Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to address the "root causes" of a migrant exodus from their shores at talks in Bangkok Friday, but critics pilloried a deal that failed to mention the Rohingya minority at the heart of the crisis.
The UN today called for a "comprehensive response" to the large scale humanitarian crisis of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar, of which nearly 2,000 are still believed to be stranded in the perilous sea across the Bay of Bengal.
Malaysia barred a veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker from entering the country Friday branding him a "troublemaker", days after student leader Joshua Wong was denied entry over fears he would threaten ties with China.
Delegates from 17 nations gathered in Thailand Friday for talks on Southeast Asia`s migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia.
Representatives from 17 nations will gather in Thailand Friday for talks on Southeast Asia`s migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Malaysian Police on Thursday removed the remains of nine people from jungle camps near the Thai border where an estimated 139 bodies are believed to have been buried in a still unfolding people-smuggling crisis in Southeast Asia.
In the aftermath of discovery of 139 mass graves in the country's north, Malaysia has detained 12 policemen on the suspicion of being complicit in human trafficking, Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said.
Horrifying details have emerged about the treatment meted out to the migrants who were kept as captives in Malaysia's abandoned jungle camps and left to die and buried in 139 mass graves if ransom was not paid.
Malaysian immigration authorities on Tuesday denied entry to Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong, who had been invited to the Southeast Asian nation to participate in academic talks on democracy in China and last year`s protests in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was Tuesday refused admission to Malaysia, where he planned to speak about the city`s pro-democracy movement and the anniversary of China`s Tiananmen Square massacre.
Malaysian nationals with a student status in Syria need not fear jail terms upon returning if they were not involved with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Monday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said he was "deeply concerned" by the discovery of mass graves of at least 100 suspected Rohingya migrants in the border town of Padang Besar and vowed to find those responsible.
Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border.