Social development

Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

As dark clouds approached her village in northwestern Cambodia one afternoon in July, Set Sreylon prepared for the monsoon that threatened to flood her new family home. While the rains were a concern, the 37-year-old feared a bigger threat to her property – the daily visits ...

Matt Blomberg, Mech Dara

Vietnamese Police Detain Man for Facebook Criticism of Government in Land Rights Case

Authorities in Vietnam have arrested a Facebook user for sharing his grievances about how the local government has handled a dispute over his family’s land, RFA has learned. Le Van Hai, from Binh Dinh province in the country’s South Central Coast region was charged with “abusing ...

RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Huy Le. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

UN Condemns Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya, Other Minorities

The UN Human Rights office reports the Myanmar military continues to attack, persecute and commit gross violations against the Rohingya Muslims three years after similar actions triggered a mass exodus of more than 750,000 Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  The report has been submitted to ...

Lisa Schlein

Indigenous voices raised

Minorities and indigenous people are often among the most marginalised communities in many societies. Systemically excluded from participation in the socio‐economic life of many countries, they lack access to political power and encounter obstacles to asserting their identity. Indigenous communities comprise 6% of the world’s population ...

APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

Salween Peace Park: for all living things

The Karen People have lived in our forest home for 2,758 years according to our calendar. Our lands and waters play many important roles in everyday life and in our future prosperity. They are core to the subsistence practices of our communities. Karen territories boast fertile soil, ...

Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)

12-episode documentary “Ethnicity” to feature Mekong River civilization

The documentary series “Ethnicity” is a collaboration between Nakhon Phanom province, Sakon Nakhon province, and Mukdahan province. It aims to promote tourism in response to the government policy and encourage both Thai and foreign tourists to experience the wonders of Thailand. It will also enhance cultural ...

Health Workers Make Up 10% of Myanmar’s COVID-19 Cases

More than 10 percent of those currently infected with COVID-19 in Myanmar are health workers, according to a top government medic. “More than 10 percent of those infected with COVID-19 after Aug. 16 are health staff,” said the director of contagious disease prevention and eradication at ...

THAZIN HLAING

Vietnam inaugurates national data portal

The national data portal was launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) during a ceremony in Hanoi on 31 August. The portal provides data on state agencies in service of political and socio-economic activities, contributing to the process of e-government building in Vietnam. New digital services, ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

Hundreds of Thai students rally to demand school reform

Hundreds of high school students demonstrated in Bangkok on Saturday to demand reform of an education system they say is outdated in the latest of more than a month of anti-authority protests. Protests that began on Thai university campuses have taken place almost daily since mid-July ...

Chayut Setboonsarng

Facebook must walk the talk on Myanmar

Last month, Facebook moved to block a bid by The Gambia in a US court, in which it sought disclosure of posts and communications by members of Myanmar’s military and police. This legal step is related to a case brought by The Gambia before the International ...

Priya Pillai

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