Asia: Observe

June 15: International Uyghur Language Day
India: author Arundhati Roy to be prosecuted over 2010 Kashmir remarks

June 16
How indigenous Ainu people of Northern Japan are revitalising their language with Māori help
Turkey attacked Kurdistan Region over 800 times this year: Monitor
New high-speed sleeper train service connects Hong Kong with Beijing and Shanghai
Xi said US trying to ‘goad Beijing’ into attacking Taiwan: Report

June 17
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Pope Francis and invites him to visit India
Human rights defender story: Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, from Bahrain
Learning Expedition 2024: One week in the United Arab Emirates
Maldives Bans Israeli Tourists, Then Rethinks Decision
Maldives launches tender for 12.5 MW of solar
Indian suspect in plot to kill Sikh separatist extradited to US
Man Accused in Plot to Assassinate Sikh Separatist Pleads Not Guilty
Thousands gather in Surrey to honour slain Sikh activist 1 year after his death
New Opportunities in Macao: Macao named Culture City of East Asia 2025
China and Philippines face off over South China Sea collision
Singapore races to clean oil spill as luxury beach resort coated in slick
Laos moves to protect children from measles, rubella

June 18
Religions declining in East Asia, but spirituality remains
Netanyahu says ‘there will be no civil war’ in Israel amid protests
Five residents of Yazgulom jamoat in GBAO’s Vanj district extradited by Russia
Afghanistan: Intensifying Persecution Of Hazaras
Mizoram sees fresh influx of refugees from Bangladesh’s Chittagong hill tracts, total reaches 1,901
CE proud Macao relying less on gaming
NK soldiers cross border prompting warning shots
US lawmakers meet with Tibetan Parliament and Dalai Lama
China rejects bid by Philippines to extend its continental shelf in South China Sea
China-Vietnam tensions flare up over South China Sea

June 19
Fortune Southeast Asia 500
Doctors from Buryatia to study in First Central Hospital in Ulaanbaatar
Luxury brands eye Bahrain
China fears spark Indian race for cobalt in contested ocean waters
Putin says Russia and North Korea will help each other if attacked, taking ties to a ‘new level’
The World Bank and IMF have set their sights on East Timor, a state officially born in May 2002

June 20: World Refugee Day
Russia’s Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area wishes to bolster IT cooperation with Vietnam
Kuwait announces power cuts as demand spikes in summer heat
Hezbollah leader threatens Cyprus as tensions with Israel ramp up
Survivors of Yazidi Genocide gain inspiration from Öcalan’s democratic ideas
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & China: When is a done deal really done?
Bhutan’s digital identity | Ujjwal Deep Dahal, VOX 81
FAO Enhances Agricultural Training with Successful ToT Program in Balochistan
Macao a perfect blend of historic charm, modern flair
China changed village names ‘to erase Uyghur culture’
Human rights groups call for UN update, action on China’s Xinjiang
US civil rights activists slam China suppression of Xinjiang Uyghur Muslim population
‘Only pirates do this’: Philippines accuses China of using bladed weapons in major South China Sea escalation
Thailand: art therapy as a lifeline for Rohingya refugee children caught in limbo
World Refugee Day: “We mustn’t forget the Rohingya!”
World Refugee Day: Bangladesh monsoon, landslides add to Rohingya woes

June 21
Once the pride of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific becomes government’s punchbag
Integrating climate and clean air planning in Central Asia
Pakistan: Protesters in Balochistan demand safe return of ‘disappeared’ people
Canadian Sikhs thought they were safe to protest against India. Then one of them was gunned down
Participants highlight green growth, digitalization at int’l infrastructure forum in Macao
North Korea building border ‘wall’, satellite images reveal
Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Pressured to Join Myanmar’s Civil War

June 22
Not much to celebrate on ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights 15th anniversary
Jordanian police discover, detonate explosives in Amman-area apartment
Kyrgyzstan insists construction of controversial mega project go on
‘Explore Maldives’ Roadshow To Boost Indian Tourism
Balochistan on boil: Why situation is turning bleak for Pakistan and its army
China threatens death penalty for Taiwan independence ‘diehards’
Caught Between Allies: China’s North Korea Dilemma

June 23
Santiago Buitrago leads Bahrain victorious line-up to Tour de France
Sri Lanka navy arrests 22 India fishermen for alleged illegal fishing
Rehabilitate Dalit, Adivasi Families Displaced by Sardar Sarovar Dam

