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Burma: Children displaced by war face hunger, forced labor 

In eastern Burma, schools have been forced to close due to military offensives, displacement, economic hardship, and human rights abuses. There are large number of stateless children in Eastern Burma and Thailand. The International Organization for Migration estimates that there are 200,000 migrant children in Thailand.In an interview, one 17-year-old migrant said this about the regime, which is officially known as the State Peace and...

Thailand: Education desperately needed for migrant and stateless children 

Thailand has accepted less than 16% of registered migrant children into its education system, according to the Foundation for Rural Youth (FRY). In Bangkok, the situation is particularly critical with less than 4% of migrant children enrolled in registered schools, says FRY, which is working to increase registration of migrant children in Thai schools.Since 1984, there has been mass migration of people from Burma...

Thailand: Migrant workers exploited amid floods, rights groups warn 

Su Su raised an open palm, motioning a flat line above her chest.“The waters came up to here,” she said.For two weeks, Su Su, a Burmese migrant worker trapped in flooded Bangkok, watched as the dirty waters swelled, until they all but consumed her living quarters.She’s now been homeless for more than two weeks, after the floods shut the compact disc factory where she...

Burma: Children in Thai refugee camps face few prospects 

These photos by the Thai Committee for Refugees Foundation (TCR), taken in February 2012, reflect their work with minority Karen refugees in north Thailand. This specific camp photographed is the Umpiam Refugee Camp in Tak Province, a bordering Thai province with Burma. The refugees, amongst them Muslims, Buddhists and Christians, face a lack of protection of basic rights, particularly in education and housing. Children...

South East Asia: The campaign against destructive palm oil  

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in South East Asia is being driven by rising global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels. Thailand and the Philippines have a burgeoning palm oil industry, plantations have been established in Cambodia, and Vietnam is exploring the possibility of cashing in on this crop. Malaysia and Indonesia are the top producers of palm oil in the world,...

Thailand: Indigenous people penalised for carrying out traditional practices 

For decades, indigenous peoples have been forcibly evicted and relocated from their lands on grounds of national security, development and resource conservation. In the north, smaller mountain-dwelling ethnic groups, including Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu and Mein, struggle to survive economically and culturally in the face of development projects, land-ownership issues and the influx of ethnic Thais. In July, officials at Kaeng Krachan National...

Thailand: Documentary film - jungle dwelling indigenous community threatened by influx of 'outsiders' 

Mani 2.0 is a 25-minute documentary about an indigenous jungle dwelling community, the Mani, of Southern Thailand, who are now facing challenges and influences from the 'outside' world. Watch the film on YouTube:Part1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXD0M3FhWKY&feature=g-upl Part2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQJSg-pLgcQ&feature=relmfu...

Burma: Continued fighting causes human rights abuses and health concerns in non-ceasefire areas 

Lway Poe Ngeal is a Palaung woman who left Burma for better education opportunities in neighbouring Thailand. Now, she works with the Palaung Women’s Organization, which advocates for the rights of an ethnic minority community concentrated in northern Shan state.Palaung civilians have become caught up in the violence between the Burma Army and armed ethnic militias, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta-ang...

Thailand: Annual festival supports hill tribe communities' education 

Each year, a festival takes place in the northern Thailand province Mae Hong Son that brings together marginalized hill tribe communities and raises money for hill tribe children’s education. The festival is organized by Toys for Thailand, a charity providing support to 29 remote hill tribe village schools located near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son. Maria S. Miller and Sasha Billar, directors...

Burma: Network calls for action for rivers  

The Burma Rivers Network, comprising several organizations defending the communities in Burma against the effects of dams' construction, organized the international day of action for rivers and against dams to focus attention on a project undertaken by China, Thailand and Burma for building dams on the Salween River. The goal of the organization is to stop the plan that puts at risk not only the...

Minority Voices Podcast - April 2015 

MRG's April 2015 Minority Voices Podcast features a report back from the jungles of Thailand, where indigenous communities are being displaced in the name of conservation, and folk music from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.Photo: Mue Naw, wife of a disappeared Karen land rights activist, Thailand, March 2015.Credit: Emma Eastwood/MRG   Thanks to Atanas Kutsev for providing the field recording of Paethai Paera playing the dennaku...

SWM 2015: Thailand - Promoting a more inclusive tourism industry for Chiang Mai’s hill tribes 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Nicole Girard‘I’m studying Chinese so that I can be a guide for Chinese tourists,’ explains Nahnenuhn, a 20-year-old indigenous Karen from Thailand, ‘I think it’s a good future for me to help support my family.’ Nahnehuhn comes from a small village near Mae Saring and moved to Chiang Mai to study. Like everyone else in the...

Thailand: Karen woman fights for justice over husband’s disappearance 

On 17 April 2014, Billy Rakchongcharoen was stopped at a checkpoint near Bangkloy village in western Thailand.  He was accused of stealing honeycomb from Kaeng Krachan National Park and taken into detention. The park authorities claim he was released after being questioned. But nobody has seen him since.His wife, a soft-spoken 29-year-old, is convinced he was murdered. Billy was not only a prominent land...



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