Human Welfare

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Dec 11, 2018

A Thai court has ruled that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution

Philippine peace talks adviser resigns over agency graft

Nov 28, 2018

The Philippine president has accepted the resignation of his adviser on peace talks with insurgents and sacked two other officials due to corruption in an anti-poverty program created for insurgency-hit areas

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

Nov 9, 2018

Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry, progress stalled

Nov 2, 2018

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and progress in alleviating hunger is stalling

Thai authorities to deport 70 Pakistani asylum seekers

Oct 11, 2018

Thai authorities have convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in Thailand despite their protestations that they face persecution if they are sent home

Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research

Sep 25, 2018

Thai police have handed over around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of seized marijuana to be used for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61

Sep 21, 2018

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died of a serious illness at age 61

Malaysia urged to ban child marriages as older man weds teen

Sep 19, 2018

Malaysia's government has come under renewed pressure to outlaw child marriages after another case of a child bride surfaced in a rural state, the second in two months

Refugee camp landslide in Thailand leaves 1 dead, 7 missing

Sep 17, 2018

A disaster response official says a landslide at a refugee camp in northern Thailand has left one person dead and seven missing.

Rights groups alarmed over Thai detention of asylum seekers

Aug 31, 2018

Human rights groups are alarmed at Thailand's detention of more than 160 asylum seekers from hill tribe ethnic minorities in Vietnam and Cambodia