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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 […]

Asian News

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 […]

Lao News

Lao Families Fear Getting Cheated by Developers of New SEZ in Champasak Province

Nearly 150 families in six villages in Khong district of southwestern Laos’ Champasak province say they do not want to give up their homes and land to a special economic zone planned for their area and that they fear that project developers will not compensate them fairly. The first phase of the Mahanathy Siphandone special […]

Lao News

Laos faces structural issues despite robust expansion

LAOS IS STILL grappling with several challenges and pending issues impeding macroeconomic development despite robust expansion of the country’s economy when compared to regional peers. Macroeconomic instability remains a worry even though Laos’s economic growth rate has been relatively high compared to that of other Asean countries. The growth rate is still vulnerable and unsustainable […]

Human Rights

Cambodia’s Jailed Opposition Chief Awarded Rights Prize in Absentia

South Korean rights group the National Council of Churches (NCC) on Friday awarded its Asian Human Rights Peace Prize to the jailed president of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha, citing his devotion to democracy and human rights in the country. In a ceremony in the South Korean city of Gwangju, […]

Human Rights

Chinese Military Veterans Converge on Zhenjiang as Protests Swell

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu on Friday struggled to contain growing protests by at least 1,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans enraged at the beating of a fellow veteran earlier this week. Hundreds of former armed forces personnel clad in military-style clothing gathered on a major road in Jiangsu’s Zhenjiang city, shouting […]