Human Welfare

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

Eyes on Koreas as Southeast Asian leaders hold summit

Apr 27, 2018

Southeast Asian leaders are expected to discuss economic cooperation and Myanmar's refugee crisis at a summit in Singapore this weekend

Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Apr 21, 2018

A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued off Indonesia in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nearly nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Apr 21, 2018

Indonesian fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea

Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Apr 15, 2018

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home

Vietnam gives harsh jail terms to 6 for advocating democracy

Apr 6, 2018

Six activists were sentenced to harsh prison terms in Vietnam after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government by advocating a multiparty democracy

Myanmar minister hopes to visit Rohingya in refugee camps

Apr 5, 2018

The Myanmar state minister overseeing the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh says he hopes to talk to them when he visits this month

Singapore court imposes hefty fines for Airbnb rentals

Apr 4, 2018

A court in Singapore has fined two men for breaching laws banning short-term rentals by renting out condominium units through online services such as Airbnb, Craigslist and HomeAway

Advisory board applauds plans for Myanmar visit to refugees

Apr 4, 2018

An advisory board appointed by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has applauded Bangladesh's agreement to let a Myanmar state minister visit border refugee camps to which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled