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Investigator: Dam Project Killing Dolphins, Hurting Fishing and Tourism Industries

A member of Cambodia’s Supreme Council for Recommendations on Wednesday told RFA’s Khmer Service that local authorities are utilizing legal loopholes to avoid adhering to regulations that would protect the biodiversity of the Mekong River.

Four Still Held For Subversion Over Tiananmen Massacre Liquor

Two years after their initial detention, authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan are still holding four people for selling and promoting bottles of liquor marking the bloody military crackdown on the student-led democracy movement of 1989.

World’s Longest Sea-Bridge Opens With Delays, Glitches on All Sides

The world's longest sea-bridge--connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau across China's Pearl River estuary--opened to thin public traffic on Wednesday, with delays at both ends caused by the shuttle-bus system and immigration computers.

Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord Muted as Democracy Assailed in Cambodia

The anniversary of the Paris Peace Accord, which set Cambodia on a course towards democracy 27 years ago, was met with little celebration Tuesday, as both the government and nongovernmental groups reevaluated the meaning of the agreement in the wake of an election widely deemed unfree and unfair.

Jailed Vietnamese Activist in Failing Health, Unable to Walk

Jailed Vietnamese democracy activist Nguyen Trung Ton, a member of the online Brotherhood for Democracy advocacy group, is in failing health in prison and unable to walk owing to an untreated injury suffered in a beating two years ago, according to his wife.

Yangon Government Wants Published Apology From Jailed Eleven Media Journalists

Government officials in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon said Tuesday that they will drop a court case against three jailed journalists accused of committing offenses against the state if the trio issues a written apology in state-owned newspapers.

Australia Hits Myanmar Military Officers With Sanctions Over Rohingya Crackdown

Australia on Tuesday imposed travel and financial restrictions on five Myanmar military officers seen as responsible for orchestrating a violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in 2017, becoming the latest country to use sanctions to punish commanders for atrocities against the ethnic minority.

Karenni Army Clashes With Myanmar Forces in Kayah State, Breaking Bilateral Cease-fire

The Myanmar Army and an ethnic armed group in eastern Myanmar’s Kayah state have blamed each other for breaching a bilateral cease-fire agreement during a weekend clash in Hpa Saung township that left no casualties.

Xinjiang Authorities Jail Prominent Uyghur Television Host

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have jailed the Uyghur former host of a popular children’s television show, according to sources, who said he was targeted for producing a program that detailed the financial struggles of three young students.

Two Held Amid ‘Riots’ After Forced Eviction, Detentions in China’s Jiangsu

At least two people have been detained in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu in clashes between local residents and forced eviction and demolition gangs, RFA has learned.

Kicking it With a Champion: Uyghur Athlete Dominates World Kickboxing

A young Uyghur athlete is taking the world of international kickboxing by storm, having recently won four world championships competing for Kyrgyzstan.

China’s Markets Reject ‘Good News’ Campaign

China's government has been trying to put the best face on its economic growth prospects as it struggles with tariff pressures and a loss of investor confidence at home.

Corporate Security Guards Attack Indigenous Protesters in Rural Vietnam-Amnesty International

Security guards employed by Indian-owned RK Viet Nam on September 27 attacked a group of protesters at the company’s marble quarry in Lam Thuong commune, Yen Bai province, according to a statement by Amnesty International.

Protesters Urge EU to Pressure Cambodia on Democracy as PM Hun Sen Attends Brussels...

Some 1,000 protesters descended on Brussels Friday demanding that the European Union push for a return of democracy to Cambodia, as Prime Minister Hun Sen gathered with heads of state and business leaders from Asia and Europe in the wake of his controversial election victory.

Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Are Separated in Prison

Three Lao workers given long prison terms in April 2017 for criticizing their government while working in Thailand have been separated in prison, with one now sent to a separate facility in his hometown and the other two housed with other prisoners in the Lao capital, Lao sources say.

Vietnam Blogger Mother Mushroom Reaches US, Vows to Continue Speaking Up

Vietnamese blogger and activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh—known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom—arrived to a large crowd of supporters in the U.S. city of Houston and vowed to keep speaking out on human rights back in her communist nation.

Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Aims to Dodge Trade Sanctions in Brussels Talks

In a move aimed at countering European criticism of his rule, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for top-level meetings hoping to persuade European leaders to forgo threatened sanctions against his government following national elections widely regarded as rigged.

Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Released, Exiled to US

Vietnamese blogger and activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh—known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom— was freed from jail Wednesday and put on a flight to the United States, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported from Hanoi.

Myanmar Garment Workers Remain on Strike Over Abuses in Chinese-Owned Factory

More than 100 Myanmar garment workers are continuing a strike on Wednesday in front of Maha Bandula Park in downtown Yangon, demanding that a Chinese-owned textile factory rehire 30 workers responsible for starting the labor action and punish those responsible for a violent attack on striking workers on Monday that injured 25 people.