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30 Years of Uncertainty: Myanmar Refugees Living on the Thailand-Myanmar Border

 

30 Years of Uncertainty: Myanmar Refugees Living on the Thailand-Myanmar Border

For more than three decades, tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar have lived in “temporary shelters” along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Nine camps continue to shelter more than 90,000 refugees. During this week, panelists will discuss the situation of this protracted refugee population and potential solutions for their future. 


Speakers:

  • Wannasingh Prasertkul, Documentary Producer “Savage Voyage” Travel, Youtube channel
  • A representative from the refugee community living on the Thailand-Myanmar border
  • Fr. Joseph Gerald Hampson, Education and Pastoral Project Director, Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Themba Addison Lewis, Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
  • Komson Phayonsakdapas, Mae Sot Senior Field Coordinator, Save the Children 
  • TBC, Representative from the Ministry of Interior
  • Sally Thompson, Director of The Border Consortium, and Chairperson of Committee for Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand

Moderator:
Patcharin Na Wichai, Operations Coordinator, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network 


When:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Bangkok time). 


Where:

Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
CRSP, Amnesty, Fortify Rights
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

Will Thailand’s New Legislation to Screen Refugees Protect Refugees?

Will Thailand’s New Legislation to Screen Refugees Protect Refugees?

 

In December 2019, Thailand’s Prime Minister's Office passed a regulation to establish a national screening mechanism to identify and recognize refugees. The government is expected initiate its implementation this year. During this week, panelists will discuss the status of the government’s implementation plans, how this mechanism may benefit both refugees and Thais, and what more is needed. 


Speakers:

  • Video messages from four refugees speaking about the refugee screening legislation
  • Police Lieutenant Colonel Saksan Koatsing, Deputy Superintendent 4, Immigration Bureau, Royal Thai Police
  • Dr. Bhanubhatra Jittiang, Political Faculty, Chulalongkorn University
  • Chatchai Amornlerdwattana, Litigation Lawyer, Refugee Rights Litigation Project
  • Chernjuti Tempithak, Associate Refugee Status Determination Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Moderator:
Thananuch Sanguansak, Freelance Journalist
  

When:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Bangkok time). 


Where:

Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
CRSP, Amnesty, Fortify Rights
Venue: 
Online
Language: 

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response

Webinar: Funding for Gender in COVID-19 Response

 

The Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team are excited to invite you to a “listening meeting” with diverse women-focused organisations on funding for Gender in COVID-19 response. Diverse women focused organizations, representing networks and an intersection of key groups, will be invited to share experiences related to responding to COVID-19 crisis in their context with an emphasis on funding. The session will be supplemented by an analysis of existing Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs), use of Gender and Age Marker to illustrate funding earmarked or targeted to gender and/or addressing gender-based violence.

 

Date: Monday 20th of July, 11:00-12:30 Bangkok time

 

Please register in advance for this meeting at https://unwomen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DyZXbrsyTkOmW4kcD_lAGw   

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Event Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30
Organiser or Host: 
Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group and COVID Task team
Venue: 
online
Language: 

Thailand and Refugees: Do Thais Understand?, part of a month-long webinar series on refugees in Thailand.

'Thailand and Refugees: Do Thais Understand?', part of a month-long webinar series on refugees in Thailand.

The webinar from CRSP, Amnesty International Thailand, and Asylum Access provides a general overview of the situations of refugees in Thailand, will take place July 2 at 2pm. Sessions will be available in Thai, English, and Sign Language. 

When: July 2 at 2pm Bangkok

To Register: click  here.

More information : https://web.facebook.com/events/293661565348101/?_rdc=1&_rdr

 

Thailand has a long history of hosting refugee populations, but many Thais know very little about refugees or their situation. During this week, panelists will discuss what it means to be a refugee, the international definition of a refugee, and the situation of refugees in Thailand, including protection challenges and potential solutions.

