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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 […]

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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-) […]

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Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park Under Siege From Illegal Vietnamese Loggers: Activist

Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park, which straddles Stung Treng and Rattanakiri provinces, is under siege from “hundreds of Vietnamese” illegally crossing the border to harvest timber, an environmental activist said Thursday. Activist Heng Sros told RFA’s Khmer Service that workers from Vietnam routinely enter Vireak Chey to log trees of at least 50 centimeters (1.6 […]

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US Embassy Staff Sacked Over Child Pornography Protest

PHNOM PENH — Dozens of Cambodian staff at the U.S. embassy in Cambodia staged a protest, claiming they were wrongfully fired for allegedly sharing child pornography. In April the U.S. embassy fired 32 staff who claim they were terminated because they were added to a private Facebook group in which one member shared child pornography. […]

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Thailand Executes First Prisoner Since 2009

Amnesty International is condemning Thailand’s first execution since 2009. The country’s Department of Correction says 26-year-old Theerasak Longj was put to death Monday by lethal injection at a prison outside of Bangkok. He was condemned for the brutal 2012 stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy for his cellphone. The agency issued a statement saying it […]

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China $100 Million Military Aid To Cambodia Amid Crackdown Raises Concerns

China and Cambodia announced on Tuesday that Beijing has pledged $100 million in military grants for training and equipment for the Cambodian military, a move one critic said would help Prime Minister Hun Sen resist international pressure over his crackdown on political opponents in an election year. Cambodian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Chhum Socheat unveiled […]

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Cambodia’s Judiciary Routinely Violates Fair Trial Rights: CCHR

Cambodia’s judiciary fails to comply with several fundamental fair trial rights, including the presumption of innocence and whether confessions are obtained under duress, a local NGO said Tuesday, in a report based its observance of a year of criminal cases at the country’s Court of Appeal in the capital Phnom Penh. In an annual report […]

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Cambodian Prince Hurt in Car Accident

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh was seriously injured, and his wife killed, in a car crash Sunday in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville, police said. Ranariddh’s sports utility vehicle was hit head on by a taxi driving in the opposite direction, said Chuon Narin,police chief of the province of Preah Sihanouk. […]

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China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests fuel anti-Chinese sentiment

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations […]