Regional


Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday called for a three-way meeting with neighbours Malaysia and Myanmar to try to resolve a regional human trafficking crisis following the discovery of a mass grave in the country’s far south.
(more…)

A crackdown on human trafficking networks in Thailand is putting migrants fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh at more risk as smugglers hold their captives for longer at sea and hide deeper in the jungle, say activists and officials.
(more…)

Thailand’s junta chief has given a ten-day deadline for the elimination of all illegal detention camps of smuggled migrants across the country’s 76 provinces after the discovery of two abandoned sites complete with graves and bodies, amid emerging evidence of widespread corruption.
(more…)

Authorities in Thailand have dug up the bodies of six apparent Rohingya migrants from Myanmar not far from a mass grave found at the weekend, the military said on Wednesday, and U.N. officials called for a regional effort to end human trafficking.
(more…)

A Myanmar delegation in search of formerly enslaved fishermen stranded on far-flung Indonesian islands has confirmed that just over 500 Myanmar men have been identified for repatriation.
(more…)

Thai police arrested three local officials and a Myanmar national that they allege were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were dug up from shallow graves last week in southern Thailand.
(more…)

When Thai police discovered human remains in shallow graves at a make-shift camp just a handful of kilometres from the Malaysian border, “they only scratched the surface” of a much larger operation, according to migrant rights activists.
(more…)

Police found dozens of shallow graves, a corpse and an ailing survivor Friday at an abandoned jungle camp in an area of southern Thailand that is regularly used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims, as well as Bangladeshis and other migrants, to third countries.
(more…)

China has again accused Myanmar’s armed forces of allowing their fight with the Kokang armed rebel group to spill over into Chinese territory.
(more…)

Residents of Madae Island in Arakan State have criticized Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), claiming that regional development assistance promised to local communities has been prematurely halted.
(more…)

A Western diplomat said recently that there are two cancers eating away at Myanmar society – one is the ethnic war and the other is religion-based violence. When the disturbances began, I knew it was unconscionable to let it happen, and became part of the not-toolarge number of people addressing it. I have spoken out when others did not because I have long been disturbed by communal violence in Myanmar.
(more…)

The trial of two Burmese migrants accused of murdering a pair of British tourists is set to resume on 30 April on the island of Koh Samui in southern Thailand.
(more…)

Already a $2 billion industry, Southeast Asia’s deadly human smuggling trade stands to grow even larger under the enhanced transportation and increasingly porous borders of an integrated ASEAN, according to a new report by the UN.
(more…)

China repeated demands on Tuesday for Myanmar to take steps to prevent fighting with rebels from spilling over the border after more shells fell on Chinese territory during counter-insurgency operations. (more…)

Malaysian chemical products distributor Samchem Holdings Bhd is looking to expand into Myanmar and Laos within the next three to five years to complete its presence within the Indo-China region, reports the Sun Daily on April 27, 2015.
(more…)

Representatives of the ASEAN People’s Forum have expressed concerns over a rash of problems in the Southeast Asian region that seriously inhibit their dreams of society becoming “people centred.” (more…)

Militants operating in India’s northeastern state of Assam, and based over the border in Myanmar, are seeking to combine forces under one umbrella, posing a new threat to Indian rule, reports The Times of India on April 25. (more…)

Myanmar soldiers are reported to have encroached on a three-square kilometre area in Ukhrul district of India’s Manipur State, 10 months after their troops occupied a portion of Indian territory along the Moreh sector of Chandel district, reports The Times of India on April 24.
(more…)

Sembcorp Utilities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, has been given the Notice of Award to develop and operate the largest gas-fired independent power plant in Myanmar, reports Channel News Asia on April 24.
(more…)

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Thura U Shwe Mann, chairman of Myanmar’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, in Beijing on Monday, vowing to facilitate stronger cooperation between the two countries and ruling parties, according to the Chinese news service ECNS.com on April 27. (more…)

« Previous PageNext Page »