Human Welfare

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

Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to finish Rohingya return in 2 years

Jan 17, 2018

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years

Myanmar says 1st camp for Rohingya will be ready next week

Jan 16, 2018

Myanmar officials say a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week

Japan to provide $3 million to Myanmar for Rohingya return

Jan 12, 2018

Japan's foreign minister has urged Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to guarantee the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya who fled violence

Women ask Philippine leader to keep 'sex slave' statue

Jan 11, 2018

A women's group has asked the Philippine president to oppose any request by Japan to remove a newly erected statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II

Analysis: No sign Rohingya will be allowed to return home

Dec 24, 2017

Analysis: Despite pledges by Myanmar, no sign Rohingya refugees will be allowed to return home