Opening Remarks: Prof Emeritus Vitit Muntarbhorn, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University

Speakers:
•TBC, Representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
•A representative from the refugee community
•Rohmad Ruengprach, Vice President, Satthachon Foundation
•Sakson Rouypirom, Founder, SATI Foundation

Moderator: Naiyana Thanawattho, Executive Director, Asylum Access Thailand

วันที่เสวนา พุธที่ 1 กรกฎาคม 2563 เวลา 14:00 น. กรุงเทพ

เนื้อหา
ประเทศไทย มีประวัติศาสตร์อันยาวนานในการรับผู้ลี้ภัย แต่มีคนไทยเพียงจำนวนน้อยที่รู้ว่าผู้ลี้ภัยเป็นใครและมาจากไหน กิจกรรมวงเสวนาในสัปดาห์นี้ ผู้ร่วมอภิปรายจะพูดถึงความหมายของผู้ลี้ภัยและสถานการณ์ของผู้ลี้ภัยในประเทศไทย รวมถึงความท้าทายในการคุ้มครองสิทธิของผู้ลี้ภัยและการแก้ปัญหาที่อาจเกิดขึ้น

กล่าวเปิดงาน: ศาสตราจารย์กิตติคุณวิทิต มันตาภรณ์ คณะนิติศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณมหาวิทยาลัย
ผู้ร่วมเสวนา:

1. ผู้แทนจากสำนักงานข้าหลวงใหญ่เพื่อผู้ลี้ภัยแห่งสหประชาชาติ (UNHCR)*
2. ผู้แทนจากกลุ่มผู้ลี้ภัยในเมือง
3. คุณเราะห์หมัด เรืองปราชญ์ ผู้ก่อตั้งและรองประธาน คณะกรรมการบริหาร มูลนิธิศรัทธาชนเพื่อการศึกษาและเด็กกำพร้า 4. คุณเสกสรร รวยภิรมย์ ผู้ก่อตั้งมูลนิธิสติ

ดำเนินรายการ: คุณนัยนา ธนวัฑโฒ ผู้อำนวยการ Asylum Access Thailand (AAT)

Jul 1, 2020 02:00 PM in Bangkok

 

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
The Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons
Venue: 
Online

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

WEBINAR: Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 Context

Facilitated by: BBC Media Action and First Draft

 

When: July 2, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Panel discussion, Presentation and sharing of strategies and experiences

Who is it for: Colleagues from National, Regional and Global Humanitarian and Development organisations, Bloggers, Journalists and Civil Society Organisations involved in the COVID-19 response and working on countering or mitigating misinformation related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.

Facilitator: Genevieve Hutchinson, BBC Media Action

Presentations:  Victoria Kwan, Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft

                             Radharani Mitra, Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action

 

To REGISTER CLICK HERE

                            

Purpose: To share approaches and experiences for countering and mitigating rumours and mis- and dis-information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. Through this webinar, participants will:
 

  • Hear about some of the issues facing media and communication organisations in addressing mis/disinformation
  • Understand some of the strategies being used to counter and mitigate mis- and disinformation

 

Background

Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action are jointly hosting this webinar on Understanding and Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 context.

 

Misinformation, rumours and disinformation about health are not new. But the rise of digital and social media has enabled the spread of misinformation at a speed and scale not seen before, causing what has been referred to as an “infodemic”. Misinformation about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and the pandemic in all its forms has at best created confusion, and at worst led to fear, extreme anxiety, stigma, discrimination and people taking actions that have caused themselves or others harm, and in a few cases, death. We are aware of these stories as they make headlines, but how can organisations help to challenge the spread of misinformation in a way that cuts through rather than adds to the mass of information out there, help people to engage with and trust the facts, and builds audiences’ skills so that they can identify factual accuracy for themselves and engage with information that is helpful and supportive.

 

This webinar will share some of the experiences and strategies being used by First Draft and BBC Media Action countering and mitigating rumour, mis- and disinformation in the context of COVIVD-19.


A specific focus will be laid on:

 

  • An overview of the rumour, mis- and disinformation challenges faced so far during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examples of strategies for understanding and handling rumour, mis- and disinformation

 

This 90-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share existing best practices and ask practical questions about CVA key debates and policies, practices, common standards and other issues.

 

Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance, a member of Sphere and their regional partner in Asia and also manages the ADRRN Quality & Accountability Hub in Asia.

 

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international charity. In a world where media can be divisive and untrustworthy, BBC Media Action believes in the power of media and communication to do good. Their work reaches millions of people facing insecurity, inequality and poverty with information they can trust. BBC Media Action supports the independent media essential to democracy and development. And they inform, connect and inspire change in their audiences, providing trusted information, stories and ideas that generate debate and discussion and bridge divides.

