Human Welfare

Thailand commits to policy of not detaining migrant children

Jan 21, 2019

Advocates for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers are lauding a commitment by Thailand to release children held in its immigration detention centers

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

Jan 12, 2019

A Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse by her family has left Bangkok for asylum in Canada

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

Jan 9, 2019

A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, has moved a step closer to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom

Dec 26, 2018

Thailand will soon allow the licensed medical use of marijuana and a local plant, kratom, traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller

The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless

Dec 25, 2018

The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured

Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429

Dec 25, 2018

Traumatized Indonesian tsunami survivors jittery amid false alarms, deaths top 420 and thousands remain homeless

Indonesia's disaster agency says death toll from tsunami exceeds 420 with thousands of people left homeless

Dec 25, 2018

Indonesia's disaster agency says death toll from tsunami exceeds 420 with thousands of people left homeless

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