Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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Thai riot police - Pornchai Kittiwongsakul - AFP

Thailand's military regime shuts down free speech

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

In Thailand, the military regime is continuing its crackdown on dissent a month after it took control of the nation.

Humanitarian crisis builds in Pakistan

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

A humanitarian crisis is brewing in Pakistan's north.

Dr Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu

Civil activities and freedoms curbed, five years after Sri Lanka's civil war

Updated 25 June 2014, 17:35 AEST

An assessment of Sri Lanka, five years after the civil war, says ethnic minorities are no better off and the sources of conflict are still being sustained.

Child labourer - Rupak De Chowdhur - Reuters

Children in rural Vietnam vulnerable to labour recruiters

Updated 25 June 2014, 13:40 AEST

Children in Vietnam as young as eleven are working up to eighteen hours a day, often in harsh and abusive conditions.

Call to clarify land policies ahead of Fiji's elections

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:26 AEST

Fiji goes to the polls in less than three months for its first national elections in eight years.

Cambodian activists waving flags - Tang Chhin Sothy - AFP

Cambodia's democracy space is shrinking: UN rights envoy

Updated 30 June 2014, 16:08 AEST

The UN human rights envoy to Cambodia says the space for democracy has shrunk following a bloody crackdown on protestors earlier this year.

Chinese villagers intrigued by high-profile disappearance

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:25 AEST

A man who was one of the most powerful and feared in China has vanished from public life.

Jeffrey Kitingan

Malaysia's 'Allah' ruling is religion politicised - Kitingan

Updated 24 June 2014, 18:40 AEST

Malaysia's highest court has dismissed a bid by Christians the right to use the word 'Allah'.

Malaysia's human rights body urges government to tackle human trafficking

Updated 24 June 2014, 14:11 AEST

Malaysia and Thailand have rejected a US State Department report listing them as among the worst countries in terms of addressing human trafficking.

Hong Kong agitates for fuller autonomy under Basic Law

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

An unofficial referendum in Hong Kong on democratic reform has drawn more than 700-thousand votes.

Condemnation of Egyptian decision on Greste and colleagues

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:20 AEST

There has been international condemnation of the court decision in Egypt, which handed jail terms to three journalists, including Australian Peter Greste.

Egyptian court's decision on Al Jazeera unexpected

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:20 AEST

Sue Turton, a spokeswoman for Al Jazeera in Doha, was one of those tried in absentia and sentenced to 10 years.

Understanding China more deeply: Ambassador Adamson

Updated 24 June 2014, 13:19 AEST

A free trade agreement, investment in agriculture and mining, and safe food.

Anti-Lynas protest in Malaysia as mining licence renewal looms

Updated 23 June 2014, 13:19 AEST

An estimated one thousand people picketed the Lynas rare earths plant in Pahang state on Sunday, in a fresh bid to have it shut down.

PNG prime minister urged to submit himself to due process

Updated 23 June 2014, 13:20 AEST

Papua New Guinea's suspended police prosecutor says the prime minister should be subjected to due process like every citizen.

Indonesian presidential hopefuls debate foreign policy

Updated 23 June 2014, 13:24 AEST

Australia's been accused of being distrustful and even fearful of Indonesia, during a debate between the two men vying for president.

Crackdown on suspected Uighur activists in China's Xinjiang region

Updated 23 June 2014, 13:25 AEST

China has launched a major crackdown on what it says are Muslim terrorist groups in the western region of Xinjiang.

Asia Review 21st June 2014

Updated 20 June 2014, 19:36 AEST

This week on Asia Review - Cambodian exodus - why migrant workers are leaving Thailand in droves; Questions over PNG leader O'Neill's scrapping of the anti-corruption squad; Australia rethinks foreign aid; And updating Islamic universities in Indonesia.

PNG's political crisis far from resolved

Updated 20 June 2014, 11:10 AEST

The fall-out continues in Port Moresby after this week's dramatic events which included the prime minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill's move to disband the anti-corruption squad: Task Force Sweep.

PNG PM O'Neill's closure of anti-corruption squad questioned

Updated 20 June 2014, 11:10 AEST

A former PNG acting National Court Judge Nemo Yalo is calling for the leaders in PNG to act responsibly and put the national interest ahead of their own personal interests and political aspirations.

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