 

First Draft is a training and research organisation that provides newsrooms, academics and other information providers with tools and strategies for tackling the challenges posed in an age of disinformation. With headquarters in London and bureau in New York and Sydney, its mission is to empower societies around the world with accurate information in critical moments.

 

If you wish to participate, kindly register here: Webinar Registration
 

Applicants will be informed by June 29th 2020 about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on Handling Misinformation in the COVID-19 content. Those interested may indicate in the registration form and up to participants will be selected to share their experiences.


Webinar Facilitator:

 

Genevieve Hutchinson is a Senior Health Adviser at BBC Media Action. Genevieve has over 15 years of experience in designing, managing and advising health-focused communication and community-based projects and strategy for organisations and teams in the UK, Asia and Africa.  Key areas of work include sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, HIV, malaria, polio, vaccination and health communication in emergencies, including the current pandemic.  In addition to health advice and strategy development, Genevieve also developed BBC Media Action’s strategy for working with and for young people. Before joining BBC Media Action, Genevieve managed support services for adults living with HIV and set up community-based programmes and information services in Ghana to support young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Since joining BBC Media Action in 2012, in addition to her Advisory role, Genevieve has also worked in Nigeria managing BBC Media Action’s health projects there, and in Ethiopia as Country Director.  

 

 

Speakers:

 

Victoria Kwan is the Ethics and Standards Editor at First Draft where she helps develop the organisation’s thought leadership on the effective reporting of mis- and disinformation, and ensures that the organisation's recommended practices are implemented across its own output. Previously, she worked as a Senior Attorney Editor at Thomson Reuters. Victoria is the co-creator of several interactive tools that aid legal journalists and educate the public about the Supreme Court of the United States, including SCOTUS Map and SCOTUS Watch. She holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radharani Mitra is Global Creative Advisor at BBC Media Action. With three decades of experience, Radharani mines insights, formulates strategies and tells stories using digital and legacy media platforms to bring about social and behaviour change. Radharani has created several unique and impactful communication interventions such as the Condom Ringtone; the TB Superhero Mr Sputum; Nugget, an Android mobile game for teenagers; the Mr Plan-Plan radio drama series for Ebola, Klahn 9 Dream Station, a TV reality show for youth in Cambodia; BBC Janala (Window) a digital learning service in Bangladesh, to name just a few. She has played a key role in designing BBC Media Action’s mHealth innovations Mobile Academy and Kilkari (Baby’s Gurgle) that have been scaled up nationally by the Government of India. She has masterminded two TV dramas - AdhaFULL (Half-full), a whodunit series on gender and adolescence and Navrangi Re! (Nine to a Shade), on urban sanitation. She has presented on SBCC and Human Centred Design at various global platforms and her work has won several Indian and international awards

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and BBC Media Action
Venue: 
online
Language: 

WEBINAR: FATF and COVID-19

WEBINAR: FATF and COVID-19

Facilitated by Karen Janjua and Lia van Broekhoven

 

When: June 25, 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Presentation & Discussion

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners who wish to learn more about the impact of counter-terror regulations and policies on their operating environment; including, their capacities to respond to COVID-19?

 

Speakers:   Karen Janjua, Community World Service Asia (CWSA);

                     Lia van Broekhoven, Human Security Collective (HSC)

 

Purpose:

As a non-profit organization (NPO), explore the impacts of Terror Finance regulations at national and international levels:

  • Is your NGO unable to register with ease?
  • Is your NGO perceived as being “at risk” of being used as a conduit for terrorism financing?
  • Are your day-to-day operations hampered?
  • Are your bank transfers delayed or blocked?

 

This webinar will help explore:

  • The drivers behind some of the issues you might be facing, which stem from the counter-terrorism and the architecture which countries have constructed countering the financing of terrorism (CFT)
  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and its standards on anti-money-laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT)
  • The impact of the FATF standards on NPOs, including the unintended consequences
  • How to mitigate the unintended consequences and advocate for a proportional, effective and risk-based approach which does not impede charitable activity in any way (based on country case studies and examples)
  • How the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the already challenging situation

 

Background

Community World Service Asia and Human Security Collective (HSC) are jointly hosting this webinar on FATF and COVID-19 on June 25th, 2020.

