Social Issues

Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Apr 21, 2018

A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued off Indonesia in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nearly nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Apr 21, 2018

Indonesian fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea

Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

Apr 20, 2018

Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has publicly caned unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution

Japan finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation

Apr 19, 2018

Japan's vice finance minister has denied sexual misconduct allegations against him and challenged a TV station's report that its employee was a victim

2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

Apr 19, 2018

Leaders in the Kachin ethnic community say 2,000 civilians are trapped in the jungle after fleeing clashes between Myanmar's army and Kachin guerrillas and need urgent medical attention

Japan finance official quits over alleged sexual misconduct

Apr 19, 2018

Japan's vice finance minister resigned over sexual harassment allegations in the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government

US could sanction Chinese officials over Xinjiang abuses

Apr 18, 2018

A U.S. official says the United States would pursue sanctions on Chinese officials involved in a security crackdown in the region of Xinjiang if they were deemed appropriate for designation under a new law targeting human rights offenders

China's Weibo site backtracks on gay censorship after outcry

Apr 17, 2018

One of China's top social networking sites has announced that it will no longer be "cleaning up" content related to homosexuality following strong online opposition to the plan

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

Apr 16, 2018

The American family of a prominent Chinese Christian pastor is asking for leniency after he was sentenced to prison for missionary work as the atheist ruling Communist Party exerts greater control over believers

Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Apr 15, 2018

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it is not yet safe for them to return home

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