Amy Chanthaphavong, crowned Miss Asian America in August, discusses her first pageant win and the importance of her Lao cultural ties.
The Newseum—a new addition to Washington D.C.’s array of museums—highlights the importance of unrestricted media for a democracy. But the Newseum’s director of exhibit development tells RFA that media freedom around the world is declining, even as the world’s hunger for news keeps growing.
Far fewer Tibetan refugees are reaching India since China’s 2008 crackdown. The chief refugee coordinator for Tibet’s exiled government in Dharamsala, India, told RFA that Chinese authorities have increased pressure on border areas since last March, making the journey even more perilous.
Burmese refugees, including children as young as 10, describe being
recruited to work as military porters.
The tribunal was created in 2006 to try leading members of the 1975-1979 regime and five former leaders are currently being held on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last month, 28 victims, civil parties in the trial of former chief of the S-21 prison, boycotted the hearings in protest to limitations imposed by the court on their lawyers.
Fresh protests erupted in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, one day after mass demonstrations over mysterious syringe attacks that have fanned ethnic tensions.
Ethnic Karen refugees of violent clashes between the Burmese military and separatist forces describe their dangerous journey across the border to Thailand and the living conditions they are forced to endure in camps there. Video, script, and voiceover by Ingjin Naing for RFA.