking offences.

16 Feb 2018 description

341.1 M required for 2018

20.2 M contributions received, representing 6% of requirements

320.9 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Feb 2018 description

301.8 M required for 2018
17.6 M contributions received, representing 6% of requirements
284.2 M funding gap for the Myanmar Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

14 Feb 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at the deportation of a Cambodian refugee from Thailand, despite the confirmation of her refugee status and her well-founded fear of persecution if returned to Cambodia.

UNHCR understands that the refugee was taken from an immigration detention centre in Bangkok on 8 February 2018 and sent back to Cambodia, where she is now in detention in Kampong Speu Province and may face two or more years in jail.

14 Feb 2018 description

This book explains the fundamental reason for the establishment of the AHA Centre and how the Centre has evolved through 5 years of experience in carrying out its roles and mandate.

Foreword from the Chair of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management and AADMER Conference of the Parties, 2016

12 Feb 2018 description

Bangkok, 12 February 2018 – The story of Absame, an asylum seeker living in Bangkok, shows incredible bravery, resilience, and persistence. He embraced opportunities for education and utilised his perseverance and skills to find informal employment under extremely tough circumstances. Above all, he perseveres with the hope of a better future. Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand (JRS) has been privileged to accompany him in his courageous journey.

12 Feb 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Ler Doh Soh Township and K’Hser Doh Township, Mergui-Tavoy District during the period between February and April 2017, including roads and transportation, education, healthcare, communication, logging, military activity and arbitrary land confiscation by private companies.

  • Villagers in K’Mo Thway area and Kleh Mu Hti area, Mergui-Tavoy District, faced difficulties travelling during the rainy season due to floods that damaged roads and bridges. This impacted villagers’ business and health.

09 Feb 2018 description

Executive summary


Typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name, ‘Yolanda’), made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is considered to be one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded in world history, based on maximum wind speed, with a wind gust reaching up to 320 km/hour at its peak.

09 Feb 2018 description

ERAT FAQ is a handbook that contains information about the history, deployment mechanism, training and other important information of ASEAN-ERAT. The handbook will be useful to help new ERAT members understand their roles and functions better.

09 Feb 2018 description

The AJDRP (ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan) book is the published version of the ASEAN Joint Disaster Response Plan that was endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) meeting in Manado, Indonesia, on October 2016. The plan contains multiple large scale disaster scenarios and list of assets that can be mobilised by the member states in the event of large-scale disasters. The goal of the Plan is to provide a common framework to deliver a timely, at-scale and joint response through mobilisation of required assets and capacities.

08 Feb 2018 description

BANGKOK, 8th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The United Arab Emirates and Thailand have signed an Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on cooperation in combating human trafficking.

The MoU was signed by Ahmed Al Jarman, Assistant Minister for Human Rights and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Vice-Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, and Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.

04 Feb 2018 description

On 1 February 2018, Mr. Panyarak Poolthup, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, presented a contribution of 50,000 euros or approximately 2 million baht from the Royal Thai Government to the Government of the Republic of Cuba as humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

04 Feb 2018 description

With regard to the End of Mission Statement by Ms. Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, on 1 February 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand wishes to state the followings:

  1. The Royal Thai Government believes in constructive dialogue, building trust and confidence, and positive engagement with all actors. It was in this spirit that we facilitated the Special Rapporteur’s meetings with Government representatives while in Thailand.

02 Feb 2018 description

91.1 M required for 2018

12.7 M contributions received, representing 14% of requirements

78.4 M funding gap for the Myanmar Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

02 Feb 2018 description
report Thai Red Cross

From 13 – 15 December 2017, the Relief and Community Health Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society in collaboration with partner organizations launched the winter relief activities in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Nan. The project aims to promote health and the quality of life of the residents of Pua District, Muang District, and Na Noi District. The activities featured free medical and dental check-ups, winter relief kits distribution, etc.