In Cambodia, even a call to protect the environment is perceived as a political threat. Forest activists and NGOs were banned from marching in Phnom Penh on the United Nations’ World Environment Day, June 5th. Photos: RFA/Khmer service
More than 180,000 people gathered in downtown Hong Kong on Wednesday for a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who died 25 years ago when People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops brought a bloody end to weeks of student-led mass democracy protests on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Photos: RFA/Cantonese service
For Myanmar residents living on the other side of the river from Yangon, getting enough water to drink is a challenge to which the government so far has only offered promises.
Political opposition to the Hun Sen regime in Cambodia registered significant gains in provincial, municipal, and district council elections on May 18. Official results are not due until the end of the month but opposition leader Sam Rainsy claimed a "great success." Photo: Vohar Cheath/RFA Khmer
About 1,000 people marched Sunday in Vietnam’s commercial capital Ho Chi Minh City, protesting outside the Chinese consulate, while hundreds gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in the capital Hanoi, calling on Beijing to withdraw the giant rig positioned near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
For the second time, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court has put off the trial of 23 activists and factory workers arrested in January following labor protests that rattled Prime Minister Hun Sen's government. Following a five-hour hearing on May 6, the presiding judge ruled that the trial would be adjourned for two weeks, citing a need for further review of evidence.
A May 2-16 campaign for local elections, to be held May 18, took off over the weekend in Cambodia in spite of heavy police and military presence, and a ban on public gathering. On May 4, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) walked, biked and drove with blaring loud speakers in the eastern province of Kratie, as well as in the capital Phnom Penh, to campaign for municipal, provincial, city and district council seats.
Cambodian authorities have rejected a request from 20 unions to assemble in Phnom Penh. The unions wanted to celebrate International Labor Day at Freedom Park on May 1. The park has become a symbol of political protests and has been kept off-limits to gatherings since the beginning of the year. Photos: Mom Sophon/RFA Khmer Service.
Held as "a critical step in its development process," Myanmar launched its first census in three decades on March 30th. The process was due to end on April 10 but was extended indefinitely although 10 million households had been covered out of 11 million. The population is estimated to have doubled to 60 million people since the last census.
Laos undertakes construction of a controversial 260-megawatt dam on the Mekong River, pledging transparency and benefits to the local population. In March, our reporters went to check on the site. Photo: RFA Khmer Service
On Wed., April 2, over a hundred Tibetans living in Gansu province staged a protest demanding proper compensation for land seized and calling for "equal rights." Photo: RFA Tibetan
Cambodian riot police on Monday, March 31, crushed a protest by Beehive Radio supporters demanding a television channel license for the station. Photo: RFA Khmer Service
On March 26, a massive fire destroyed the largest market in the Lao capital Vientiane, a lively all-day place for buying food and other wares called Thong Khan Kham market. No casualties were reported.
Fear is back in Myanmar that construction of the Myitsone Dam, suspended by president Thein Sein in 2011, will resume after the 2015 general elections. On March 14, hundreds of villagers and environmentalists demonstrated at the entrance of the project site. A protest march was expected to start from Yangon on March 22. The 6,000-megawatt dam would provide electricity to Yunnan Province in neighboring China and is to be financed by the China Power Investment (CPI) Corporation. Photos: RFA Myanmar Service
Chinese security forces conducted large-scale exercises in Tibet as Tibetans around the world marked the anniversary of a failed March 10, 1959 national uprising against Beijing’s rule.
Their ancestors originally came from Vietnam. With permission from the Cambodian government, they settled in floating houses on the Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap in North Western Cambodia. But today, these settlers on the water are blamed for the pollution that chokes this famed stretch of the Mekong River. Photo: RFA Khmer
More than 200 Uyghurs are being held at an immigration center near Thailand's southern city of Hat Yai's international airport after they were detained in a secret camp in a mountainous rubber plantation in Songkhla province on March 12. They had fled ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives.
About 200 villagers from Stung Treng province affected by a Chinese hydrodam protest on Friday, Feb. 28. Villagers asked the government to halt the project and forced evictions. Photo: RFA Khmer
The Red Cross Society of China has provided its first-ever humanitarian assistance to ethnic Kachin refugees in neighboring Myanmar, sending more than U.S. $816,000 in food and medicine to families displaced by fighting between the Myanmar military and ethnic rebels. The organization handed over the aid kits to its Myanmar counterpart at a ceremony in the border town of Kampaiti in Kachin state on Feb. 22, 2014. Photo: RFA Myanmar
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader meets with President Obama and speaks to a policy research group and Washington-area Tibetans.
On the evening of Feb. 18, an embankment on the Mekong River in Kandal province’s Preah Prasop commune collapsed suddenly, taking a home and three people with it. The following day, villagers who gathered to survey the damage said that illegal sand dredging had caused the cave-in. Photos: RFA Khmer Service
Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan arrest dozens and shut down 12 entertainment venues on Feb. 9 in a massive crackdown on the city’s thriving sex industry. Photos: AFP
Phnom Penh is littered with trash after sanitation workers walk off the job on Feb. 2, demanding better pay and benefits.
On Jan. 27, authorities in Phnom Penh engaged with hundreds of supporters of Mam Sonando’s Beehive Radio as they protested in front of the Ministry of Information over the government’s refusal to allow the station to increase its signal strength and obtain a television broadcast license. At least seven protesters were injured as police fired tear gas into the crowd and advanced with truncheons and riot shields. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's disgraced mentor, Jang Song Thaek, has been deleted from all official photos and videos after his purge and execution on Dec. 12, 2013. In its broadcast on Dec. 7, the state-run Chosun Central TV airbrushed out the images of Jang, who had been seen near Kim in a previous broadcast on Oct. 28. Several instances here show Pyongyang's airbrush at work. Photo: Yonhap
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi embarked on a four-day trip to Chin state and neighboring Sagaing division to explain to the people proposed amendments to the country’s previous military junta-written constitution. It included a Jan. 8 stop in the Chin capital Hakha and a Jan. 10 visit to Sagaing’s Kalaymyo town. Photo: RFA/Myanmar Service
Police open fire on striking garment workers at an industrial park in Phnom Penh on Jan. 3, 2014, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. Rights groups called the crackdown the worst state violence against civilians in Cambodia in years. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
An elite military unit is deployed to crack down on striking garment factory workers at a factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Jan. 2, 2014. Photos: RFA/Khmer Service.
Striking garment and footwear workers protest and clash with police in Phnom Penh on Dec 27. Photo: RFA/Khmer Service