12:35 pm May 29, 2015 | No Comment
Wang Kelian, Malaysia. Hassan Ismail wasn’t surprised when authorities found abandoned jungle camps near his village in northern Malaysia last week where 139 suspected human trafficking victims could be buried. For the past three years, he said, small groups of sickly, rake-thin men regularly turned up to beg for food at his mosque in Wang […]
11:43 am May 29, 2015 | No Comment
Malaysia has invited the leaders of Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar for an emergency summit on the “boat people” crisis in Southeast Asia, a Malaysian foreign ministry said on Friday.
9:13 pm May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment
By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action.
3:36 pm May 28, 2015 | No Comment
Bangkok. Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office during a 2008 rally — and then released on bail to allow for appeals. Thousands of “yellow shirt” protesters from the royalist People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) held protracted rallies in 2006 that […]
9:48 am May 27, 2015 | 1 Comment
Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, on Tuesday began pulling out bodies from shallow graves found in abandoned jungle camps where an inter-governmental body said hundreds of victims of human traffickers may be buried.
9:36 am May 27, 2015 | 4 Comments
The promise of a salary five times what she could make at home prompted Nabila to leave Indonesia and her family for a job as a domestic worker in Singapore.
12:30 pm May 26, 2015 | No Comment
Malaysian police believe at least two of the jungle camps where they have found nearly 140 graves of suspected human trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two to three weeks, around the time that Thailand launched a crackdown on people smugglers.
8:16 am May 26, 2015 | No Comment
Asia is home to 41 percent of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide, most of them women who enjoy few rights, work excessively long days and earn far below the minimum wage, rights groups say.
7:49 am May 26, 2015 | No Comment
Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain.
1:45 pm May 25, 2015 | No Comment
Malaysia has uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspected human trafficking camps near the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday.
2:35 pm May 24, 2015 | 4 Comments
Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister said on Sunday.
1:12 pm May 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
At least eight Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were among some 200 migrants rescued from a trafficking boat by the Myanmar navy on Thursday, according to interviews conducted by Reuters, contradicting official accounts that all onboard were from Bangladesh.
11:06 pm May 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
The head of the Myanmar state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing has denied that persecution prompted the exodus, after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes.
10:55 pm May 22, 2015 | 2 Comments
Resettling asylum seekers who are among the thousands of boatpeople in temporary shelters in Indonesia and Malaysia will prove "extremely difficult" due to the mounting refugee crises around the world, a United Nations official says.
9:01 pm May 22, 2015 | No Comment
Thai authorities detained 20 student activists protesting against military rule on Friday, a year after the army seized power from an elected government.