Thailand sets up naval task force to help Rohingya migrants

Thailand has set up a task force on a floating naval base equipped with medical facilities to help Rohingya Muslim migrants found adrift in Thai waters, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-Ocha said today.

Migrant crisis: Malaysian PM ''deeply concerned'' over mass graves discovery

 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.

'No human trafficking camps left in Thailand's south'

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.

Malaysia home minister says mass graves found: Report

Malaysia`s home minister has announced that mass graves have been found in the country`s north near detention camps run by human traffickers, a report said Sunday.

Mass graves, detention camps of suspected migrants discovered in Malaysia
Mass graves, detention camps of suspected migrants discovered in Malaysia

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.

Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else

Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."

Saving migrant lives at sea `top priority`

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

Detained Thai students 'merely invited for talks': Police

Dozens of Thai students who were dragged away and held overnight by police after they staged an anti-coup protest in Bangkok Friday evening were "merely invited for talks", a senior police officer said Saturday.

Arrests after anti-junta protests on coup anniversary

Police arrested several anti-junta activists Friday for small protests marking a year since Thailand`s generals seized power from the elected government, as the defiant junta leader said the country "may have collapsed" without his intervention.

Thailand again says election could be delayed

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday a general election will take place in the Southeast Asian country in April or May 2016 - but could be delayed by three months if a referendum takes place.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

Small groups of anti-junta activists have vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand`s generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military.

A year after Thai coup, stability trumps growth for business

When Thailand`s Army seized power in a bloodless coup, much of the business establishment quietly cheered them on. A year on, the captains of Thai industry remain firmly behind the junta, despite a lacklustre economy and a delayed return to democracy.

Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats
Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday he had ordered the Malaysian Navy and coastguard to conduct search and rescue operations for boats carrying stricken migrants including ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.

UN welcomes Malaysia, Indonesia pledge on migrants

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday welcomed a promise by Malaysia and Indonesia to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants adrift at sea and called for them to be brought to shore immediately.

Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law

When Natnicha`s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand`s monarchy under the country`s lese majeste laws, she didn`t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society -- joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ago.

Myanmar says `ready to provide humanitarian help to boat migrants`

Myanmar said Wednesday it was "ready to provide humanitarian assistance" to boatpeople, in its most conciliatory comments yet as several Southeast Asian neighbours meet to discuss the boat crisis gripping the region.

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

 Thailand`s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

UN urges southeast Asian nations to let migrants reach land

 United Nations agencies urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Tuesday to step up sea rescue operations and stop preventing thousands of desperate migrants from reaching land.

Thai junta delays polls, raising questions about return to democracy
Thai junta delays polls, raising questions about return to democracy

Thailand`s junta delayed a general election by at least six months on Tuesday, hours after former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from travelling overseas, raising questions about a promised return to democracy.

Former Thai PM banned from travelling abroad at start of trial

  Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from travelling overseas on Tuesday at the start of her trial on negligence charges, the latest in a slew of cases her supporters say are part of an attempt to tighten the junta`s grip on power.