COMMUNITY empowerment is a sustainable solution for mitigating statelessness, human-rights group, International Justice Mission (IJM), said recently. Khemachat Saksakunmong-khon, IJM field office director, said that even though Thai authorities were earnestly trying to solve the problem of statelessness, many stateless people in Thailand were still facing difficulties. He put this down to complicated nationality verification procedures and insufficient staffing in state agencies. Khemachat was speaking at a talk entitled “New Life of Stateless” in Mae Hong Son last Friday. “Since stateless people are normally descendants of ethnic minorities or refugees from neighbouring countries, and most of them live in remote areas, local authorities get overwhelmed with the number of nationality applications and do not have enough staff to deal with all. This is why each applicant has to wait for a year or more before becoming a Thai national,” Khemachat said. … [Read more...] about Locals key to dealing with stateless issue
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MALAYSIA has been undergoing almost uninterrupted physical and economic development since independence. This continuous development often comes at the expense of social wellbeing and environmental sustainability. We see this in the polluted rivers and coastal waters, and denuded hills, as well as in the traffic congestion, dilapidated housing projects and inadequate recreational and public facilities. In the last year, we have witnessed fatal floods and landslides, public health problems and repeated traffic accidents. Many Malaysians are fed up with the tragic accidents and chronically deteriorating conditions of streets, parks and other public infrastructure. They are crying out for safe and pleasant neighbourhoods and vibrant and attractive urban centres. The results of the 14th general election earlier this year was a testament to the change desired by many Malaysians. But change at the federal and state levels is not enough. What is needed now, to better our neighbourhoods, towns … [Read more...] about Now, for change at the local level
He visited Wat Rong Khun, also known as White Temple, in Phan district, and saw the new life-size statue Lt-Commander Saman Kunan, the hero ex-Navy SEAL hero who died helping to rescue the footballers. Ten northern artists led by Master Saravuth Kammoonchai, took turns working on the statue. In the temple, national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat took the ambassador to see a painting depicting the personnel involved in the globally united mission. Chalermchai explained to the envoy the background and meaning of the painting and its related sculpture. He also gave Davies a print of the painting bearing the number 50/200 and his signature. The envoy in turn gave souvenirs to Chalermchai and his team. Davies also gave a certificate of honour to Worarinmas Luelert, owner of a Miss White laundry shop in Mae Chan who provided free services for the US team, which came to take part in the rescue mission. Her staff also was given souvenirs by the ambassador. Davies then went to … [Read more...] about US Ambassador visits Chiang Rai, thanks locals for care of US team members during Mu Pa rescue operation
It was a landslide victory. Early estimates indicate that Hun Sen's party, the Cambodian People's Party, may in fact have won every single seat in the National Assembly which would mean the country is now, effectively, a single-party state. The results of the election should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Cambodian politics for the past year. The only viable opposition party was dissolved by court order in November of 2017, and dissenting voices have been systematically silenced as part of an ongoing crackdown on critical media and civil society. Former leaders of that opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, had called for a boycott of the election, asking that voters keep a clean finger, a reference to the indelible ink applied to the index finger of those that cast a ballot. What Hun Sen craved most from this election was legitimacy, and a low turnout would have robbed him of that. Hun Sen, and those that support him, will point to … [Read more...] about Hun Sen’s victory means more of the same for Cambodia
The country’s disaster warning system needs to be reformed, experts emphasized yesterday, as there was no warning for the recent flash flood in Sakon Nakhon that resulted from heavy downpours and leakage in a local reservoir. Meanwhile, experts have reassured the public that there will be no big flood similar to the disaster in 2011, because there was no indication of heavy rainfall in the late phase of the rainy season. The flooding in the Northeastern provinces was due to obstructions to the local water drainage systems and a large downpour in a short period of time. On Friday morning, Sakon Nakhon residents woke up to find their city being submerged by flash flooding caused by heavy rains. Shortly afterwards, more than 1 million cubic meters of water that leaked from the Huai Zaikamin Reservoir washed down toward the city, intensifying the flood situation and leaving some areas under two meters of water. Due to the lack of warning, a large number of people were unable to … [Read more...] about Sakon Nakhon floods easing. Authorities worried about more rain.