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Retired Vietnamese Teacher Handed 14-Year Prison Term in Subversion Trial

A retired teacher who posted writings on his Facebook page criticizing Vietnam’s government was convicted on Wednesday of trying to overthrow the state and was handed a 14-year prison term in a sentence his lawyer called “unjustified and much too harsh.”

Former Columnist Jailed For Social Media Criticism of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

A court in Yangon has sentenced a former newspaper columnist for state media to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine for violating a sedition law by criticizing Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on social media, in the latest challenge to freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country.

Cambodia’s Former Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Blasts ‘Attempt to Break Up CNRP Leadership’

Cambodia’s former opposition chief Sam Rainsy on Tuesday dismissed recent comments by Minister of Interior Sar Kheng who said the release of current opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha from pre-trial detention last week would create a power struggle between the two men.

UN Report on Rohingya Crisis Calls For Removal of Myanmar Military From Politics

A United Nations fact-finding mission that investigated atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state issued a report on Tuesday detailing violence by security forces and calling for the prosecution of top military commanders as well as the removal of the country’s powerful Tatmadaw (military) from politics.

Ejection of Chinese Tourists in Sweden Sparks Outcry, Embarrassment

The ejection of three Chinese tourists from a guesthouse in the Swedish capital by police and Beijing's outraged response has whipped up a degree of nationalistic fervor on social media in recent days, although Chinese living in the country have expressed "embarrassment" over the behavior of the tourists and the government's subsequent protests.

Laos Sports Games Suspended Over Corruption Concerns

Sports competitions scheduled for November in Xiengkhouang province in northeastern Laos have been postponed amid concerns over possible corruption in the awarding of contracts for construction in preparation for the event, Lao sources say.

Cambodian Political Commentator Hit With New Charges, Goes Into Hiding

A Cambodian political commentator and critic of Hun Sen has been hit with new criminal charges a month after completing a prison sentence for defamation, and has gone into hiding, fearing arrest, sources say.

Vietnam Land Rights Activist Do Cong Duong Handed 48-Month Jail Term

A court in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Ninh sentenced land rights activist and citizen journalist Do Cong Duong 48 months in prison on Monday for “disturbing public order,” his lawyer told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

Ethnic Army Targets Christian Clergy, Churches in Myanmar’s Shan State

Myanmar’s largest non-state army is detaining several Christian clergy members for questioning and destroying churches in its self-proclaimed autonomous areas bordering China and Thailand in Shan state, according to a statement issued by the group.

Professor Fired After Tweeting That Chinese ‘Lie, Commit Fraud and Poison Each Other’

Authorities in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian have fired a university history professor after he hit out at declining moral values in a post on social media.

Vietnamese Court Upholds Democracy Advocate’s 13-Year Sentence

An appeals court in northern Vietnam’s Thai Binh province upheld the sentence of jailed democracy activist Nguyen Van Tuc on Friday, returning him to prison to serve his full term of 13 years, Vietnamese source said.

Chinese Authorities Continue to Destroy Mosques in Xinjiang

Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region say that authorities are continuing a campaign to destroy mosques as part of a wider crackdown on their religion, contradicting a recent comment by a Chinese diplomat that the region has more mosques per capita than other countries.

Dalai Lama Meets in the Netherlands With Sex Abuse Victims

The Dalai Lama met on Friday in Rotterdam in the Netherlands with four Western Buddhists who say their religious teachers subjected them to sexual or psychological abuse, sources said.

Chinese Refugees in Thailand Renew Bail Bid From Immigration Detention Center

Two Chinese political refugees held in an immigration detention center in Thailand have lodged a further bail application in a bid to stall attempts to repatriate them, where they will likely face political reprisals at the hands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Cambodian Villagers Protest Land Dispute Case in Sihanoukville Province

More than 400 villagers from 13 communities from southwestern Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province staged a protest on Friday, demanding that a local court drop charges against four locals detained by authorities for “violently occupying” disputed property.

Dalai Lama to Meet With Buddhist Victims of Sex Abuse

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to meet on Friday in the Netherlands with a group of Western Buddhists who say they were sexually abused by their religious teachers, RFA’s Tibetan Service has learned.

Aung San Suu Kyi Says Rohingya Crisis ‘Could Have Been Handled Better’

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said her government could have done better managing the Rohingya Muslim crisis in Rakhine state, but defended the sentencing of two Reuters reporters handed seven-year jail terms earlier this month for possessing documents related to the massacre of 10 Rohingya men and boys.

Cambodian NGOs Reject Invitation to Regional Forum on Proposed Lao Dams

A Cambodian coalition of NGOs dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks associated with dams on the Mekong River said Thursday that it will boycott a regional stakeholder forum for two proposed hydropower projects in Laos because its concerns were ignored by the organizing body.

Kem Sokha Release ‘Not Enough’: Congressman

Kem Sokha is now placed under house arrest and is still denied access to his former colleagues at the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was banned in November.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Urged to Drop Charges on All Political Prisoners

A leading international human rights group on Wednesday called on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to release all political prisoners and drop all charges against them, arguing that recent releases and pardons were merely “attempts to regain international legitimacy after sham elections.”

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