Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament went into session on Feb. 1, but challenges remain following decades of repressive military rule. Here are five areas where progress should be measured:
Due to low market prices for their harvested salt, the owners of small sea salt farms in Cambodia now find themselves unable to pay back loans taken out from their banks. And this is forcing them to sell their fields to larger firms. Photos by Yang Chandara/RFA. Translated by Pagnawath Khun
In 2011, President Thein Sein’s government persuaded 16 major nonstate armed groups to come together for peace negotiations, but only eight of those groups signed a cease-fire agreement last October. Fighting flared up again in numerous hot spots in late 2015.
Wednesday Dec. 12, 2015 marked 40 years since the communist Pathet Lao took control of the country, a former French colony and six-century-old monarchy, and set up a socialist regime closely aligned to neighboring Vietnam.
Some 30 million voters headed to the polls on Nov 8 in elections are seen as a test whether the military's grip on power will loosen, allowing the country to transition toward greater democracy. Myanmar was ruled by a junta for 50 years until 2011, and then for five years by a quasi-civilian government comprising former generals. Photos: RFA/ Myanmar Service
Clashes between government troops and ethnic armies have forced tens of thousands of villagers to flee their homes and injured in some casualties among government soldiers and rebel troops. Photos: RFA/Kan Tar
The Myanmar government army has been attacked the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and its militant arm, the Shan State Army-North, that began on Oct. 6 and intensified over the past week. Photos: RFA/Kan Tar
Successful, free and fair elections on Nov. 8 will show whether democratic reforms gradually introduced since 2011 are on track.
Two lawmakers from the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) were beaten outside Cambodia's parliament on Monday Oct 26, during a demonstration in support of the ruling party.
Thousands of Myanmar's nationalist monks and their supporters prayed, clapped and held speeches at a large rally in Yangon, Sunday, October 4, 2015, in a show of the growing clout of hard-line Buddhists ahead of a Nov. 8 election. Photos: RFA/Aung Thein & Htet Arkar
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From Los Angeles to Dharamsala, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal, thousands of Tibetans celebrated their religious leader's 80th birthday.
From his exile in India and in his travels around the world, the Dalai Lama has called for nonviolence, peace, and religious harmony.
Thousands of residents of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, suffer from respiratory problems due to construction work on Monireth Blvd road, with part of Chamkar Mon district covered in dust and its roads flooded. Photos: RFA/ Khmer Service
Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos began celebrating their annual days-long water festival, known as Thingyan in Burmese, on Monday April 13, marking the new year according to the traditional lunar calendar.
Cambodia is staging a Songkran event in Siem Reap province, best known as the home of the ancient temple complex at Angkor Wat. The April 13-16 event celebrates the traditional New Year. Siem Reap will ring in the Year of the Goat with a giant traditional cake and displays of traditional fishing gear. Photos: RFA/Khmer service
Military authorities and local villagers burn down several houses and forcefully evict people from their land in Chhloang district, Kratie province. Photos were taken on April 8 and 9, 2015 by RFA/Prach Chev.
Laos has built a Chinatown market in Bokeo province near the lawless Golden Triangle in a bid to draw more trade and tourism to an area that already hosts a casino catering to Chinese clientele. Photos were taken on March 2015, by RFA.