Social Issues

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug 18, 2018

The United States says it's deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics troubling

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

Aug 16, 2018

Malaysia's new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers

Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges

Aug 16, 2018

A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government

Indonesian president urges tolerance in annual speech

Aug 16, 2018

Indonesia's president urged the country to embrace its founding spirt of tolerance in an annual national address just days after choosing a divisive cleric as his running mate in elections next year

Senior Chinese monk accused of sexual misconduct quits post

Aug 15, 2018

One of China's most high-profile monks has resigned from a top national post following reports of sexual misconduct

Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

Aug 14, 2018

China is blaming "anti-China forces" for the growing criticism of Beijing's policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps

Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

Aug 14, 2018

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor and the country's financial mess in an interview with The Associated Press

AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

Aug 13, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister says he will seek to cancel Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt

China newspaper defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

Aug 13, 2018

An official Communist Party newspaper is defending China's campaign of pressure against the country's Uighur Muslim minority

China expels German student who researched rights lawyers

Aug 13, 2018

China has expelled a German university who conducted research on human rights lawyers detained in a 2015 crackdown

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