Category: Asia

Vietnam convicts 7 activists in one week

     

Vietnam’s Communist authorities should immediately free prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch said today: During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven… Read more »

Amid signs of discontent, new law hits China’s rights groups’ funding

     

China’s new law regulating charities is a further blow to its rights activists, and could restrict any non-government group from raising funds to help some of the country’s most vulnerable people, an overseas-based… Read more »

Critical open letter highlights ‘paranoia’ within China’s ruling party

     

A series of extraordinary outbursts of public criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping in recent weeks has raised the question of whether his crackdown on dissent is backfiring, the Washington… Read more »

Islamists corrosive to Pakistan’s fragile democracy

     

On Easter Sunday, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), killed over 72 people and wounded hundreds in an attack on a Lahore park, demonstrating that the… Read more »

Insurgency Trap? Labor unrest rattles China’s ruling party

     

An upsurge in industrial militancy is rattling China’s ruling Communist Party, CNN reports. A 2010 strike at the Nanhai Honda car plant in southern China was a turning point for… Read more »

Fighting North Korea’s dictatorship – with flash drives

     

If you have a flash drive or SD card that’s just gathering dust somewhere, New York-based Human Rights Foundation and Silicon Valley’s Forum280, are calling on you to donate them to their… Read more »

The Great Fall of China?

     

  Unless the Chinese Communist party’s general secretary, Xi Jinping, introduces major political reforms, the economy will tank and the party will crumble, David Shambaugh argues in “China’s Future.” The… Read more »

China’s ruling party ‘struggles for a new normal’

     

Two remarkable documents emerged from China last week, notes ChinaFile: the first is the essay “A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor”—available here in Chinese and translated here into English—which appeared on the website… Read more »