 

National and international efforts to counter the financing of terrorism, including the policies and regulations formulated at the supra-national level, have had negative consequences on the operational environment of civil society organizations worldwide.  A one-size-fits-all approach to regulations, instead of a risk-based and proportionate implementation of the rules has resulted in humanitarian and development activity being hampered via administrative and financial channels. The Global Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) Coalition on the FATF, of which HSC is co-chair and CWSA a member, has been working for many years on revising the standards and on their effective implementation.

 

This webinar will outline the standards and detail their impacts, chief among which is the financial exclusion of NPOs. It will then discuss the advocacy that led to important changes in the standards, as well as the ongoing engagements at both international and national levels on issues such as Risk Assessments of the NPO sector and financial inclusion. Country case studies will further illustrate these engagement strategies. 

 

The webinar will aim to deepen an understanding of the structural nature of the drivers of some of the shrinking civic space issues that NPOs face as well as provide engagement and advocacy avenues that are working to alleviate the negative regulatory impacts, going forward. Given that the COVID-19 crisis is only exacerbating some of these challenges, and at a time when humanitarian need is at its peak, it is important to leverage this understanding into mitigating action.   

 

This 90-minute webinar will also be an opportunity to learn from participants on whether they recognize some of the issues outlined and to share best practice, engagement and advocacy strategies tailored for their contexts. 

 

Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is a member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance and a Sphere regional partner.

 

Human Security Collective (HSC) is a foundation based in The Hague working on issues of development, security and the involvement of citizens in their communities and societies. We believe that the idea of Human Security with its focus on people, relationships and human rights provides an organizing frame for action. Based on the elements of trust-creation, local ownership, empowerment and collective action, we facilitate conversation between civil society, policy shapers and other actors to promote alternative approaches to current security practice.

 

Register here:  FATF and COVID-19

 

Applicants will be informed by 20th June 2020 about their confirmation status. Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on the topic under discussion.

Moderator & Facilitator:

 

ImageKaren Janjua

Karen is a Deputy Regional Director at CWSA and a Board member of ACT Alliance.   She has worked extensively with civil society organizations, International organizations and governments across the globe on post-crisis recovery, governance, human rights and democratization. Since 2017, she has focused on civil society sustainability; particularly, engagement with government entities and NGOs in Pakistan to build awareness around the unintended consequences of CFT/AML regulations.

 

Speaker

Lia van Broekhoven

Lia is the co-founder and Executive Director of Human Security Collective based in The Hague. She is co-chair of a Global Coalition of Nonprofit organization that engages with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global standard-setter on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Measures to ensure that governments apply the FATF standards adequately and proportionally in relation to terrorism financing risks to avoid negative impacts on civil society.

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia and Human Security Collective (HSC)
Venue: 
online
Language: 

Empowered Aid: Transforming Gender & Power Dynamics in the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid - Phase 1 Findings

This webinar will share Empowered Aid's Phase I findings and recommendations on reducing risks of sexual exploitation and abuse when accessing humanitarian aid in Lebanon and Uganda. Utilizing participatory action research, Empowered Aid engaged a group of refugee women and girls to share their lived experiences with aid delivery and provide recommendations on how to make distribution and access to aid safer. The research was conducted in partnership with The Global Women's Institute and CARE International in Lebanon and the International Rescue Committee in Uganda. Tag #EmpoweredAid on social media when sharing!

Speakers:
GWI: Alina Potts (PI), Research Scientist & Elizabeth Hedge, Empowered Aid Research Associate
CARE Lebanon: Loujine Fattal, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Farah Hallak, Empowered Aid Project Officer
IRC Uganda: Harriet Kolli, Empowered Aid Research Manager & Fatuma Nafish, Empowered Aid Project Officer

To learn more about Empowered Aid, and access the results reports, full set of policy briefs, and accompanying tools and resources visit globalwomensinstitute.gwu.edu/empowered-aid.

Jun 22, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Register -  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sw673-l-T_KCr52JxIkxmg

Event Date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 09:00 to 10:00
Organiser or Host: 
IRC, Care, Global Women's Institute
Venue: 
Online
Language: