Thailand

Karen women of Thailand call the shots as traditional farming comes under strain

As more people are moving to cities, traditional practices are weakening among the Karen, a society of indigenous farmers in northern Thailand. In New York to speak at a commemoration for Indigenous Peoples Day, Prasert Trakansuphakon, a Sgaw Karen, described some of the traditional Karen practices to Liz Scaffidi.

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Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

The decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

News in Brief 13 June 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Ukraine’s warring parties repeatedly fail to respect ceasefire agreements

“Daily ceasefire violations” in Ukraine have led to a significant rise in the number of people killed in the four-year conflict, the UN said on Tuesday.

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UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Thailand to criminalize enforced or involuntary disappearance and torture.

News in Brief 28 February 2017 (AM)

Conflict continues to hamper humanitarian response to South Sudan famine

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UN rights expert urges Thailand to loosen restrictions around monarchy defamation law

As a student activist awaits trial in detention for posting a news article about the new monarchy on social media, an independent United Nations expert today called on Thai authorities to stop using royal defamation laws to stifle free speech.

News in Brief 13 January 2017 (PM)

Agreement reportedly reached on restoring Damascus water supply

Agreement has been reached, according to  reports, on restoring running water to around 5.5 million people living in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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Violence against women “pervasive” in Asia-Pacific region

Violence against women is “pervasive” in the Asia-Pacific region despite laws to prevent it, according to a senior official from the United Nations gender agency, UN Women.

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UNICEF deeply concerned about impact of unrest in southern Thai provinces on children

The top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official in Thailand has expressed deep concerns over the continuing violence in the country’s restive southernmost provinces and its impact on children, including an explosion that killed a four-year-old girl and her father today.

Concerned by curbs on free expression in Thailand, UN rights office calls for ‘prompt return to civilian rule’

The United Nations human rights arm today expressed concern about the mounting constraints on the democratic space in Thailand – calling for a prompt return to civilian rule.