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Germany donates funds to Thai anti-trafficking group

The government of Germany donated nearly $75,000 last week to a Thailand-based non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, following a visit by members of the German parliament to observe anti-trafficking efforts in the Kingdom.
The government of Germany donated nearly $75,000 last week to a Thailand-based non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking, following a visit by members of the German parliament to observe anti-trafficking efforts in the Kingdom.
 
Members of the German parliament presented a check for the funds to executives of TrafCord, the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit of Northern Thailand, in Chiang Mai on April 13.

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Record ivory seizure at Bangkok port

Thailand’s crackdown on ivory smuggling scored two important victories last week when Customs officials interdicted two shipments of illegal ivory, including the confiscation of 739 ivory tusks being smuggled through Bangkok’s port in what amounted to the largest ivory seizure ever by Thai officials.
Thailand’s crackdown on ivory smuggling scored two important victories last week when Customs officials interdicted two shipments of illegal ivory, including the confiscation of 739 ivory tusks being smuggled through Bangkok’s port in what amounted to the largest ivory seizure ever by Thai officials.
 
The tusks totaled over four tons of ivory. Customs officials at the port found that they had originated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, passed through Malaysia and were due to be shipped to Laos.

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Japan set to partner with Thailand in Dawei project in Myanmar

Japan will come onboard as a partner in the Dawei industrial estate and deep seaport in neighboring Myanmar, a development spearheaded by Thailand, with the Japanese government expected to sign a formal agreement when officials from Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board visit Tokyo next month, an NESDB official said last week.
Japan will come onboard as a partner in the Dawei industrial estate and deep seaport in neighboring Myanmar, a development spearheaded by Thailand, with the Japanese government expected to sign a formal agreement when officials from Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board visit Tokyo next month, an NESDB official said last week.
 
Arkhom Termpitayapaisith, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and also Deputy Minister of Transport, said Japan would hold an equal partnership in the Dawei Special Economic Z

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Thailand vows to sustain anti-trafficking efforts

Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs pledged that the Kingdom will sustain its stepped-up anti-human trafficking campaign whether or not the United States raises Thailand’s ranking in its annual report on trafficking in persons.
Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs pledged that the Kingdom will sustain its stepped-up anti-human trafficking campaign whether or not the United States raises Thailand’s ranking in its annual report on trafficking in persons.
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn said that Thailand had already submitted its own brief to the United States Department of State detailing the measures the government has taken to solve the problem of trafficking in persons.

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ASEAN countries urged to monitor local IS recruits

Countries in the region need to monitor Islamic State recruiting tactics aimed at local Muslims to prevent them from joining the Middle Eastern terror group and then returning to Southeast Asia where they could subsequently launch attacks in their home countries, according to a Professor at Thailand’s Thammasat University who specializes in the Middle East.
Countries in the region need to monitor Islamic State recruiting tactics aimed at local Muslims to prevent them from joining the Middle Eastern terror group and then returning to Southeast Asia where they could subsequently launch attacks in their home countries, according to a Professor at Thailand’s Thammasat University who specializes in the Middle East. 
 
“We cannot rule out the prospect that the Islamic State (IS) has its eyes on Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia which has the highest number of Muslims in the world,'' said Thammasat Professor Jara

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Trafficked migrants intercepted in transit to Malaysia

Thai authorities intercepted 76 migrants, including six members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority, while they were being transported to Malaysia in what is believed to have been a trafficking operation, as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson detailed the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking enforcement gains in a press briefing last week.
Thai authorities intercepted 76 migrants, including six members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority, while they were being transported to Malaysia in what is believed to have been a trafficking operation, as a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson detailed the Kingdom’s anti-trafficking enforcement gains in a press briefing last week. 
 
The migrants were detained after Thai law enforcement discovered them while inspecting a train traveling through the southern province of Nakhorn Si Thammarat.

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Prime Minister vows to catch high-level human traffickers

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered his government to enhance coordination between police, prosecutors and the courts in the fight against human trafficking so that trafficking syndicate leaders can be brought to justice and a more systematic and effective approach to the problem can be employed.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered his government to enhance coordination between police, prosecutors and the courts in the fight against human trafficking so that trafficking syndicate leaders can be brought to justice and a more systematic and effective approach to the problem can be employed. 
 
The Prime Minister vowed to find and prosecute the leaders of human trafficking syndicates and file criminal charges against any government officials implicated in the nefarious activity.  National Police Chief Gen.

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Police arrest ivory and drug smugglers

Thai police arrested a Malaysian and Thai man last week who they said were behind a major smuggling operation for African ivory to Asia, while separately police in Bangkok and Chonburi nabbed one Russian and three Iranians they claim were part of a drug smuggling syndicate specializing in crystal methamphetamines.
Thai police arrested a Malaysian and Thai man last week who they said were behind a major smuggling operation for African ivory to Asia, while separately police in Bangkok and Chonburi nabbed one Russian and three Iranians they claim were part of a drug smuggling syndicate specializing in crystal methamphetamines. 
 
The arrests were further evidence of the current government sustaining Thailand’s commitments to fight transnational crime syndicates.

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Passport forgers and traffickers arrested in Rohingya case

Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
Acting on a complaint from Australian officials, Thailand’s maritime police have seized a notorious, rogue, fishing vessel anchored off an island near Phuket that stands accused of poaching highly-regulated species of fish in Antarctic waters.
 
Maritime police seized the 625-ton Taishan on March 6. The vessel is believed to have changed its name, flag and registration number several times in recent years.

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Thailand Focus March 16th, 2015: Thailand chairing U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Thailand opened the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, serving as the chair country for the central policy-making body within the U.N. dealing with illicit drugs and is the governing body for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

 

 

 

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