Social Issues

China ex-internet czar sentenced to 14 years for corruption

Mar 26, 2019

China ex-internet censor gets 14 years on corruption charges

Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

Mar 23, 2019

Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

Mar 21, 2019

Human rights group says Myanmar, China failing to stop the trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region into forced "marriages" to Chinese men

Japan urged to stop requiring surgery for ID gender change

Mar 20, 2019

Human Rights Watch is urging Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized to have their gender changed on official documents

China says 13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014

Mar 18, 2019

China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region

Flash floods, slides in eastern Indonesia kill at least 58

Mar 18, 2019

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 58 people and leaving thousands homeless

China accuses US of prejudice over human rights issues

Mar 14, 2019

China has responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying the situation of rights in the country has "never been better"

Malaysia backtracks on plans to abolish death penalty

Mar 14, 2019

Malaysia's government backtracks on abolishing capital punishment, saying instead it will no longer be mandatory and would apply to fewer types of crimes

China says Muslim 'training' centers will slowly disappear

Mar 12, 2019

China says heavily guarded internment camps for Muslims which it calls vocational training centers will gradually disappear if there comes a time that "society does not need" them

Philippine news site critical of Duterte loses court appeal

Mar 12, 2019

A Philippine appeals court says an online news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte violated a constitutional ban on foreign ownership of news media, but says revocation of Rappler's license should be reassessed

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