Radio Free Asia

More than 130 journalists arrested in Myanmar, media group says

A total of 135 journalists have been arrested in Myanmar since the Feb. 1, 2021, military coup that overthrew civilian rule in that country, according to a local press freedoms group. Among those arrested, 109 were men and 26 were women, while three other journalists were ...

Translated by Khin Maung Nyane for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Two dozen dead, 80 missing after jade mine landslide in Myanmar’s Hpakant

At least 23 people are dead and 80 are missing 11 days after a landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar’s Kachin state, but junta officials and the mine’s operators have yet to confirm the casualties and are seeking to keep the incident under wraps, ...

Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Last Irrawaddy dolphin in northeastern Cambodia dies

The last known endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin on a stretch the Mekong River near Cambodia’s border with Laos died this week, after it was reported snagged in a fishing net, wildlife officials and villagers in the Southeast Asian countries said. “We are deeply saddened by the ...

RFA Staff

Environmental activist group suspends work in Cambodia

A Cambodian environmental protection group is suspending operations in Cambodia amid concerns for the safety of its activists, many of whom have been detained and jailed on charges widely thought to be politically motivated, the group’s founder said in an interview this week. Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, a ...

Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Sok Ry Sum. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Illegal gold mines operate unchecked in Myanmar’s Kachin state since coup

Illegal gold mine operations have run unchecked in the capital of Myanmar’s Kachin state since the military seized power 10 months ago, raising concerns for villagers who spent years protesting a massive Chinese-backed dam project in the early 2000s. Local sources along the Irrawaddy River in ...

Reported by Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Facebook removes accounts targeting critics of Vietnam’s government

Facebook’s parent company removed a network of accounts on the platform that coordinated attacks against Vietnamese activists who criticized the government, but Hanoi said the removed accounts belonged to “anti-state” elements. In its Adversarial Threat Report published Wednesday, Meta said users of the accounts abused Facebook ...

Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

Myanmar junta court sentences former NLD chief minister to 75 years for ‘corruption’

A military court in Myanmar on Tuesday sentenced the former National League for Democracy (NLD) chief minister of Kayin state to 75 years in prison for “corruption,” the latest example of a harsh punishment observers say is aimed at undermining party leadership. Nang Khin Htwe Myint, ...

Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Thailand agrees to buy electricity from Laos, ignoring NGOs’ concerns

Thai power authorities have agreed after a long delay to buy electricity from three hydropower projects in Laos, pushing aside objections from Thai NGOs who say the dams’ operations will harm the ecosystem along the Mekong River. The Nov. 5 decision by the Thai National Energy ...

eported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

China-backed gold mine in Laos pollutes local river, killing fish

A gold mine run by a Chinese company in southern Laos is releasing waste into a river in Sekong province, killing fish and fouling water used by villagers for drinking and bathing, Lao sources say. The Lao Kaleum Gold Mining Project began operations last year and ...

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Countries Have $385 Billion In ‘Hidden Debts’ To China, Study Finds

A new study found under-reported debts of at least $385 billion owed by different countries to China in the past two decades, and that one-third of projects under the Belt and Road Initiative have run into major implementation problems. The hidden debts, which slipped through the ...

Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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