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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.
More than 50 activists gathered in front of the U.S embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, March 17 to request the intervention of First Lady Michelle Obama to press Cambodian authorities to release 11 jailed land rights defenders. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service
Police in Myanmar beat students, monks and journalists, and detained more than 100 people in Bago region’s Letpadan while dispersing demonstrators who had protested for more than a week against a controversial education law, March 10, 2015.
Myanmar students and their supporters stage a sit in on the street in front of the Aung Myay Baik Mann Monastery in Letpadan on March 3, protesting a decision by the government not to allow them to march the remaining 140 kms (85 miles) to the commercial capital Yangon. Photos: RFA Yangon
About 300 Uyghurs from China's restive Xinjiang region are being held in several detention centers in Thailand since they began arriving more than a year ago. Some of them, claiming they had fled repression in their homeland, have been living in deplorable conditions in the centers, resulting in illnesses and deaths, according to eyewitnesses. RFA received photos taken by a listener in December showing conditions in some of the centers.
Villagers refusing to leave their homes for the expansion of the Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar remained in a tense standoff with security forces for a second straight day Tuesday, with two reported wounded. These photos were taken at Tone village on Dec. 23. Photos: RFA
After a court ruling, Hong Kong police move in to remove the Umbrella Movement’s last remaining protesters.
More than a month into the demonstrations that have at times paralyzed parts of the city of Hong Kong, signs of support for the students asking for the right to elect their leaders are still visible in several areas of the territory. Photos: RFA
Police take pro-democracy protesters by surprise and dismantle barricades blocking traffic after chief executive CY Leung calls the Occupy demonstrations “out of control.”
On day seven of students demonstrations, the mood turns to exhaustion but also to pride.
Before Oct. 3, the protests were peaceful if somewhat disorganized. But what the protesters lacked in organization they made up for in creativity.
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
The retired King's ashes are borne throughout the city accompanied by thousands of monks, government officials, students and villagers in an elaborate and traditional ceremony.