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16 Oct 2018 description
report BenarNews

By Wilawan Watcharasakwet and Nontarat Phaicahroen, and Muzliza Mustafa

Thailand has named a new chief negotiator in stalled talks aimed at resolving a decades-long separatist conflict in its southern border region, while a panel representing insurgent groups has expanded, officials said Tuesday.

16 Oct 2018 description

At 31 July 2018, there were 1345 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1172 in immigration detention on the mainland and 173 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 386 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,029 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

28 Sep 2018 description

Monkeypox - the United Kingdom ex Nigeria - 2018 Opening date: 12 September 2018 Latest update: 28 September 2018 ÎUpdate of the week On 26 September 2018, the UK reported an additional case of monkeypox. The case was involved in the care of the case in Blackpool Victoria Hospital before monkeypox was diagnosed.

27 Sep 2018 description

Regional update – Asia and the Pacific Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Sixty-ninth session
1-5 October 2018

A. Situational context including new developments

17 Sep 2018 description


In recent years, UNHCR has given increased priority to promoting self-reliance for refugees and other persons of concern (PoCs)*.

Self-reliance is a vital part of enhancing refugees’ protection, empowerment, and resilience. It is a cross-cutting theme described throughout UNHCR’s Strategic Directions 2017-2021, and highlighted in the High Commissioner’s guidance to prepare annual plans for 2019.

17 Sep 2018 description

Update of UNHCR’s operations in Asia and the Pacific

A. Situational context including new developments

14 Sep 2018 description
report Xchange

The most recent chapter in a decades-long series of Rohingya refugee crises, which erupted in August 2017, has reignited discussion over the policies and legal structures, or lack thereof, to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Asia. Policy and binding legal frameworks are essential means of protecting the rights of forced migrants.

10 Sep 2018 description

On 8 September, the Government of Malaysia launched a national fundraising campaign to support Palestine refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The campaign aims to mobilize resources for UNRWA at a time when the Agency faces an unprecedented financial crisis after the United States, a leading supporter of the Agency announced its decision to no longer fund the Agency.

10 Sep 2018 description

Regional Summary of Week 36 and Outlook for Week 37

1) In Week 36, several minor-to-moderate disasters occurred in ASEAN countries, with similar characteristics from the previous weeks as a combination of wet condition in the northern part and dry condition in the southern part of ASEAN.

03 Sep 2018 description

A new initiative announced on 1 September 2018 will boost the local disaster preparedness and response capacity of nine national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Asia Pacific.

People in Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam will benefit from the two-year, 2 million US dollar (1.7 million Euro) programme to improve the capacity, readiness and resilience of local Red Cross and Red Crescent responders.

01 Sep 2018 description

31/08/2018 Bangkok Three ASEAN sectoral bodies – social welfare development, disaster management and health, together with Specialized Agencies of the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), other partners and civil society groups today announced the planned development of ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection.

30 Aug 2018 description

A cheque presentation ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Putrajaya on 30 August 2018. The contribution was from the Government of Malaysia to the victims of the massive flash floods caused by the collapse of the Xe Pien-Xe Namnoi Dam in Attepeu Province, Lao PDR which resulted in 39 death and more than 7,000 people have been displaced or made homeless. It also caused vast destruction on properties and affected livelihood of the people in the vicinity.

21 Aug 2018 description

21 August 2018, Siem Reap – While there has been extraordinary economic progress in the ASEAN region, pockets of multi-dimensional poverty remain. If those who have been left behind – the poorest of the poor – are to be reached, governments need to adopt new approaches that are people-centred and empower and equip local governments to take innovative action.

These were among the key takeaways from ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Realizing Poverty Eradication, held this week in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

16 Aug 2018 description

Kuala Lumpur, 15 August 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the announcement by the Malaysian Government to expedite citizenship for all qualified stateless individuals in the country. The Malaysian Prime Minister announced yesterday that stateless Indian red IC holders over the age of 60 will be granted citizenship.

This is a positive step taken by the Government to fulfil its commitment to resolve statelessness among the Indian community within 100 days of being in office.

16 Aug 2018 description

At 30 June 2018, there were 1347 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1108 in immigration detention on the mainland and 239 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 368 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,4 20 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

10 Aug 2018 description

Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should increase the speed of negotiation for, coordination of, and responses to emergency food aid releases to enhance food security in Asia.

07 Aug 2018 description

$326.6 million
UNHCR's financial requirements 2018

Funded 122.2 million

Funding gap 204.4 million