Human Welfare

AP PHOTOS: Refugees and their most precious possessions

Mar 16, 2017

AP PHOTOS: Refugees from Myanmar hoping for a future in America own very little and will bring even less, but everyone has at least one precious item that they plan to bring to the place they call their "fatherland"

Groups urge Thai action against torture, disappearances

Mar 14, 2017

Rights groups are urging Thailand's government to enact legislation banning torture and forced disappearances as its human rights record comes under United Nations review

Thai military drops defamation case over torture report

Mar 7, 2017

Thailand's military has withdrawn criminal complaints against three human rights activists who issued a report alleging torture by security forces in the country's insurgency-plagued south, a decision welcomed by rights groups

Rights group says Thai prisons fall short of world standards

Feb 28, 2017

An international human rights group says that Thailand's prisons fail to meet international standards, with inmates routinely shackled, stuffed into overcrowded cells and forced to work in harsh conditions

4 richest Indonesians wealthier than poorest 100 million

Feb 23, 2017

A report on inequality in Indonesia says its four richest men now have more wealth than 100 million of the country's poorest people

Refugees in Indonesia protest slow UN resettlement process

Feb 6, 2017

Asylum seekers in Indonesia have staged a protest in the capital urging the U.N. refugee agency to speed up the process of resettling them in third countries

Trump policy dims hope for refugees in Indonesian limbo

Feb 1, 2017

For thousands of asylum seekers and refugees from Iraq, Somalia and other conflict-scarred countries, Indonesia is an often yearslong hiatus in their lives as they wait for the U.S. or another country to accept them

Thailand separates LGBT inmates, considers segregated prison

Jan 29, 2017

Thailand, long considered a favorite gay destination, is making headways in how it treats its LGBT inmates

OIC hopes to send team to Myanmar to study Rohingya's plight

Jan 19, 2017

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation plans to send a high-level delegation to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state to assess the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Malaysia said Thursday

Malaysia says OIC will push Myanmar to halt Rohingya crisis

Jan 18, 2017

Malaysia's foreign minister says the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is expected to call for a halt to violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority and for the safe return of refugees