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Vietnam Upholds Jail Terms For Three Rights Campaigners Convicted of ‘Anti-State Propaganda’

A court in Vietnam on Tuesday upheld jail terms for three human rights campaigners convicted on charges of conducting anti-state activities after producing and distributing videos which were critical of the country’s ruling Communist party and its leaders. Vu Quang Thuan, Nguyen Van Dien and Tran Hoang Phuc were convicted in a one-day trial at […]

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China Accused of Hacking Cambodian Government Institutions

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Cyberattackers have been caught hacking key Cambodian government institutions in what is strongly believed to be a coordinated Chinese government attack ahead of elections set for this month, a U.S. cybersecurity firm has alleged. Cambodia’s National Election Committee, Senate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, and Ministry of Economy and […]

Lao News

US suspends visas from Myanmar, Laos following refusal to take back deported citizens

The Trump administration has suspended the issuing of visas to citizens of the Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar and Laos, following both governments’ refusal to take back citizens who had been ordered deported from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday afternoon it had ordered the State Department to sanction visas for Myanmar […]

Human Rights

A democratic revolution has just begun in Vietnam.

Massive but orderly protests across the country hint at the beginning of the end of Communist Party rule “You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.” —Huey Newton, American activist and communist revolutionary On June 7, a group of about 300 ordinary Vietnamese in Phan Ri Cua City of Binh Thuan province […]

Asian News

Vietnamese Petitioner Sets Himself on Fire Outside Government Office

A Vietnamese man frustrated by the outcome of a court case set himself ablaze in a protest Monday morning outside a government inspection office in the capital Hanoi, state media and witnesses at the scene said. Bui Huu Tuan, aged about 57 and a resident of Hop Dong village in the Chuong My district outside […]

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Jailed Vietnamese Activist Vows to Stay in the Country to Work For Change

A Vietnamese activist jailed in 2010 for writing online articles criticizing government policies has pledged not to go into exile abroad, saying he would rather stay in Vietnam to continue his fight for democracy and human rights, his family says. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, 52, was convicted on charges of plotting to overthrow the government […]

Human Rights

North Koreans Head to the Hills to Avoid Forced Labor, Contributions to Regime

An increasing number of poor urban North Koreans are abandoning their homes and moving to remote mountains to avoid forced mass mobilizations and mandatory contributions to the regime of leader Kim Jong Un, sources inside the country said. “There is an increasing number of people who have recently abandoned their homes and are living deep […]

Asian News

Rescuers Clear Hurdle in Cave Search for Missing Thai boys

MAE SAI, THAILAND — Rescue divers cleared a key hurdle Sunday in the increasingly desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing in a cave in northern Thailand more than a week ago, officials said. A team led by Thai navy SEAL divers pushed through the murk of a kilometer- (half-mile-) […]

Human Rights

HRW Calls for Sanctions on Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

PHNOM PENH – A new report by the international rights group Human Rights Watch links two of Cambodia’s highest military figures contesting seats in next month’s legislative election to murders, tortures, rapes, kidnappings and land grabbing. The report, titled “Cambodia’s Dirty Dozen,” documents the past of 12 senior military and police leaders who form what […]

World News

China to Militarize Coast Guard amid Maritime Rivalry from US, Southeast Asia

TAIPEI — Beijing is placing its coast guard under military command to warn foreign nations, including the United States, against interfering with its control over the disputed South China Sea, experts say. This change, effective July 1, follows the passage of U.S. navy vessels through the sea seven times since U.S. President Donald Trump took […]