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NGOs Demand End to Impunity, Independent Probes in Cases of Murdered Cambodian Reporters

Dozens of nongovernmental organizations marked International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists Friday by slamming Cambodia for failing to hold the perpetrators of crimes against reporters and rights activists accountable and demanding independent, transparent probes of their cases.

Overcrowding Seen in Cambodia’s Prisons: Report

Cambodian prisons are overcrowded, and the country’s criminal justice system must begin granting bail to citizens awaiting trial, the Cambodia-based rights group Licadho says in a new report.

China Seeks to Export Internet Controls, Expands Surveillance At Home: Report

China was the worst abuser of internet freedom in 2018, according to a report from the U.S. nongovernment organization Freedom House.

‘I Don’t Think Universal Values Are Unique to The West’

Outspoken scholar and translator Zi Zhongyun, a former director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, announced in September that government censors had slapped restrictions on her social media account on the Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo.

Human Rights Watch: Sexual Violence in North Korea ‘Accepted as Part of Ordinary Life’

Sexual violence is so rampant in North Korea that it has become an accepted part of ordinary life, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) based on interviews with women from the North who have taken asylum in South Korea.

Malaria Cases in Myanmar See Huge Drop, Thanks to Efforts by Community Health Workers

Instances of malaria in remote and rural locations in Myanmar have fallen dramatically during a six-year period as a result of trained community health care workers providing a wider package of services along with screenings for the disease transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions, a study has found.

UN Envoy Rhona Smith May Not Visit Kem Sokha, Cambodian Government Says

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country this week, Smith said on Monday.

Cambodian Villagers Say Authorities Failed to Honor Promises For Flood Relief

Nearly 100 families in two communes affected by flooding from the reservoir of the controversial Lower Sesan 2 mega-dam in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province said Tuesday that authorities have failed to honor promises they made to rebuild their submerged communities and provide much-needed supplies and services.

Smugglers Move Timber From Cambodia’s Mondulkiri, Defying Government Warnings

Smugglers working in collusion with corrupt officials on both sides of the border are continuing to move illegally harvested timber from Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province into neighboring Vietnam in spite of government warnings to halt the trade, sources in Cambodia say.

Wary Rohingya Refugees Set Out Terms For Repatriation to Myanmar From Bangladesh

A group of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in Bangladesh have called for recognition as an ethnic group and restoration of their Myanmar citizenship as key conditions for accepting repatriation to Rakhine state presented to officials from the two countries who visited the camp on Wednesday.

Exclusive Report: Bureaucratic Chaos Rife in Hours Before Laos Dam Burst

On the night of July 23, water poured over a saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project in Champassak, Laos, sweeping away homes and causing severe flooding in up to 12 villages downstream in Champassak and neighboring Attapeu province.

Cambodia’s King Sihamoni Transfers Court Officials in ‘Reshuffle’

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has moved almost 60 court officials, judges, and prosecutors to new posts across the country in a move welcomed by NGOs and legal experts, who said that more still needs to be done to restore judicial independence in the autocratic Southeast Asian state.

China Stops More Than 100 Christians From Boarding Planes For Overseas Event

Authorities in China have slapped a travel ban on more than 100 Protestant Christians en route to a religious training event in South Korea, RFA has learned.

China’s Parliament Expands Use of In Absentia Trials Targeting ‘Absconders’

But lawyers say political refugees who flee the country to evade persecution could also be targeted under the revised law.

UN Envoy Rhona Smith May Not Visit Kem Sokha, Cambodian Government Says

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country this week, Smith said on Monday.

Myanmar Labor Groups Urge EU Not to Drop Crucial Trade Preferences

They say the withdrawal of tariff-free access to the bloc will lead to factory closures and job losses.

Cornell Cancels China Exchange Programs After Crackdown on Student Activists

Cornell University has suspended an academic partnership with China's Renmin University (Renda) after a crackdown on Chinese students who supported a workers' movement at a factory in the southern province of Guangdong.

Myanmar Doubles Down on Denial as UN Official Sees ‘Ongoing Genocide’ Of Rohingya

Myanmar has rejected statements by senior U.N. rights officials that Rohingya are enduring “ongoing genocide” a year after a brutal military campaign drove more than 700,000 members of the Muslim ethnic minority into Bangladesh.

Chinese State Media Reporter Charged with Assault After Fracas

A reporter for the Chinese Communist Party's state broadcaster has been charged with common assault after a confrontation with organizers and volunteers at a fringe event of the ruling Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last month.

Cambodia’s Kem Sokha Breaks Silence to Mourn Death of Political Opposition Figure

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha on Friday mourned the death this week of a party member in his first public statement after being moved from prison into house arrest in September.