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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
BANGKOK, January 31, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a five-year, $10 million initiative to assist the people and Government of Thailand in their ongoing efforts to counter human trafficking. Implemented by Winrock International and partners, the USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons (USAID Thailand CTIP) project will examine the scope of trafficked labor, empower at-risk populations and help strengthen victim protection systems.
Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta failed in 2017 to keep its repeated promises made at the United Nations and elsewhere to respect human rights and restore democratic rule. The government announced the national human rights agenda in November, but did not end repression of civil and political liberties, imprisonment of dissidents, and impunity for torture and other abuses.
Sweeping, Unchecked, and Unaccountable Military Powers
Five schools in Phang Nga province in Thailand mobilized 1,717 students and teachers and tested schools’ readiness to respond to natural disasters. The drills included tsunami preparedness activities for students with disabilities, and involved parents and other community members.
Located on the shore of Andaman Sea, Phang Nga is known for its scenic mountains and beautiful beaches. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami severely damaged this coastal province and claimed lives of more than 4,000 people.
It takes about one-hour drive to get there from Mae Hong Son, capital of the homonymous Province, in Northern Thailand. A tortuous road running through rice fields, mountains, and an exuberantly green forest. After getting through the routine control at the military checkpoint, one finally reaches the Ban Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter.
Jeh Meh and Neh Meh sit together, discussing about their future life out of the camps. Both of them are young refugee teachers. Both of them are now waiting for their resettlement from the camps to a third country to take place very soon.
Resettlement Figures 2005-2017
Total number of submissions: 134,379
Total number of departures: 108,053
Resettlement Progress in 2017
Total number of submissions: 2,227
Total number of departures: 2,169
BANGKOK, 5 January 2018 (NNT) – The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has outlined seven communicable diseases it believes will need close attention in 2018.
Deputy Director-General of the DDC Dr. Suasadang Ruayajin voiced concern for the public’s health in 2018, stating his office is to implement precautionary measures against seven communicable diseases.
UNDP-GIZ workshop on applying cost-benefit analysis and ecosystem-based adaptation supports adaptation planning for Thailand Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
NAN, 16th December 2017 (NNT) - The Red Cross Society has provided blankets to victims of the cold weather crisis in Pua subdistrict, Nan province.
Dr. Amnat Balee, Director of the Relief and Community Health Bureau, Red Cross Society together with the Royal Thai Air Force, the TV Cameramen and Reporters Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage, and artists and celebrities have cooperated with Nan province to hold the event “Do Good Things for the King 2018” at Pua District Office, Nan province.
BANGKOK, 13th December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has held a strategic seminar on insect-borne communicable disease prevention to promote healthy lifestyles in rural areas.
DDC Director-General Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said during the recent seminar that Thailand has successfully implemented an insect-borne disease prevention program and completely eliminated elephantiasis from the country.
SONGKHLA, 13 December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has confirmed that five southern provinces are still flooded.
According to the DDPM, the five provinces are Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani.
In Songkhla province, Songkhla Lake has overflowed its embankments and flooded the homes of more than 114,000 people.
130,800 people in the municipality of Phatthalung and surrounding areas are going through a similar ordeal.
Flooding has caused more than 70 million baht in damage across Songkhla as local businesses struggle to recover.
However, the severity of the situation in the southern provinces has abated as water levels continue to recede.
Wasan Chaithaweewong, acting chief of the Songkhla Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said 16 districts of Songkhla were ravaged by flood water, causing around 72 million baht in damage.