Human Welfare

Malaysia set to intercept boat said to be carrying Rohingya

Apr 2, 2018

An expert on the plight of Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority says the sighting of boat people said to be seeking refuge in Malaysia does not portend a new exodus by sea, as Malaysia says it has stepped up patrols to intercept the vessel

Thais help boat with presumed Rohingya refugees back to sea

Apr 1, 2018

A boat with 56 people claiming to be Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has been helped back to sea by Thai fishermen and navy craft after being damaged in a storm and stopping temporarily in southern Thailand

Pipe dream? Hong Kong architect proposes low-cost tube homes

Mar 15, 2018

Drain pipe micro-homes latest idea for alleviating Hong Kong's shortage of affordable housing

Myanmar soldiers accused of killing 2 Kachin civilians

Mar 9, 2018

Community leader in Myanmar's Kachin State says the bodies of two civilians last seen in the custody of soldiers have been found in a shallow grave

UN official: Myanmar violence precludes return of Rohingya

Mar 6, 2018

The senior U.N. official for human rights says it is impossible to safely send Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to Myanmar because widespread and systematic violence appears to be continuing against them in Myanmar

Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

Feb 20, 2018

A Thai court has granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father

Rights groups want probe of civilians held by Myanmar army

Feb 20, 2018

Rights groups are urging authorities in Myanmar to investigate and release information about two ethnic Kachin civilians believed to be held by soldiers in the country's north, where fighting has raged between government forces and armed Kachin rebels

UK's top diplomat meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Feb 11, 2018

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to talk about the Southeast Asian nation's Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and how almost 700,000 of them can be repatriated after fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence

Study: Extremists still flourishing in Indonesia's prisons

Feb 9, 2018

A new study has found Indonesia's overcrowded prisons are ill-equipped to deal with Islamic militant inmates, hampering efforts to prevent the spread of violent radicalism

Indonesia police probe Aceh abuse of transgender women

Feb 3, 2018

Muslims in Indonesia's conservative and semiautonomous Aceh province are protesting an investigation into local police who rounded up and publicly humiliated transgender women

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