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