6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

May 12, 2015

6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With ...

Indonesia rescues 1,000 migrants from boats drifiting without fuel

May 11, 2015

Indonesia rescues 1,000 migrants from boats drifiting without fuel

Around 1,000 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued from wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province on Sunday and Monday, authorities said.  On Sunday, two overcrowded boats carrying 573 people, including nearly 100 women and dozens of children, were ...

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

May 5, 2015

Indonesia imposes Middle East maids ban after Saudi executions

Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta. The ban affects countries including Saudi Arabia — a major destination for Indonesian maids — the ...

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

Apr 29, 2015

Philippines hails 'miracle' reprieve for Filipina on death row

The last-minute reprieve for a Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia sparked an outpouring of euphoria and disbelief on Wednesday, with crowds of supporters weeping with joy and her children crying “Mama will live!” Mary Jane Veloso’s family said their prayers had been ...