Rights concerns as Laos bans LGBTQ+ beauty pageants

A Lao government order this month banning LGBTQ+ beauty pageants has sparked concern over rights violations among the community and supporters, who questioned the need for the measure, sources in the Southeast Asian country told RFA.   While Laos’s population appears to be moving towards acknowledging the rights of its LGBTQ+ community, many fear that […]

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Myanmar South East – Emergency Overview Map: Number of people displaced in South East since Feb 2021 and remain displaced (As of 19 September 2022)

In the South-East, the number of IDPs increased from 289,800 last week to 291,700 this week.   Similar to the previous week, Kyaukkyi Township in Bago Region (East) continues to experience the most displacement with about 1,300 new IDPs verified. They reported security threats that forced them to leave their villages.   In Shan State […]

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Former Palang Pracharath MP Watanya warmly welcomed by Democrat party

Former Palang Pracharath (PPRP) party-list MP Watanya Bunnag, aka “Madame Dear”, officially joined the Democrat party today (Thursday) and received a warm welcome from party leader Jurin Laksanawisit and other executive members.   Jurin, also a deputy prime minister, said that it was an honour to welcome a new-generation politician with high potential like Watanya, […]

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Miss Grand Myanmar 2020 denied entry to Thailand

After arriving from Vietnam today (Tuesday), Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar 2020, was denied entry to Thailand at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok by immigration officials for not having a passport.   Pol Maj-Gen Archayon Kraithong, spokesman for the Immigration Bureau, said that Han Lay is not in the possession of a passport or any […]

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Cambodia increases minimum wage to U.S. $200 per month

Authorities in Cambodia have set the country’s 2023 minimum wage to U.S. $200 per month, but labor leaders told RFA the $6 increase is not enough to keep pace with inflation.   The Minimum Wage Council decided on next year’s salary in a meeting held Wednesday. Cambodia’s unions asked for a minimum wage ranging from […]

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Harvested rice fields in Chao Phraya River basin to be used as water retention areas

Rice fields in the Chao Phraya River basin, on Thailand’s central plains, will be turned into temporary water retention areas after farmers have completed their harvest at the end of this month, said Surasee Kittimonthon, secretary-general of the Office of National Water Resources, today (Wednesday).   He explained that the use of harvested rice fields […]

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Japan PM says willing to meet North Korean leader

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday renewed his offer to meet North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Un, as tensions simmer over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.   Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Kishida said that Japan still stood by diplomacy set out two decades ago by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi on his historic […]

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