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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.

Myanmar Gears up For First Round of Rohingya Repatriations Amid Doubts About Their Safety

Myanmar is gearing up to take back more than 2,260 Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who fled to Bangladesh during a military crackdown in Rakhine state as its first group of returnees in mid-November under a bilateral repatriation deal made nearly a year ago, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday.

Missing NGO Documents at China U.N. Human Rights Review Raise Eyebrows

Human rights experts at the United Nations began examining the ruling Chinese Communist Party's rights record on Tuesday, amid protests over "disappeared" submissions from civic groups that the U.N. body later restored with an apology.

No Rights Problems in Cambodia, Official Asserts After Meeting With UN Envoy

There are no human rights violations in Cambodia, the head of a Cambodian government committee told reporters on Monday following talks with a United National rapporteur on the rights record of the autocratic Southeast Asian country that has been run by strongman Hun Sen for 33 years.

Myanmar Keeps Media Away From Rakhine Conflict Zone

On August 25, 2017, following a series of deadly attacks on police stations and guard posts in the country’s western Rakhine state by an obscure militant group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), Myanmar security forces launched what they called “clearance operations” in the Rakhine townships of Buthedaung and Maungdaw.

Lawyers For Jailed Reuters Reporters in Myanmar File Appeal

Lawyers for two Reuters reporters filed an appeal on Monday against the seven-year sentences they were handed by a Myanmar court for violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, in a case that observers say the civilian-led government has backpedaled on press freedom.

Academic Freedom Watchdog Demands China Unconditionally Release Prominent Uyghur Scholar

Authorities in China should immediately and unconditionally release a prominent scholar of Uyghur culture who disappeared from the country’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in December and is believed held in a political “re-education camp,” according to a watchdog for academic freedom.

China Trains Tibetan Monks as ‘Cheerleaders’ For The State: Report

In a new move aimed at bringing Tibetan Buddhist monasteries more closely under the control of the Chinese state, authorities are now grooming carefully chosen monks to learn and represent the views of the ruling Communist Party, a rights group said this week.

Vietnamese Blogger, Rights Activist Vy to be Tried on Flag Affront Charges

A well-known Vietnamese blogger and human rights advocate is set to face trial for "affronting the national flag or national emblem,” a rights group and her lawyer said on Friday, three months after she was briefly detained and had her computer, books and other items confiscated.

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.