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
More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12. They had fled ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives.
About 200 villagers from Stung Treng province affected by a Chinese hydrodam protest on Friday, Feb. 28. Villagers asked the government to halt the project and forced evictions. Photo: RFA Khmer
The Red Cross Society of China has provided its first-ever humanitarian assistance to ethnic Kachin refugees in neighboring Myanmar, sending more than U.S. $816,000 in food and medicine to families displaced by fighting between the Myanmar military and ethnic rebels. The organization handed over the aid kits to its Myanmar counterpart at a ceremony in the border town of Kampaiti in Kachin state on Feb. 22, 2014. Photo: RFA Myanmar
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader meets with President Obama and speaks to a policy research group and Washington-area Tibetans.
On the evening of Feb. 18, an embankment on the Mekong River in Kandal province’s Preah Prasop commune collapsed suddenly, taking a home and three people with it. The following day, villagers who gathered to survey the damage said that illegal sand dredging had caused the cave-in. Photos: RFA Khmer Service
Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan arrest dozens and shut down 12 entertainment venues on Feb. 9 in a massive crackdown on the city’s thriving sex industry. Photos: AFP
Phnom Penh is littered with trash after sanitation workers walk off the job on Feb. 2, demanding better pay and benefits.
On Jan. 27, authorities in Phnom Penh engaged with hundreds of supporters of Mam Sonando’s Beehive Radio as they protested in front of the Ministry of Information over the government’s refusal to allow the station to increase its signal strength and obtain a television broadcast license. At least seven protesters were injured as police fired tear gas into the crowd and advanced with truncheons and riot shields. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's disgraced mentor, Jang Song Thaek, has been deleted from all official photos and videos after his purge and execution on Dec. 12, 2013. In its broadcast on Dec. 7, the state-run Chosun Central TV airbrushed out the images of Jang, who had been seen near Kim in a previous broadcast on Oct. 28. Several instances here show Pyongyang's airbrush at work. Photo: Yonhap
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi embarked on a four-day trip to Chin state and neighboring Sagaing division to explain to the people proposed amendments to the country’s previous military junta-written constitution. It included a Jan. 8 stop in the Chin capital Hakha and a Jan. 10 visit to Sagaing’s Kalaymyo town. Photo: RFA/Myanmar Service
Police open fire on striking garment workers at an industrial park in Phnom Penh on Jan. 3, 2014, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. Rights groups called the crackdown the worst state violence against civilians in Cambodia in years. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
An elite military unit is deployed to crack down on striking garment factory workers at a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Jan. 2, 2014. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
Striking garment and footwear workers protest and clash with police in Phnom Penh on Dec 27. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service
The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) launches daily protests to push for a re-election. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service
Cambodia’s political parties have wound down their campaigns ahead of July 28 elections.
Tens of thousands of Cambodians turned out for opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party-led demonstrations in the capital Phnom Penh on Sunday to challenge election results that handed Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party a victory. On the sidelines of the protest in Freedom Park, one protester was shot dead and several others were left injured in a clash with police near Kbal Thanal bridge. In another incident near the Royal Palace, police used teargas and water cannons to disperse protesters who removed barbed-wire barricades.
In recent weeks residents living in coastal areas or along rivers in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam have seen heavy rains and storms that left their homes and streets flooded.
Newly pardoned Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has arrived home after four years in exile, returning ahead of national elections to help his party's bid to end Prime Minister Hun Sen's nearly three decades in power. Thousands of jubilant supporters lined the streets to welcome the Cambodia National Rescue Party President.
The people of Chin state uphold their Christian faith amid a battle against poverty and the departure of many of their youth.
In spite of U.N. Millennium Goals, many around the world find it difficult to access clean water. Keeping safe from contamination often means long treks with heavy loads, a basic knowledge of sanitation, and intervention by NGOs.
In a reporter’s notebook, Tyler Chapman speaks with Burmese miners who dig for petrified wood.
Villagers in Burma's Sagaing division have protested for weeks against the Monywa copper mine in Sarlingyi township. On Sept. 5, 10,000 turned out to demand the return of land they say was illegally confiscated.