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.
More than 500 people were arrested on July 2 in Hong Kong for staging an all-night sit-in at the Central business district after a mass pro-democracy march a day earlier drew more than half a million people calling for universal suffrage and the right to political autonomy. Photos: RFA/ Cantonese service
Thousands of Cambodian workers have fled Thailand since the military coup in Bangkok, and more people are crossing the border every day. Workers are returning home via the border town of Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province. Cambodian officials say some have been forced out while others are fleeing. Photos: RFA.
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