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Stories about East Asia

14 October 2019

Thai judge shoots himself in court after alleging political interference in courtroom decisions

"Return rulings to judges. Return justice to people....My statements might hold weight as light as a feather, but a judge’s heart must be as firm as a mountain."

10 October 2019

Thai Twitter users face threats over comments on royal motorcade

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The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.

9 October 2019

US gaming company Blizzard bans Hong Kong e-sport player from tournament for shouting pro-democracy slogan

The e-sport player will be removed from the tournament without receiving any prize money and banned from Hearthstone contests until 2020. Chinese tech giant Tencent owns about 5% of Blizzard’s...

8 October 2019

After Xinjiang, the long road to recovery

A crowdsourcing project in Kazakhstan is offering medical treatment to victims of Chinese detention camps, but psychological scars will take longer to heal.

4 October 2019

NGOs slam Hong Kong's enacting of emergency law banning masks at protests as draconian

Last invoked in 1967, the Emergency Regulations Ordinance is a colonial-era law that gives the chief executive unlimited power in the event of an “emergency or public danger.”

Lilly Satidtanasarn, the 12-year-old taking on plastic pollution in Thailand

"Adults think I’m doing homework or a school project. They didn’t take me seriously but I kept emailing them and now they take me seriously."

2 October 2019

As real bullets fly and hit in Hong Kong, the police start a new cycle of unprecedented violence

Hong Kong sees its first victim of live gunshot as the city is once again marred in a vicious circle of violence

No land, no fish: Mekong community in northeast Thailand struggles against a double-threat

"I don’t understand but I’m very stressed. How can they demolish it? I don’t have anywhere to live. We aren’t rich investors. We’re poor people."

29 September 2019

Undercover journalist exposes harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouse in Japan

A new book by a Japanese investigative reporter exposes deadly working conditions at a giant Amazon facility just outside of Tokyo.

Press freedom watchdog dismisses China’s '70 Years of Progress on Human Rights’ as ‘smokescreen’

Reporters Without Borders slams China's white paper on human rights as "a smokescreen" to mask the country's "horrendous record" with regard to human rights and press freedom.

28 September 2019

Global rally to urge U.S. congress to vote for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

'This is a plea for universal human rights, for democracy and for the freedom to choose…'

26 September 2019

Caring for Myanmar’s orphaned elephants

Myanmar's wild elephants are under serious threat from poaching, with elephants being killed at the alarming rate of one a week.

25 September 2019

A snapshot of climate strikes across Southeast Asia

The protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various issues such as the impact of large-scale mining, haze pollution, and continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

22 September 2019

Broken bones, internal bleeding: Hong Kong police used ‘reckless, indiscriminate’ tactics during protests, says Amnesty

"...police officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been restrained. The use of force was clearly excessive, violating international human rights law."

20 September 2019

Netizen Report: Pro-government doxxing campaigns rock Hong Kong, Serbia

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Doxxing is all the rage in Hong Kong and Serbia, an Indian judge delivers a win for internet rights, and Facebook debuts plans for its oversight board.

19 September 2019

Yale-NUS college draws criticism in Singapore after canceling a class on ‘dialogue and dissent’

"If we cannot make space and listen to the person that says no, then democracy dies. It’s that fundamental."

China Central Television urges netizens to doxx Hong Kong protesters and reporters

The state-run TV helped publicise doxxing site hkleaks.ru, which targeted pro-democracy lawmakers, student activists and journalists in Hong Kong.

18 September 2019

Popular Twitter thread highlights dozens of examples of Japan's ‘Bubble-era’ PoMo architecture

Every corner of Japan features examples of postmodern architecture.

Five years after an HIV outbreak in a Cambodian commune, villagers feel forgotten

"When the outbreak of this disease happened, there was an increase in both national and international aid for them. But later on, it seems quiet."