Jun 052020
 
Indonesia Rejects China’s Offer for South China Sea Talks

Indonesia on Friday rejected a Chinese offer for negotiations on the South China Sea, as Jakarta reiterated that it had no overlapping claims with Beijing in its exclusive economic zone. The Chinese government, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, acknowledged it had no territorial dispute with Indonesia but said the two …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Thai NGOs Urge Government Not to Buy Power from Sanakham Dam in Laos

A dam planned for construction by Laos on the Mekong river will have negative impacts not only on Lao villages but also in nearby Thailand, a coalition of Thai environmental groups says, adding that the government in Bangkok should cancel plans to buy electricity from the controversial project. The 684-megawatt Sanakham dam would be the …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Malaysian Court Sets July 28 for Verdict in Najib’s First Corruption Trial

The judge presiding over the landmark first corruption trial against ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to a subsidiary of the financial-scandal hit state development fund 1MDB announced on Friday that he would issue his verdict next month. Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Nazlan Ghazali said he needed time, after hearing several days of closing …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Interview: 'This Will be a Century-Long Trauma for The Chinese People'

Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, a retired minister at the Chai Wan Baptist Church in Hong Kong, was recently in the headlines as one of nine pro-democracy activists convicted in April 2019 for crimes related to their part in the 2014 Occupy Central protests, which shut down key parts of Hong Kong for 79 days. Chu, who …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Malda takes lead in export

The export of Indian goods to Bangladesh via the Mahadipur border in Malda district started on Thursday after a gap of over 70 days. The trade came to a halt at the border, along with some other land ports of Bengal, on March 24, when the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 was …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Authorities to Destroy Uyghur Cemetery in Xinjiang Capital

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have announced plans to destroy a Uyghur cemetery in the capital Urumqi, marking the latest of dozens razed in recent years as part of a campaign experts have said is aimed at controlling members of the ethnic group. On May 22, a document bearing stamps from …Read more

Jun 042020
 
With Myanmar Set to Vote in November, Opposition Wants a Precise Date

Election officials in Myanmar have not set a date for November general elections to be held amid continuing armed conflict in parts of the multiethnic country and a coronavirus pandemic of unknown duration, they said Thursday, drawing criticism from parties who say the uncertainty hurts their chances. The lack of a specific voting date has …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Cambodian Environmental Activists End Bicycle Campaign Citing Threat of Arrest

A Cambodian environmental advocacy group on Thursday suspended a campaign calling on the government to protect an island habitat in Koh Kong province after its bicycle-mounted youth activists faced harassment and the threat of arrest from local authorities, according to the group’s members. Authorities in Koh Kong first stopped the 21 Mother Nature activists on …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Civilian Death Toll From Clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine Climbs to Over 250

Fighting in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state between government forces and the ethnic Arakan Army has killed 257 civilians and injured 570 others during the period from December 2018 to May of this year, according to figures compiled by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Most were killed by stray bullets or artillery fire or died in military custody, …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Thousands Mark Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary Despite Ban in Hong Kong

Thousands of people defied a ban in Hong Kong on Thursday to commemorate those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen massacre by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), while relatives held a low-key memorial ceremony at a Beijing cemetery. With a draconian sedition and subversion law due to be imposed on the city by the ruling …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Pakistan receives Coronavirus treatment drug from Bangladesh Pharma

Bemsivir sent to Pakistan by Beximco Pharmaceuticals for Covid-19 patients by exclusive cargo flight as the coronavirus treatment drug. Coronavirus treatment drug sends by Bangladesh Pharma to Pakistan to treat coronavirus patients. Bangladeshi-based pharmaceutical company has sent drug to support treat critical Covid-19 patients. Beximco spoke persons said the medicine was sent to Pakistan on …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Myanmar Confirms First Muslim Rohingya Coronavirus Case Within Borders

Myanmar’s Ministry of Health on Thursday announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus infection in a Muslim Rohingya within its borders, highlighting concerns over the potential for an outbreak within the ethnic community packed into squalid refugee camps in Rakhine state. A 31-year-old Rohingya man illegally reentered Rakhine’s Maungdaw township from the Thankhali refugee camp …Read more

Jun 042020
 
UN Report Rips Philippine Govt over ‘Serious Human Rights Violations’

The United Nations, in a report released Thursday, criticized the Philippines for doing little to punish police linked to anti-narcotics killings, saying a heavy-handed focus on countering national security threats and illegal drugs had resulted in serious human rights violations. The U.N. Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in Geneva issued the 26-page report on the day …Read more

Jun 042020
 
'I Would Have Been a Student Leader, Too,' Says Feminist Born After  June 4, 1989

Born several years after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) killed unarmed civilians on the streets of Beijing on June 4, 1989, an Australia-based Chinese feminist widely known by her social media nickname @HorrorZoo, talks to RFA’s Mandarin Service about how she first became aware of the Tiananmen massacre in spite of years of official silence …Read more

Jun 042020
 
EU-China summit: What really happened?

It was meant to be the geopolitical highlight of Germany’s upcoming stint in the presidency of the European Union: the first-ever summit between the Chinese president and the leaders of all 27 EU member states. Hosted by Angela Merkel herself in the German city of Leipzig this September. The goal: no less than reshaping EU-China …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Japan struggles with threat of natural disaster on top of coronavirus crisis

Disaster mitigation specialists have warned that local governments the length and breadth of Japan may not have taken adequate precautions to deal with a major natural disaster at the same time as the nation is struggling to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the national government’s statistics, 16,986 cases of the virus …Read more

Jun 042020
 
Right bodies call for an investigation into Bangladesh Baul music room fire

On 18 May 2020, the Ashor Ghor (music room) of Baul singer Ranesh Thakur was set on fire in an apparent arson attack, reported the Dhaka Tribune. Reports suggest that the incident occurred in the Sunamganj district Derai Upazila and resulted in the building structure and its musical contents, such as monochords, harmoniums and drums, …Read more

Jun 042020
 
U.N. Rights Chief Alarmed at Asia-Pacific Crackdown on Freedom of Expression Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet voiced alarm Wednesday that curbs on freedom of expression had increased in 12 Asia-Pacific countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with dictatorships and democracies alike stifling public debate in the name of fighting fake news. “Arrests for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social …Read more

Jun 032020
 
Top US Religious Official Pledges Support For Dalai Lama’s Return to ‘More Autonomous’ Tibet

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback on Wednesday pledged Washington’s assistance to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in returning from exile to a Tibet with greater autonomy, in his latest salvo against Beijing for its persecution of ethnic groups in China. Speaking after taking part in an online forum for Tibetan American …Read more

Jun 032020
 
Veteran 1989 Activist Detained Over Online Tiananmen Massacre Event

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan are believed to be holding dissident and 1989 pro-democracy movement veteran Chen Yunfei for marking the anniversary of a massacre of civilians in Beijing on June 4, 1989. Friends of Chen’s said he has been incommunicado a couple of days ahead of Thursday‘s anniversary of the bloodshed …Read more