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Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam See Continued Rights Abuses, Restrictions on Free Expression: Report

Lao, Cambodia, and Vietnam imposed serious restrictions on freedom of expression and the press over the last year, with all three countries also holding political prisoners and interfering with the rights of citizens to peacefully protest, according to an annual State Department report released on ...

Richard Finney

Welcome to 'year of fact-checking'

More than 30,000 people have joined Collaborative Fact Checking (Cofact) Thailand to combat fake news during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), Cofact Thailand, the International Fact Checking Network and other anti-fake news organisations yesterday held a seminar to mark International Fact-Checking Day ...

‘What other country would do this to its people?’ Cambodian land grab victims seek int’l justice

“It started when some people from the government came around the community telling us that we were illegally occupying the land,” Chhae Kimsrour said in June 2020. “I’ve lived here since 1995, but six months later they came back and started filling in my lake. ...

GERALD FLYNN, PHOUNG VANTHA

Myanmar’s Women Are on the Front Lines Against the Junta

In recent weeks, Nandar has taken to cycling. Armed with a hard hat, a face mask, and a paper sign stuck to her bike showing the words “No to dictatorship, no to patriarchy,” the 26-year-old feminist activist spends most days traversing Yangon, Myanmar, as part ...

JESSIE LAU

Jailed Lao Activist Silenced by Government, but Continues to Inspire

Laos says women are now more respected and protected on International Women’s Day Monday, but the words might ring hollow to Houayheuang Xayabouly, who languishes in jail more than a year after her arrest for a Facebook post complaining about the communist government’s failure to ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

Human Rights Abuses in Laos Are Rampant. International Businesses Should Take Action.

Authoritarianism in Laos is at the root of illegal land grabs, land grievances, and ongoing human rights violations. The upcoming elections in Laos are unlikely to change this. International business stakeholders, however, can do more to support local communities and uphold fundamental human rights. The Lao ...

Malaak Jamal and Jenny Wang

Myanmar Press Council Members Resign Over Military Directives

Half of Myanmar Press Council’s members resigned last week, saying they are unable to protect press freedom, uphold media ethics, or protect the safety of fellow journalists. The 15 resignations on the press council come in response to directives issued by Myanmar’s military to news outlets ...

Nyan Win Aung

Decree on Internet Controls in Cambodia Threat to Freedom of Expression: Journalists

A decree establishing a national internet gateway that can control and monitor online activity in Cambodia is likely to seriously restrict freedom of expression in the country, journalists said Wednesday. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen signed an order to launch a National Internet Gateway—similar to ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Concern rises after Karen indigenous community returns to ancestral land

Concern continues to rise among civil society for the safety of members of the Bang Kloi Karen indigenous community who returned to their ancestral land at Chai Phaen Din in the Kaeng Krachan forest, after reports of a possible military operation to evacuate them from ...

Prachatai

National Human Rights Commission to remain Grade B for next 18 months

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) will remain in Grade B for the next 18 months because the current constitution deprives them of independence and obliges them to speak in defence of the government, says the Sub-Committee on Accredition (SCA). Its rank was lowered ...

Prachatai

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