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THAILAND-MYANMAR: Concern over refugee camp closure plans
12 April 2011 (IRIN ), Aid agencies in Thailand are concerned about a government plan to close a string of Burmese refugee camps along its western border. According to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), a group of INGOs operating along the 1,800km-long border, about 142,000 Burmese refugees live in nine government-run camps.
ASIA: Climate change conference lacks unified voice, NGOs say
7 April 2011 (IRIN ), The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being criticized for weak collaboration and a failure to act at the latest international climate change conference in Bangkok.
In Brief: Thailand to host climate change conference
1 April 2011 (IRIN ), More than 13 years after the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol and three months after the Cancun Agreements, nearly 200 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Bangkok on 5 April.
MYANMAR-THAILAND: Thai border camp population constant despite third country resettlement
25 March 2011 (IRIN ), The population of the nine refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thai border in Thailand, which have been in existence for more than 20 years, is relatively stable, despite 11,086 refugees being resettled in third countries over the past year, according to the Thai Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), an umbrella group of NGOs working along the border.
ASIA: Bracing for Japan tsunami spillover
11 March 2011 (IRIN ), Following the approximately 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the northeast of Japan's capital, Tokyo, a Pacific tsunami alert has been issued for countries with coastlines in and around the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia and the Philippines.
In Brief: Calls to penalize Thailand's child soldier recruitment
4 March 2011 (IRIN ), NGOs are calling for harsher penalties and better enforcement of laws criminalizing child soldier recruitment in southern Thailand's ongoing conflict between the government and Muslim separatists.
HEALTH: Poor struggle to access diabetes care, says study
2 March 2011 (IRIN ), Ineffective or insufficient diabetes treatment can be fatal for millions worldwide, according to a new study by the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
LAOS: Decision expected on controversial Mekong dam
25 February 2011 (IRIN ), The proposed Xayabury Dam on the lower Mekong River promises to supply much-needed energy to the region, but at a "devastating" environmental and personal cost to surrounding communities, say activists and environmental experts.
THAILAND-CAMBODIA: Conflict-displaced returning home
14 February 2011 (IRIN ), Thousands of residents displaced by recent fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border have begun returning homes, aid officials say.
THAILAND: Citizenship hope for thousands of stateless people
9 February 2011 (IRIN ), About 20,000 stateless people living along the southern Thai-Burmese border look set to receive Thai nationality when amendments to the Thai nationality bill are reviewed by parliament on 15 February.

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