Radio Free Asia

Chinese Dams Unleash Mekong Waters on Laos During ‘Dry’ Season

Chinese dams on the Mekong River have begun releasing water during the river’s normal dry season, causing trouble for wildlife, farmers and fishermen in Laos, sources in the Southeast Asian country told RFA. “The Mekong River water level is up 12 centimeters [4.7 inches] from yesterday,” ...

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

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

Green Group Records 100 Cases of Illegal Logging in Protected Cambodian Forest in Three Days

An environmental watchdog group in Cambodia has recorded at least 100 cases of illegal logging in the country’s protected Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary over the course of just three days, prompting it to call on the government to strengthen enforcement and allow activists to carry ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Sok Ry Sum and Samean Yun.

Myanmar Internet Shutdown Chokes News Flow, Raises Citizens Fears

Myanmar’s embattled citizens struggled with a drastic cut-off of internet and wireless data services Friday following a military junta order aimed at staunching the flow of videos and photos of atrocities to a global audience, activists and web users said. The Ministry of Transport and Communications ...

RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane, Ye Kaung Myint Maung and Kyaw Min Htun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

Laos Increases Electricity Costs Despite Producing More Electricity

State-run power companies in Laos are raising electricity prices, putting a squeeze on businesses suffering from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown and angering customers who say they deserve cheaper power after a decades-long hydroelectric dam building boom, sources in the country told RFA. The government of Laos ...

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

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.

Illegally Harvested Timber Sold ‘Under Cover’ in Attapeu Province in Laos

Businessmen in Laos’s Attapeu province are selling timber hidden for years in the forest after being harvested illegally, mixing it with other timber allowed by provincial authorities to be sold by local villagers, Lao sources say. Now being sold to private businessmen, the contraband timber was ...

Ounkeo Souksavanh for RFA’s Lao Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.

UNESCO Requests New Impact Assessment for Luang Prabang Dam

UNESCO has requested a new assessment for a large-scale Lao Mekong River dam located near a World Heritage Site, fearing that the dam’s potential impact could put the site at risk. According to UNESCO, the town of Luang Prabang is “an outstanding example of the fusion ...

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

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.

Labor Rights Groups Urge Cambodian Government to Assist Illegal Migrant Workers in Thailand

Cambodian labor rights officials on Friday called on their government to address challenges undocumented migrant workers in Thailand face obtaining legal employment on the eve of a registration deadline that could see tens of thousands deported or imprisoned after months being idled by coronavirus restrictions. Thailand’s ...

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

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