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Cambodia’s Court of Appeal Routinely Fails to Explain Verdicts: Rights Group

Cambodia’s Court of Appeal, which has come under fire for what are widely seen as politically motivated verdicts issued at the behest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s one-party government, failed to provide a reasoned judgment in nearly three-fourths of cases it tried over the last two years, a rights group said Thursday.

NGO Urges Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to Intervene in Eviction of Vietnamese From Tonle Sap...

A nongovernmental organization in Cambodia called on the country’s Interior Ministry to intervene in the eviction of more than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake, saying land demarcated for their relocation lacks the infrastructure necessary to support them.

Lao Woman’s Ordeal Highlights Growing Trafficking Problem as Workers Seek Better Jobs in Thailand

The trafficking of Lao nationals to neighboring Thailand as undocumented laborers continues to be a growing problem with brokers arranging for thousands to be taken across the border for job opportunities that too often end up in situations where Laotians are abused by their employers.

Vietnamese Families to be Evicted From Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, Government Says

More than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake will be evicted from their floating homes, with many moved to settlements on land in nearby Kampong Chhnang province, government officials say.

More Southeast Asian Dam Disasters Likely Unless Funders Ensure Higher Standards

The Lao dam disaster in July that resulted in heavy flooding in two provinces that left at least 40 people dead and displaced 7,000 others has drawn both regional and international attention to the potential dangers of Southeast Asia’s current dam-building spree.

Runoff From Railway Project Pollutes River in Lao Tourist Destination

The Lao-Chinese railway project has released polluted water from construction work into the Xong River in Vientiane province’s Vang Vieng district, one of the most popular destinations in the country for tourists, an local resident and an environmental official told RFA’s Lao Service.

Bangladeshi Official: ‘We Will Not Send Any Rohingya Back by Force’

Bangladesh will not repatriate Rohingya to Myanmar unless the U.N.’s refugee agency confirms they are willing to leave voluntarily, a Bangladeshi government official told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, on Monday.

Coalition Calls on UN Expert to Investigate Claims of State-Backed Land Grabs in Cambodia

A global coalition of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates has called on a United Nations expert to probe allegations of state-perpetrated land grabs in Cambodia ahead of an upcoming review of the human rights situation in the country.

Myanmar Drops Charges Against Journalists From Eleven Media

The government of Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon dropped its incitement case against three journalists from Eleven Media Group on Friday, two weeks after it set them free on bail.

Repeated Blows to Free Speech Spark Outcry in Hong Kong

A second venue in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, after immigration authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to enter the city under its visa-free visitor program.

Doubts Surround Bangladesh-Myanmar Plan to Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

A Bangladesh and Myanmar plan to begin repatriating some 2,000 Rohingya refugees later this month was in doubt Friday, as some on the list said they didn’t want to go back and 42 NGOs expressed collective concern about potential dangers awaiting returnees at home.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Admits ‘He Is The Court’ by Accepting Wager: Sam Rainsy

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has implicitly admitted to controlling the country’s courts by saying that Kem Sokha, the head of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), will not be freed from house arrest within the first two months of 2019, the party’s former president said Friday.

53 Lao Women and Girls Rounded Up in Karaoke Bar Raid in Southern Thailand

Police and military personnel rounded up and detained 53 Laotians–50 women and three girls who were allegedly employed as sex workers–during raids on karaoke bars in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat province, authorities said Friday.

China’s New Wildlife Import Policy Poses Fresh Dangers to Tigers And Rhinos

China’s decision to lift a ban on rhinoceros horn and tiger bone imports may now make the animals easier targets for poachers and black marketers, a number of wildlife conservation experts say.

Actor Kim Chi Leaves Vietnamese Communist Party Over Decision to Punish Publisher

A Vietnamese actor is the latest in a series of prominent celebrities to leave the country’s ruling Communist Party following the party’s decision to punish Chu Hao, a former technology vice minister-turned publisher, who was found to have printed books diverging from the party’s political line.

North Korean Restaurants in Russia Fail to Draw Diners

North Korean-themed restaurants in Vladivostok, Russia are facing financial difficulty recently as customers are staying away.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Denies Plan to Free Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Wednesday he has plans to free opposition leader Kem Sokha, rejecting comments made on Facebook by former opposition chief Sam Rainsy, who said the move will be made in December.

Fifteen Set to Appeal Sentences For Bien Hoa Protests in Vietnam

Fifteen Vietnamese protesters handed jail terms for their role in mass protests in Bien Hoa city in June will go before a judge on Thursday to appeal their sentences, sources said.

North Korean Supreme Guard Command Officer Purged for Listening to RFA

An officer of North Korea’s elite Supreme Guard Command (also known as Unit 963) was reportedly purged last month for having listened to an RFA broadcast.

Cambodian Villagers Blocked From Petitioning For Lost Land

Hundreds of Cambodian villagers trying to submit petitions over land disputes were blocked from approaching government offices and the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, with some ordered into minivans to be taken back to their home provinces, sources said.