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May 21, 2015 1 Comment

Rohingya will not be saved by the new ‘no push-back’ policy


Yesterday afternoon the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia marched into a conference hall with an important message. They told the world they were prepared to reverse their controversial policy of “pushing back” the boats on the Andaman Sea.

For activists and NGOs, worried about an estimated 6,000 to 15,000 migrants now thought to be adrift, it felt like a pretty significant moment – and it was made sweeter this morning when the government of Thailand said it too, was prepared to follow suit.

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May 20, 2015 No Comments

Nightmare at sea ends for the ‘green boat’ migrants

The mystery of the ‘green boat’ was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Fears for remote areas of Nepal after more earthquakes

Thousands run out on to the streets of Kathmandu as another deadly earthquake rocks Nepal.

May 5, 2015 No Comments

Trafficking death camp in Thailand may be tip of the iceberg

Four days ago a camp was found on the Thai-Malaysia border containing the graves of dozens of would-be migrants – and some believe there may be at least 60 more such camps.

May 1, 2015 No Comments

Shocking discovery of Rohingya graves on Thai-Malaysia border

The discovery on the Thai border of around 50 bodies, thought to be members of the marginalised Rohingya community, underlines the brutal nature of the trade in humans.

April 29, 2015 1 Comment

Indonesia’s executions: a weak president acting tough

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers by Malaysia is a demonstration of the underlying weakness of the country’s President.

April 28, 2015 1 Comment

Indonesia deaf to pleas to spare death row drugs convicts

The pending executions of nine Indonesian and foreign nationals on drug offences have strained the country’s relations with the international community and, in particular, Australia.

April 6, 2015 No Comments

A ‘revolutionary wedding’ amidst Burma’s student crackdown

Ko Htet and his wife Su Yee Win are lovers in a dangerous time, which happens to be an entirely unexpected feature of their new life as a married couple.

March 18, 2015 3 Comments

Politics of fear prolong the reign of King Bibi in Israel

After a surprisingly clear victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud party supporters are celebrating the continued rule of “King Bibi”.

March 5, 2015 No Comments

Emwazi family ‘proves innocence’ over Jihadi John claims

The Emwazi family lawyer tells Channel 4 News that his client has absolutely nothing to hide after being accused of “collaborating” with his son Mohammed.