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.