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Myanmar Government Rejects Motion to Shutter Polluting Chinese-Owned Coal Plant

Myanmar’s government on Tuesday rejected a Shan state member of parliament’s proposal to shutter a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant residents of his region say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and livelihoods. Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) party lawmake..

Tibet’s Detained Panchen Lama Must ‘Speak For Himself’: Rights Group

Tibet’s Panchen Lama, who vanished into Chinese custody as a young boy 25 years ago this week, must be allowed to speak for himself, ending international uncertainty over his whereabouts and condition, a Washington-based Tibet support group said on Tuesday. “The Panchen Lama is now an adult, and according to the Chinese Constitution the Chinese gov..

Chinese Survey Ship Leaves Malaysian Waters After Pressure Campaign

On the same day as a call between the defense ministers of Malaysia and China, a Chinese survey ship Friday left the site of a controversial pressure campaign in Malaysian waters that at one point drew Malaysian, Australian, and U.S. warships into the South China Sea. The Hai Yang Di Zhi 8 survey vessel had been operating for the past month in the..

China Anti-Crime Campaign in Tibet Used to Punish Critics, Dalai Lama Supporters: HRW

A campaign launched two years ago by Chinese authorities in Tibet to combat crime is also targeting political dissidents, critics of corruption, and activists promoting use of the Tibetan language, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday. Also drawing attention from the police are Tibetan supporters of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, ..

Southeast Asia Beset by Flood of Cheap Methamphetamines, Synthetic Opioids: UN Report

The synthetic drug market in East and Southeast Asia is expanding and diversifying with the price of methamphetamines dropping to its lowest level in the past 10 years, while supplies of synthetic opioids have risen sharply, according to a new report issued Friday by the United Nations drug crimes agency. The report from the Vienna-based United Na..

Indonesia: Lawyer for Dead Fishermen Seeks Human Trafficking Probe

A lawyer for Indonesians who alleged they had worked in slave-like conditions aboard Chinese fishing boats called Monday for companies that recruited and employed them to be prosecuted for human trafficking and bondage. Last week, the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta summoned the Chinese ambassador over the deaths of four Indonesians and the treatment ..

‘Losing Him Has Been an Attack on Our People’: Remembering Uyghur Religious Teacher Abdulahad...

Abdulahad Mahsum was a prominent Uyghur religious figure who died in 2018 while detained at one of the vast system of internment camps in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities since April 2017. He had been placed in the camp in 201..

Tibetan Man Kept Under Travel Ban Over Eight-Year-Old Charges

A walnut-seller visiting Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa eight years ago has been kept by Chinese authorities ever since under travel restrictions after being found with a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on his mobile phone, Tibetan sources say. Jampa Sonam, now 59 and a resident of Lhachu village in Chamdo (in Chinese, Changdu) pre..

Daughter of Uyghur Historian Questions Legitimacy of State Media Video Denying His Detention

A Chinese state newspaper has released a video in which a prominent Uyghur historian who disappeared in 2017 in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) denies reports that he had been detained, prompting his daughter to suggest the recording was made under duress. Iminjan Seydin, 54, began teaching courses on Chinese history at ..

Tibetan Political Prisoner Dies at Home After Being Refused Medical Help

A former Tibetan political prisoner died at his home in China’s Sichuan province on Thursday after authorities repeatedly denied his requests to seek medical treatment for failing health resulting from harsh treatment in prison, Tibetan sources said. Choekyi, who was also a monk, had served a four-year term in Sichuan’s Mianyang prison for making a..

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