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How ASEAN deals with forced migrants shows in how far it is actually people-centered and people-oriented. This vulnerable group used to be integrated in the past. However, today it appears integration efforts are not truly inclusive.
By Andika Ab. Wahab
This article is part of our dossier 50 years of ASEAN – Still waiting for social and ecological justice.
Forced Repatriation, Inhumane Detention Adds Misery to Asylum Seekers
Once again, World Refugee Day has arrived with no improvement in Thailand’s abysmal treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
Despite having decades of experience hosting millions of refugees, Thailand still has no refugee law or credible national procedures for granting asylum. The result is refugees and asylum seekers are in a precarious state, vulnerable to abuse.
Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.
By Brigitte Leoni
BANGKOK, 20 September 2013 – Chaiyaphon Phupharat knows what he is talking about when he speaks about disability and how people living with disabilities are more vulnerable when disasters happen.
In 1995, when he was 33 years old, Mr Chaiyaphon was involved in a road accident and has been in a wheelchair since. The incident prompted him to join the Council of Persons with Disabilities in Thailand and he has since become the organisation’s director.
New FAO book explores edible insect sector in Thailand
"Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand"
Bangkok, 4 April 2012 – In more than 70 countries today, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, thousands of people will roll up their trouser legs and stand side-by-side with survivors and communities affected by landmines.
These campaigners will be taking part in Lend your Leg – an inspirational global day of action launched last month – to call for an end to the curse of anti-personnel mines.
BANGKOK, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) - A new paddy-pledging programme in Thailand that has already pushed up the cost of rice globally will go into effect on 7 October, amid uncertainty and scepticism.
The move by the world’s leading exporter has stirred humanitarian concerns far beyond Thailand’s borders, particularly for rice-consuming countries that do not produce much at home. The government plans to pay its farmers more than double the market value for rice.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti ( Brazil):
The members of the Security Council were briefed by Under-Secretary-General B.
- At least 11 people killed, thousands
Country Context and Evaluation Rationale
The Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004 caused widespread devastation along much of Thailand‘s 400-kilometre southern coastline, directly affecting 407 villages and completely destroying 47 of them. About 1.9 million people, including 600,000 children, were affected in six southern provinces—Satun, Trang, Krabi, Phuket, Phang Nga and Ranong.