Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead
Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

 Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.

Japan offers $3.5 million to help Rohingya

Japan on Saturday offered a USD 3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination.

Myanmar returns rescued migrants to Bangladesh

Thirty-seven Bangladeshi migrants rescued from a boat at sea by Myanmar authorities were handed over to Bangladesh authorities on Friday.

Indonesia believes Australia pays people smugglers to turn back boats

Indonesia insisted Friday it believed Australia paid a boatload of asylum seekers to turn back from its shores after Canberra had repeatedly refused demands for a clarification on the issue, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries.

Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments
Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments

Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia, with Jakarta and the United Nations also expressing serious concern.

Amnesty condemns `shameful` world response to refugee crisis

Rights group Amnesty International on Monday slammed world leaders for "condemning millions of refugees to an unbearable existence" and demanded they work closely to resolve the "worst crisis" since WWII.

Indonesia to probe claims Australia paid boat to turn back

Jakarta vowed Thursday to investigate allegations Australian authorities paid thousands of dollars for a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers to return to Indonesia, as police said an Australian official had questioned the migrants.

Human trafficking cases double in Myanmar

Cases of human trafficking have doubled in Myanmar over the first five months of this year as compared to 2014, an official report said on Monday.

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from Rakhine

Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves.

Pakistan PM forms cabinet committee on Rohingya relief efforts

 Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a federal cabinet committee to suggest measures and relief efforts that Islamabad can undertake for Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar says majority of 700 migrants found on boat are Bangladeshi

 Myanmar officials on Thursday said most of the 700 migrants found adrift on a boat in its waters a week ago identified themselves as Bangladeshi, after they were driven to a camp near the border.

Cambodia admits first asylum-seekers under Australia deal: Official

 Cambodia received its first batch of asylum seekers from Australian custody Thursday as part of a widely-criticised deal between the two countries.

Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on

More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again.

Myanmar escorting boatload of 700 migrants to Rakhine state

Myanmar`s navy on Tuesday escorted a boatload of more than 700 migrants towards its western state of Rakhine, authorities said, five days after it was found adrift in the Bay of Bengal.

Obama says Myanmar needs to end discrimination of Rohingya to succeed

President Barack Obama said on Monday that Myanmar needs to take seriously the issue of how it treats the Rohingya people if it wants to be successful in its transition to a democracy.

Australia turns back asylum-seeker boat: Indonesia

Scores of asylum-seekers have come ashore in eastern Indonesia after their boat was intercepted by the Australian navy and pushed into Indonesian waters as they headed for New Zealand, police said Monday.

Migrant boat still being held off Myanmar coast: Government

More than 700 migrants found packed aboard an overcrowded boat in the Andaman Sea were still being held offshore by Myanmar`s navy on Monday, more than three days after the converted fishing vessel was intercepted off the country`s coast.

Myanmar lands seized migrant boat on island

 A boat packed with more than 700 "boat people" seized off Myanmar`s coast was stopped on a small island on Saturday, as officials gave mixed signals about its final destination.

Bangladeshi couple spot abducted son in press photo of boat migrants

A Bangladeshi couple say they have spotted the son they had long given up for dead, emaciated but still alive, in an Indonesian camp for boat migrants shown in a newspaper photograph. 

Migrants on road to recovery after ordeal at sea

Images of the starving, desperate migrants pleading for help from their green wooden boat off Thailand caused shockwaves and focused global attention on Asia`s human-trafficking crisis.