Asian News

15 Killed In Deadliest Attack To Hit Thailand’s Restive South In Years

Gunmen opened fire on security forces and civilian volunteers at a checkpoint in Thailand’s restive south on Tuesday night, killing at least 15 people in what is believed to be the deadliest single attack in the region in years. More than 7,000 people have been killed since a separatist rebellion started in southern Thailand in […]

Human Rights

China Named Worst Abuser of Internet Freedom in Freedom House Report

China has been the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year, while Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia were not far behind, according to a Freedom House report published Tuesday. In Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media, the Washington-based independent watchdog organization evaluated 65 countries between June 2018 and […]

World News

Save the Mekong Coalition Urges Cancellation of Laos’ Proposed Fifth Large Mekong River Dam

A coalition of NGOs called for the cancellation of a project to build what would be Laos’ fifth large Mekong river dam Tuesday, citing the disastrous effects that existing dams have had on the region’s ability to cope with environmental crises. The planned Luang Prabang Dam would drastically worsen the impacts of climate change, which […]

Lao News

Lao Dam Break Survivors Still Face Hardships in Temporary Shelters

Lao villagers displaced by flooding from a dam breach last year are facing hardships in temporary resettlement areas, with clean water hard to find and toilets unusable, and some are moving back to their former land to make a living, Lao sources say. On July 23, 2018 water poured over a saddle dam at the […]

Human Rights

Group of Four Lao Young Women Trafficked to China Rescued, Separate Group of Four Remain Missing after Three Years

Authorities in Laos’ southwestern Champassak province have rescued four young Lao women and girls who were trafficked to China, while another group of four females from another part of the country remain missing, sources told RFA’s Lao Service recently. The teenagers and young women, now aged 16 to 21, were rescued in August. Several years […]