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.
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.