At least 17 City Hall security guards and about a dozen supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) are injured during a clash between CNRP supporters and security guards on July 15. Four CNRP lawmakers are later detained at the Phnom Penh Municipality Police headquarters. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service
In Cambodia, even a call to protect the environment is perceived as a political threat. Forest activists and NGOs were banned from marching in Phnom Penh on the United Nations’ World Environment Day, June 5th. Photos: RFA/Khmer service
More than 180,000 people gathered in downtown Hong Kong on Wednesday for a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who died 25 years ago when People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops brought a bloody end to weeks of student-led mass democracy protests on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Photos: RFA/Cantonese service
For Myanmar residents living on the other side of the river from Yangon, getting enough water to drink is a challenge to which the government so far has only offered promises.
Political opposition to the Hun Sen regime in Cambodia registered significant gains in provincial, municipal, and district council elections on May 18. Official results are not due until the end of the month but opposition leader Sam Rainsy claimed a "great success." Photo: Vohar Cheath/RFA Khmer
About 1,000 people marched Sunday in Vietnam’s commercial capital Ho Chi Minh City, protesting outside the Chinese consulate, while hundreds gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in the capital Hanoi, calling on Beijing to withdraw the giant rig positioned near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
For the second time, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court has put off the trial of 23 activists and factory workers arrested in January following labor protests that rattled Prime Minister Hun Sen's government. Following a five-hour hearing on May 6, the presiding judge ruled that the trial would be adjourned for two weeks, citing a need for further review of evidence.
A May 2-16 campaign for local elections, to be held May 18, took off over the weekend in Cambodia in spite of heavy police and military presence, and a ban on public gathering. On May 4, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) walked, biked and drove with blaring loud speakers in the eastern province of Kratie, as well as in the capital Phnom Penh, to campaign for municipal, provincial, city and district council seats.
Cambodian authorities have rejected a request from 20 unions to assemble in Phnom Penh. The unions wanted to celebrate International Labor Day at Freedom Park on May 1. The park has become a symbol of political protests and has been kept off-limits to gatherings since the beginning of the year. Photos: Mom Sophon/RFA Khmer Service.
Held as "a critical step in its development process," Myanmar launched its first census in three decades on March 30th. The process was due to end on April 10 but was extended indefinitely although 10 million households had been covered out of 11 million. The population is estimated to have doubled to 60 million people since the last census.
Laos undertakes construction of a controversial 260-megawatt dam on the Mekong River, pledging transparency and benefits to the local population. In March, our reporters went to check on the site. Photo: RFA Khmer Service
On Wed., April 2, over a hundred Tibetans living in Gansu province staged a protest demanding proper compensation for land seized and calling for "equal rights." Photo: RFA Tibetan
Cambodian riot police on Monday, March 31, crushed a protest by Beehive Radio supporters demanding a television channel license for the station. Photo: RFA Khmer Service
On March 26, a massive fire destroyed the largest market in the Lao capital Vientiane, a lively all-day place for buying food and other wares called Thong Khan Kham market. No casualties were reported.
Fear is back in Myanmar that construction of the Myitsone Dam, suspended by president Thein Sein in 2011, will resume after the 2015 general elections. On March 14, hundreds of villagers and environmentalists demonstrated at the entrance of the project site. A protest march was expected to start from Yangon on March 22. The 6,000-megawatt dam would provide electricity to Yunnan Province in neighboring China and is to be financed by the China Power Investment (CPI) Corporation. Photos: RFA Myanmar Service
Chinese security forces conducted large-scale exercises in Tibet as Tibetans around the world marked the anniversary of a failed March 10, 1959 national uprising against Beijing’s rule.
Their ancestors originally came from Vietnam. With permission from the Cambodian government, they settled in floating houses on the Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap in North Western Cambodia. But today, these settlers on the water are blamed for the pollution that chokes this famed stretch of the Mekong River. Photo: RFA Khmer