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.
Refugees who fled Myanmar into China after deadly clashes between junta forces and ethnic rebels have begun trickling back across the border, but some say they fear going home to more unrest. Video: AFP
Duke University student Grace Wang tried to mediate between clashing Chinese and Tibetan fellow students in 2008 and paid dearly for it, drawing insults and death threats that sent her family in China into hiding. But she's still speaking out, and in an interview with RFA she shares her insights on Chinese online debate.
From her birth in 1945, Burma’s icon of democracy—and the daughter of its independence hero, Gen. Aung San—seemed destined for a life of duty. Following are key milestones in the life of Burma’s Nobel peace laureate and opposition leader, sentenced this week to a further 18 months of house arrest.
Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the last 20 years in house arrest. On August 11, she was convicted by a prison court of breaching the terms of her detention after John Yettaw, a U.S. tourist, swam across the lake and stayed two nights at her home.
Burma remains profoundly isolated internationally, but its artists are gaining exposure—and followers—abroad.
Political tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have a long history.
China’s Green Dam software is part of the government’s latest efforts to censor the Internet and curtail freedom of speech, but bugs in the program and widespread protests have delayed nationwide implementation.
Detailed map and graphics featuring food production and distribution in North Korea.
On July 7, two days after violence rocked Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, Uyghur women rose to demand the return of their men, arrested in large numbers by Chinese police.
Thousands of paramilitary police enter Urumqi to maintain order as ethnic tensions remain high following violent riots over the weekend.
A look at the language, culture, and history of the Uyghur people.
Ethnic Uyghurs stage protests around the world following deadly violence in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Two days after deadly race riots batter China’s northwestern city of Urumqi, Uyghur women call for the release of detainees, while armed Han Chinese roam the streets in search of retribution. AFP video with RFA voiceover.
Armed Chinese police flood into Urumqi to maintain order three days
after violent riots leave the northwestern provincial capital seething
with ethnic tension.
A precarious calm has been restored to the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as the U.S. and Europe call for restraint.
Armed riot police face off against crowds of protesters in Urumqi following a day of deadly ethnic clashes.
Thousands of riot police patrol the streets of Urumqi a day after protests there ended in deadly riots. Reports describe police firing into the crowds in scenes that recall the deadly crackdown in Tibet last year. Video: AFP
A peaceful demonstration turns violent on July 5 in Urumqi where ethnic tension between Han Chinese and Uyghurs is high. Citizen reporters provided these pictures which cannot independently be verified but concur with several reports from different sources.
During their visit to North Korea in November, Gen. Thura Shwe Mann and the Burmese military delegation got an up-close look at North Korean missiles, radars, tunnels, and fighter aircraft. These pictures illustrated a leaked report about the Burmese visit to
North Korea in November 2008.
A leaked report describes a secret visit by senior Burmese military officers to North Korea last year. The report includes 182 photos. The photos show meetings with Gen. Thura Shwe Mann, Burma’s third-ranked official leader and chief of staff of the armed forces, Chinese Defense Ministry Central Commission member and armed forces Chief of Staff Gen. Chen Bingde, and North Korean Defense Ministry Chief of General Staff Gen. Kim Kyok Sik.
From the lease of Hong Kong after the Opium War to the return of the city to China in July 1, 1997, this chronology examines the history of Hong Kong during the 99 years of British rule and the years after the handover.
A Uyghur source reports that numerous Uyghur youths have been detained as part of a new “strike hard” campaign against ethnic separatism.
On June 11, the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level of the H1N1 virus to level 6, officially declaring the disease a global pandemic. Asian governments are taking preventive measures and informing citizens. This interactive map will be continuously updated to follow the spread of the disease.
East Asia is home to a vast and growing traffic in humans, most of them in the sex trade.
Chen Guang was 17 and a soldier in 1989, when orders came down on June 3 to clear Tiananmen Square of student-led protesters, by force if necessary. Chen says he didn’t shoot anyone, but the crackdown has stayed with him—inspiring much of his painting since he graduated from the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in 1997. Photos of Chen Guang's oil paintings by the artist. Reporting by Li Ruoqing.