RFA in the News (August 2007)

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The Associated Press

August 29, 2007 Wednesday 4:35 PM GMT

Chinese victims of forced late-term abortion fight back DATELINE: QIAN'AN China

Yang Zhongchen, a small-town businessman, wined and dined three government officials for permission to become a father….Still, Radio Free Asia reported this year that dozens of women in Baise, a small city in the southern province of Guangxi, were forced to have abortions because local officials failed to meet their population targets.


August 28, 2007 Tuesday

Burmese junta keeps Myanmar's Shan in state of fear KYAING TONG, Myanmar (Reuters) - At night, the gilded Buddha standing imperiously on a hill overlooking Kyaing Tong is one of the few spots of light in the inky blackness of eastern Myanmar's Shan hills.…As the sun sets and darkness descends on a town that rarely has electricity, people huddle around ancient radio sets to tune in to Burmese-language broadcasts on the BBC or Radio Free Asia, funded by the U.S. government. The junta-controlled state media are disregarded. "Myanmar radio is just pop singers and lies," one man said.

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily (Ping Kuo Jih Pao) website on 17 August

Coal miners' strike in China's Hunan leads to 22 casualties - HK daily August 17, 2007 Friday

[By staff reporter: "Twenty-Two Casualties After Clash Breaks Out in Hunan Coal Mine Workers' Demonstration"]

…According to a Radio Free Asia report yesterday, a worker at Tanjiashan Coal Mine said that sometime after eight on the previous morning, when the group of miners returned to the coal mine to continue their strike, they suddenly found themselves surrounded by a large number of security guards sent by the mine owner. …

Yonhap (South Korea)

August 17, 2007 Friday

Flooding in N. Korea estimated to cut grain production by 450,000 tons: WFP Recent heavy rains in North Korea are expected to reduce grain production by about 450,000 tons this year, more than a tenth of the impoverished country's annual average harvest, a United Nations aid agency said Thursday. In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Paul Risley, spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), said a U.N. joint survey team received such a report on the damage in a face-to-face meeting with North Korean officials.

Korea Times

August 16, 2007 Thursday

A senior U.S. official said that human rights in North Korea should be discussed during a second inter -Korean summit slated for Aug. 28-30 in Pyongyang. “I would hope that the South Koreans put human rights on the agenda, as well,'' U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea Jay Lefkowitz said Wednesday in an interview with Radio Free Asia.

Agence France Presse -- English

August 14, 2007 Tuesday 7:52 AM GMT

Cambodia's genocide court to lose key judge

A key Cambodian judge is to leave the country's UN-backed genocide court, reports said Tuesday, raising fears of more delay to the effort to try former Khmer Rouge leaders. You Bunleng, one of two co-investigating judges appointed to the tribunal, was assigned last week to head Cambodia's Appeal Court, whose former president was fired over a bribery scandal. He told Radio Free Asia that he would leave the Khmer Rouge tribunal after an undetermined "transitional" period during which he would train a replacement for the job.

The New York Times

August 4, 2007 Saturday

China: Pro-Tibet Protesters Arrested

The authorities detained as many as 200 ethnic Tibetans this week after a protest in the town of Lithang, in Sichuan Province, an area populated by Tibetans, Radio Free Asia reported. It said the group had apparently demanded the release of a Tibetan man who was arrested Wednesday after calling for the return of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, during a celebration sponsored by the Chinese Government.

Los Angeles Times

August 4, 2007 Saturday

Scores of people were arrested in a traditionally Tibetan area of western China after public calls for the return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reports said. Police and army reinforcements were sent to Lithang in western Sichuan province after the incident Wednesday at a horse festival, according to the monitoring group International Campaign for Tibet and the U.S.-supported Radio Free Asia. The radio outlet said 200 Tibetans were taken into custody.

South China Morning Post

August 4, 2007 Saturday

Tibetans protest over activist's arrest

People protested in a Tibetan area in western Sichuan after the authorities arrested a man calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, Xinhua reported yesterday.…The protesting residents appealed to police outside the detention centre to release him, Xinhua said, adding that the rally was peaceful and the crowd dispersed. But a Radio Free Asia report claimed about 200 people had been arrested.

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