Human Welfare

The Latest: Death toll rises to 131 in Indonesian quake

Aug 8, 2018

Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake that shook Lombok island has risen to 131

Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island

Aug 7, 2018

Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by the earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok as thousands of homeless villagers wait for aid

Human rights group opposes moving Rohingya to island camp

Aug 6, 2018

A human rights group is calling on Bangladesh's government to abandon plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to a small, uninhabited island said to be at severe risk of serious flooding

Activists slam punishment of raped girl who had abortion

Jul 23, 2018

Activists have criticized a six-month prison sentence given to a 15-year-old Indonesian girl who had an abortion after being raped by her brother

Thai authorities say 4 boys rescued from cave on Sunday are hungry but in good health

Jul 9, 2018

Thai authorities say 4 boys rescued from cave on Sunday are hungry but in good health

Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl

Jul 2, 2018

Malaysia's deputy prime minister says authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including elements of possible "sexual grooming" in the case

US trafficking report credits Thailand but progress mixed

Jun 30, 2018

US human trafficking report cites mixed progress in fighting human trafficking in Asia

China offers aid to Bangladesh over Rohingya refugee crisis

Jun 29, 2018

China's foreign minister says his country will offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help shelter and feed hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar

Ill Pakistani prisoner on death row dies in Indonesia

May 31, 2018

A terminally ill Pakistani prisoner on death row in Indonesia has passed away in a hospital shortly after rights activists in Pakistan sought his release on humanitarian grounds

Statue honoring WWII sex slaves removed in Philippines

Apr 29, 2018

A statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II has been quietly removed from a busy seaside promenade in the Philippine capital, angering women's groups

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