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.
Slightly more than 7 million Cambodians, or nearly 90 percent of registered voters, turned out for commune council polls on June 4, 2017—a record turnout in a test of public opinion ahead of 2018 general elections.
Infographic data showing the number of imprisoned journalists for each country. The graphic depicts the levels of persecution against journalism.
The farmers have held several police and officials captive since an April 15 clash over land.
Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest centers for the study of Tibetan Buddhism, is under threat from Chinese authorities. This visual guide tracks the history of Larung Gar, and looks ahead to its uncertain future.
A visual guide to the ongoing struggles of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority. Human rights groups have called the Rohingya 'one of the most persecuted minorities on earth.'
The ceremony is now conducted outside Tibet by the Dalai Lama, who escaped into exile in India in 1959 following a failed national uprising against Chinese rule.
Work has begun on the U.S. $6 billion project, but questions linger over who will get the jobs and how much people displaced by the construction will get paid.
The Tibetan spiritual leader spoke ahead of this year’s Kalachakra empowerment in Bodh Gaya, India, the site of the historical Buddha’s enlightment.
The break in the penstock isn’t the first, raising questions about the dam’s construction.
Infographic data on the corruption in the Yunnan Kunming Fanya Nonferrous Metal Exchange, or Fanya, the first exchange platform for non-ferrous metal in China.
The system is part of a 2014 election reform deal between the CPP and opposition CNRP that ended almost a year of deadlock following the disputed 2013 ballot.
On Monday Oct 10, 2016, Doun Penh district security forces attacked the demonstrators who carried lotus flowers, banged drums, waived the national flag and unfurled banners demanding a fair solution to a land-grab dispute.
Kem Ley is praised as a fearless champion of Cambodians facing corruption and unaccountable government.
Kem Ley, 46, researcher and leader of the advocacy group Khmer for Khmer was shot twice at a gas station in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on July 10, 2016.
Seven bodies are found in two shallow graves in a village outside of Lashio in Shan State.
MyWelfare gives food, clothes and toys to some 500 Rohingya Muslim refugees.
On March 30, an historic transfer of presidential power took place in the Myanmar capital, Naypyidaw. Htin Kyaw, a close aide to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in as Myanmar's president.
Thousands of Tibetans worldwide cast ballots on March 20, choosing members of parliament and a Sikyong, the top leader responsible for political and diplomatic decisions for the Dharamsala, India-based government-in-exile known as the Central Tibetan Administration.
Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament went into session on Feb. 1, but challenges remain following decades of repressive military rule.
Due to low market prices for their harvested salt, the owners of small sea salt farms in Cambodia now find themselves unable to pay back loans taken out from their banks. And this is forcing them to sell their fields to larger firms.
In 2011, President Thein Sein’s government persuaded 16 major nonstate armed groups to come together for peace negotiations, but only eight of those groups signed a cease-fire agreement last October.
Wednesday Dec. 12, 2015 marked 40 years since the communist Pathet Lao took control of the country, a former French colony and six-century-old monarchy, and set up a socialist regime closely aligned to neighboring Vietnam.
Some 30 million voters headed to the polls on Nov. 8, 2015 for elections seen as a test of whether the military's grip on power will loosen, allowing the country to transition toward greater democracy.