Human Welfare

Underage fighters are drawn into Indonesian conflict

Jun 23, 2019

The long-simmering conflict between Indonesia's military and Papuans seeking independence includes indigenous teenagers and boys who appear barely adolescent, highlighting how attempts to extinguish the movement have spawned a new generation of fighters

65 Rohingya Muslims found shipwrecked in southern Thailand

Jun 11, 2019

Thai officials say they have discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

Mar 28, 2019

United Nations human rights expert urges communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

Mar 21, 2019

Human rights group says Myanmar, China failing to stop the trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region into forced "marriages" to Chinese men

Flash floods, slides in eastern Indonesia kill at least 58

Mar 18, 2019

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 58 people and leaving thousands homeless

3 Philippine priests say they, Catholic bishops under threat

Mar 11, 2019

Three Philippine Catholic priests say they and some church leaders who are critical of the president's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs have received death threats

Ex-Muslim rebels now governing volatile Philippine region

Feb 27, 2019

Former Muslim guerrillas are now governing a poverty- and conflict-wracked Muslim autonomous region under a peace deal partly aimed at combating Islamic State group-aligned militants in the southern Philippines

Indonesia police admit using snake to terrorize Papuan man

Feb 11, 2019

Indonesian police have admitted officers terrorized a Papuan man with a live snake after a video of the incident showing the man screaming in fear and his interrogator laughing circulated online

Australia urges Thailand free refugee soccer player

Feb 4, 2019

Australia has urged Thailand to exercise its legal discretion to free a refugee soccer player after the Australian resident told a Bangkok court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain

Request made in Thai court to send soccer player to Bahrain

Feb 1, 2019

Thai prosecutors have submitted a request in court for Thailand to extradite to Bahrain a detained soccer player who has refugee status in Australia