Seventy years after North Korean founder Kim Il Sung (1912-94) launched the June 25, 1950 surprise attack on South Korea that sparked the Korean War, Kim’s grandchildren, Kim Jong Un and his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, are in charge in Pyongyang – and embroiled in conflict with Seoul and Washington over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions.
Once prominent public figures have not been spared by the Chinese crackdown in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. There are at least 18 business figures whose detention or internment have been confirmed by RFA’s Uyghur Service.
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is on trial for treason, accused of conspiring with the United States and other foreign powers to topple the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Critics say the charge against Kem Sokha is politically motivated and evidence of Cambodia’s slide into authoritarian rule.
The trove of secret cables, known as the Xinjiang Papers, call for an “all-out ‘struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism.’”
Gambia has brought a case to the International Court of Justice accusing Myanmar of genocide during a military crackdown in August 2017 that forced more than 730,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. U.N. investigators have reported widespread rapes and killings. Myanmar says it was a counterterrorism operation and denies committing genocide.
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has jailed or threatened with prosecution scores of members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
Myanmar military helicopters mounted a rescue mission after Arakan Army fighters hijacked a passenger boat and took 58 people captive.
Cambodia's courts have issued a series of rulings against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, with more on the way as he prepares to come home on Nov. 9, 2019.
In a battle of letters that unfolded at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this month, 22 countries formally condemned China's mass detention of some 1.5 million Muslims in determent camps. In response, China enlisted the support of fellow authoritarian countries. The resulting letter was signed by 37 states, and read: "We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.”
Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have forced nearly 3,500 monks and nuns from the Yachen Gar Tibetan Buddhist Center.
This week’s meeting in Pyongyang is the fifth between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It’s the first to take place in North Korea.
The tariffs hit a broad range of goods, from vegetables and livestock to textiles and natural gas.
The five men were held at the Lop county detention camp in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Uyghur Muslims complain of
pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
This map shows places where Myanmar government forces are fighting rebel groups in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan and Chin states.
China is the largest prison in the world for journalists,
with more than 60 individuals behind bars.
A new study found that more than 30,000 women and girls migrate from Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states into China each year. Many are forced to marry Chinese men, or are trafficked as birth surrogates.
A report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project found that Chinese authorities have interned, imprisoned or forcibly disappeared 338 Uyghur intellectuals since April 2017. Here are 10 prominent Uyghur intellectual figures whose detentions were confirmed by RFA’s Uyghur Service:
China has jailed or detained more than a million Uyghurs in “re-education camps” throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Chinese authorities accuse them of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas. This map shows the camps that RFA has identified.
Chinese authorities are assembling a detailed digital profile on each of China’s 1.4 billion citizens.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports an increasing flow of opium and illicit drugs throughout the Southeast Asian region.
A U.S State Department report says China fails to meet minimum standards for protecting against human trafficking.
A report by the Mekong River Commission found that the river would lose 900,000 tons of fish biomass by 2040.
In recent years, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has attacked critics, including activists, rights monitors, opposition lawmakers and the media.
Just days before its planned demolition by the government on July 17, 2017, almost ninety-nine percent of the 493 families had left Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building after they agreed to sell their dilapidated apartments at a price of $1,400 dollars per square meter—a controversial level of compensation set by Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara.
This series of photographs of Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province were taken on July 14, 2017—the day before its first test run. Groundbreaking began in 2014, but nearly 200 families, remain defiant in their refusal to vacate the area, despite warnings their village could be inundated. Residents want the operator to delay the testing for a period of one month so that they can address the villagers’ demands for compensation and humanitarian assistance from relevant stakeholders.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong to mark 20 years of rule by China, was met on arrival in the former British colony on June 29 with calls to release writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo. Liu, 61, is being treated at a hospital in northeastern China, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer. Liu was already in jail when he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" in a decision that infuriated Beijing, which put his wife under strict house arrest.
Chinese writer and democracy activist Liu, 61, is currently being treated at a hospital in Liaoning's provincial capital Shenyang, his lawyer told RFA, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer little more than a month ago. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China" in a decision that infuriated Beijing, which says he has broken Chinese law.
Ecological migrants are people who are forced to leave their homes due to various impacts of climate change (flooding, land degradation, extreme weather).
U.S. student Otto Warmbier died Monday, days after he was sent home in a coma from prison in North Korea. In a posting on Twitter, U.S. President Donald Trump thanked China for attempting to resolve tensions with North Korea, but declared that Beijing's "efforts" had failed. China is North Korea’s closest ally.