ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
China Tries Three Anti-Graft Activists in Two Days

Court cases are part of the Chinese government’s campaign against the ‘New Citizens Movement,’ which has called for officials to declare their assets.

Indian Woman Says Gang-Raped on Orders of Village Court

A 20-year-old in West Bengal was gang-raped by 13 men as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community.

Thai Court to Decide On Election Complaint; Protest March to Test State of Emergency

The shooting of a pro-government activist has raised fears that violence will grow in Thailand as the country heads toward planned elections on Feb. 2.

Australia Rejects Claims That Navy Mistreated Asylum Seekers

Australia rejects claims by a group of asylum seekers that they were beaten and suffered burns while being returned to Indonesia by the Australian navy.

Journalist Group Uncovers Chinese Millions in Overseas Trusts

The close relatives of some of China’s most powerful men and women have maintained secretive accounts in offshore tax havens, according to an explosive study.

Indonesian Jailed for Plan to Attack Embassy

An Indonesian court sentences an Islamist militant to 7.5 years in prison for masterminding a plot to bomb Burma’s embassy in the country’s capital.

Delhi Chief Minister Ends His Anti-Police Protest After Clashes

Arvind Kejriwal tells his supporters to end anti-police protests, saying the force has promised to take action over his accusations of negligence by officers.

Thai Capital Under State of Emergency as Protesters Dig In

The government moves to tighten security as protesters trying to oust the prime minister threaten to disrupt an election she has called for early next month.

China Puts Prominent Activist on Trial

Xu Zhiyong has criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to fight corruption, and is a popular voice despite official efforts to silence him.

US Offers to Send Envoy to North Korea to Free Jailed Missionary

Jailed US citizen holds a press conference as United States says it and South Korea are willing to resume ‘credible’ talks with the North over its nuclear program.

HK Arrests Woman in Indonesian Maid Abuse Case

Hong Kong police arrest a woman accused of beating her Indonesian maid in a case that has triggered outrage over its alleged brutality.

Vietnam’s ‘Cyber Troops’ Take Fight to US, France

A shadowy, pro-government cyber army is suspected of blocking, hacking and spying on Vietnamese activists around the world to hamper the country’s pro-democracy movement.

Thousands Rally for Indonesian Maid Ill-Treated in Hong Kong

Thousands demand justice for a young Indonesian maid who was badly beaten by her employer in a case that has sparked widespread outrage.

Seven Seriously Hurt in Bangkok Blast; Military Urges End to Crisis

Twenty-eight people are wounded in explosions at a camp of anti-government protesters in Bangkok, the latest violence in a prolonged political crisis dividing the country.

China Falls in Love With Sherlock Holmes

BBC television show based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s prickly London detective becomes a surprise hit among Chinese fond of a storybook Britain.

Chinese Police Take Away Outspoken Uighur Activist

Police take away an outspoken scholar of China’s Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raid his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students’ thesis manuscripts.

Australia Admits It Breached Indonesian Territory Blocking Refugee Boats

Relations between the neighboring countries are already at their lowest point since the 1990s, and Australia is embarking upon a secretive campaign against asylum seekers.

Thai Protesters March on New Govt Targets

Throngs of whistle-blowing protesters surround several new government agencies in Thailand’s capital to keep up pressure on the prime minister to resign.

On South China Sea, Asean Chair Burma Ready to Mediate

As the region’s foreign ministers descend on Burma, the government hopes it can mediate the divisive South China Sea dispute during its chairmanship of Asean.

UK to Investigate Possible SAS Role in Indian Golden Temple Attack

Newly released official papers suggest that Margaret Thatcher’s government was involved in planning a deadly attack on the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984.