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Chinese Political Refugee on Hunger Strike in Thai Immigration Detention Center

A Chinese political refugee detained last month by police in Thailand has begun a hunger strike in an immigration detention center in the hope of staving off her forced repatriation.

Vietnamese Democracy Activist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

Vietnamese activist Nguyen Trung Truc, a member of the online Brotherhood for Democracy advocacy group, was sentenced by a court in northern Vietnam’s Quang Binh province on Wednesday to a 12-year prison term in a decision that drew harsh rebukes from human rights groups and the U.S. embassy in Hanoi.

Five Vietnamese Police Officers to Stand Trial in Beating Death of Detainee

Five policemen charged in the beating death last year of a detainee in southern Vietnam’s coastal Ninh Thuan province will go on trial Sept. 13, according to a lawyer assigned by the victim’s family to attend the hearing.

Release of Cambodian Opposition Chief Fails to Satisfy Hun Sen Critics

Cambodia released opposition leader Kem Sokha on bail Monday, a year after he was arrested on treason charges widely seen as politically motivated, but critics said he should never have been arrested and called for his banned party to be reinstated.

Vietnam Bars Rights Campaigners From Entering Country to Speak at Forum

Vietnam has denied entry to two prominent human rights advocates invited to speak at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN hosted by the Southeast Asian nation, in what rights groups say is a continued crackdown on those critical of the repressive government’s dismal human rights record and an attack on freedom of expression.

China Clamps Down on Public Discussion of African Swine Flu Outbreaks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is clamping down on any public discussion of an outbreak of African swine fever among its pig population, shutting down social media accounts and detaining users who warn others not to eat pork.

Myanmar Swiftly Rejects ICC Ruling on Jurisdiction Over Abuses of Rohingya

A ruling by the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over the alleged crime of deportation of hundreds of thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh during a military crackdown last year drew a swift rebuff on Friday from the Myanmar government, but was praised by rights groups that want to see those responsible for atrocities against the minority group brought to justice.

Three Vietnamese Facebook Users Missing, Feared Detained

Three Vietnamese citizens active on Facebook have disappeared in police custody during the last week, with local authorities dodging questions from family members about those believed to have been detained, Vietnamese sources said.

Death Toll Rises in Floods, Landslides in Laos

The number of dead continues to climb as updated reports come in from remote areas of Laos hit by flooding and landslides in recent weeks, Lao sources say.

Cambodia’s One-Party Parliament Slammed as ‘Bogus’ Amid Opening Session

Cambodia held the opening session of its National Assembly on Wednesday, drawing scorn from political observers and members of the public who dismissed the now one-party legislature as illegitimate following an election widely seen as unfree and without the participation of the country’s opposition.

Myanmar Draws Condemnation After 7-Year Jail Sentence for Reuters Reporters

A Myanmar judge on Monday jailed two Reuters journalists for seven years after finding them guilty of breaching a law on state secrets drawing widespread criticism for the Southeast Asian country already under a cloud for a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

Cambodia PM Hun Sen Vows to Keep Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Jailed, Despite Recent...

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday vowed to keep opposition chief Kem Sokha behind bars despite a recent spate of clemency for members of his now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and others held on politically motivated charges and convictions.

Former CNRP Chief Sam Rainsy Slams Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen For Holding Political Detainees...

The former chief of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition party on Friday accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of using the country’s political detainees as pawns in a bid to silence his critics at home and shield himself from international condemnation over an election widely seen as unfree and unfair.

NGO Coalition Boycotts Prior Consultation Process for Proposed Lao Dam

A coalition of NGOs and community-based groups dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks associated with dams on the Mekong River said Friday...

More Than 1,000 Families in Cambodia Suffer After Flooding of Mekong River Tributary

More than 1,000 families in northeast Cambodia’s Stung Treng province are facing extreme difficulties after heavy rainfall led a tributary of the Mekong River to flood their commune for the third time in a month, according to residents, who said a controversial hydropower dam was to blame.

Cambodian Political Commentator Kim Sok Released After Serving 18-Month Prison Term

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok was released from prison on Friday morning after serving an 18-month jail term for “defamation” and “incitement to cause social disorder,” and was quick to slam the country’s ruling party for using “tricks” to obtain a victory in last month’s general election.

‘All Options Are Under Review’ by Australia Amid ‘Serious Concerns’ Over Cambodia’s Elections

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that “all options are under review” with regard to sanctions against Cambodia if Prime Minister Hun Sen does not end a crackdown on his country’s political opposition, NGOs and the independent media.

Developers Press Ahead With Dams, Despite Lao Order to Halt New Hydropower Projects

Developers of two proposed hydropower projects in Laos are pressing ahead with plans to build the mega-dams on the Mekong River, despite a recent order by the government to halt new dam investments following a deadly breach in July that killed 35 people and displaced thousands.

Rights Groups Demand Release of Cambodian Activist Tep Vanny on Eve of Second Year...

Cambodian authorities should overturn the “politically motivated” conviction of prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny and “unconditionally release her,” New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of her arrest.

Cambodian Woman Lack Equality Before the Law: Report

Despite provisions in Cambodia’s constitution abolishing discrimination against women, Cambodian women suffer unequal treatment before the law and are frequently uninformed of their rights during court proceedings, a new report says.

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