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Myanmar migrant workers in 2019 exceed 300,000

Over 305,000 people went overseas for work during 2019 according to the data from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Monthly numbers of workers going abroad from January to November 2019 are 23,235 in January, 22,523 in February, 22,534 in March, 20,766 in April, 30,326 ...

Yu Wai

WWF calls for more action to protect endangered animals

World Wildlife Fund Cambodia yesterday urged Kratie provincial authorities to take firm action against fishing, forestry, and forest land encroachment crimes in order to protect and preserve rare species of wild animals that are currently under threat. Horm Chandet, a landscape manager for WWF’s Mekong flooded ...

Pech Sotheary

Activists set up camp over land issues

Members of a land rights advocacy group on Monday set up camp near the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, calling on it to resolve land disputes between villagers and the state. The People’s Movement for a Just Society, or P-Move, also petitioned Natural Resources and ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

Unsustainable sand mining is threatening lives along the Mekong River in Cambodia

It’s a resource used in global construction and mined from rivers and coasts across the world. Now new research, as part of a project led by University of Southampton, has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing ...

Mekong communities struggle as China tests dam equipment

Water levels on the Mekong River, which flows through China and five other countries before emptying into the South China Sea, have dropped once again after Beijing revealed it was testing equipment at one of its 11 dams in the upper reaches of the vital ...

Leonie Kijewski

Xekong on track to have first international border crossing with Vietnam

The Prime Minister’s Office plans to upgrade the Daktaok local border crossing in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, to an international level crossing on the Vietnamese border. Lao and Vietnamese officials are currently discussing the date when this change will take place. If the status is elevated ...

Thai journalist sentenced over tweet warns of threat to media freedom

A Thai journalist sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the owner of a poultry farm via a tweet said Thursday the kingdom’s criminal libel laws are eviscerating media freedom. A court convicted Suchanee Cloitre in December for a tweet referencing a dispute over working ...

Development of Dawei SEZ makes progress

In a January 9 statement, the Dawei SEZ Management Committee said changes have been made to the contractual arrangements with  Italian-Thai Development Company Ltd (ITD) for the development of initial industrial estate in Tanintharyi Region. According to contract amendment, ITD and other investors must compensate and ...

Htin Lynn Aung

The Costs of China’s Belt and Road Expansion

When I returned to Xigang after five years, I couldn’t recognize it. What had been a small but generally well-maintained beach town had become a sprawling mess of a city; construction, mud, and piles of garbage were seemingly everywhere. The Han Chinese with whom I ...

Chris Horton

The 97km that frustrate China's mastery of the Mekong

Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. China has long wanted to dredge the ...

AFP

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