June 24
Malaysia’s Sea Nomads: Trapped Between Southeast Asia’s High and Low Politics
Why Asia’s time is now: what’s fueling Asian growth and what does it mean for the rest of the world?
Why did Muslim-majority Tajikistan ban the hijab?
Maldives: 5.5% Growth Will Be The New Norm
Sikh assassinations: Are the US and Canada raising the heat on India?
UK: Sikh procession celebrates 50 years of local temple
‘China has no right to punish the people of Taiwan’, says President Lai
US blacklists Brunei, Sudan on human trafficking, removes Algeria

June 25
Perspectives: Islamic State-Khorasan Province posing rising threat to Central Asia
How Oman Looks to Grow Tourism: No Mega-Hotels Here
How the UAE became a magnet for millionaires
Germany reaffirms commitment to Yezidi refugees at Lalish Conference
Diversifying Kazakhstan’s Exports
OSCE Chair-in-Office Ian Borg concludes visit to Kazakhstan, reiterates continued engagement with the country
IsDB & Kazakhstan Sign Framework Program Agreement, Discuss Water Resource Management & Private Sector Development
Two years on from Karakalpakstan violence, activists struggle to make voice heard
Government committee begins review of Laos’ constitution in order to recommend changes

June 26
How Qatar’s economic and investment landscape is evolving
5 countries urge citizens to leave Lebanon amid fears of war with Israel
OSCE Chair-in-Office Borg concludes visit to Tajikistan, stresses importance of regional responses to common challenges
Uzbek Lawmakers Take Aim at ‘Undesirable’ Foreigners
Maldives, US vow to enhance maritime cooperation
Unlocking Bhutan’s Primary Health Care future through Innovation and Collaboration
India eyeing cobalt in disputed waters with Sri Lanka
Marking a milestone in boosting foreign investments: Iraq signs the Singapore Convention
Papal Mass in Singapore offers 40,000 tickets in online ballot

June 27
OSCE Media Freedom Representative concludes successful Central Asia event on safety of journalists
Kuwait: Authorities must end wave of repression against critics
Speculation Is Rife About the Future of Kuwait’s Parliament
Revisiting Horrors of Yazidi Genocide in Sinjar 10 Years On
Regional co-operation and connectivity at the centre of OSCE Chair-in-Office Ian Borg’s visit to Kyrgyzstan
China’s Xinjiang Offers Kazakhstan Assistance in Cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao
North Korea says it conducted successful test of multiwarhead missile
Vietnam confronts China with island building in South China Sea
Cambodia now has its own version of WhatsApp. Critics fear it could be used for surveillance
What’s Unsaid | Who can the Rohingya rely on?
Hmong Freedom Festival expected to draw thousands to St. Paul’s Como Park

June 28
Kyrgyzstan, EU Sign Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement
Net damage: On the fisheries dispute, India and Sri Lanka
Bangladesh: over 100 Indigenous people arbitrarily arrested
Adivasis in Andhra benefit significantly from ‘doorstep delivery’ of rations
Meet modern Mongolia
Hong Kong: At least 900 journalism jobs lost, media in exile after four years of draconian National Security Law

June 29
Mongolia’s ruling party wins slim majority in vote dominated by corruption
China-financed Laos railway expands Beijing’s reach in Southeast Asia

June 30: International Day of Parliamentarism
ASEAN Environmental Rights Declaration Needs Transparency
BJP will never allow dalit, adivasi supporters to live in peace: Jharkhand CM Champai Soren
East Timor’s Progress: The Role of the United Nations

July 1
1997 July 1: Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong
Wildfire Emergencies Declared in Russia’s Far East Republics of Tyva, Sakha
Kuwait’s central bank approves launch of new WAMD instant payments system
Iraqi police arrest 3 militants for arson in Kurdistan
EU and UNDP together with the Global Water Partnership of Kyrgyzstan promote the NEXUS approach for climate resilience in Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan: 2 Years on, No Justice in Autonomous Republic
The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway: Between optimism and concern
World Bank Announces New Country Manager for Maldives
Sri Lanka’s Defense Cooperation with India: Strengthening Ties or Strategic Dependence?
19 prisoners escape in major jailbreak in Pakistan-administered Kashmir
At global indigenous studies meet, we presented the Adivasi view from India – for the first time

July 2
Bahrain and Iran Aim to Restore Ties
Qatar Stock Market Aims To Boost Product Range And Liquidity
Turkey closes border with Syria in face of violence
Seven protesters killed in north Syria clashes with Turkish forces: new toll
UN secretary-general hopes for peaceful settlement of border disputes between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
‘Slow Death Of Journalism’ Alleged Amid Uzbek Crackdown On Karakalpaks
Why the Mongolian President’s First State Visit to Uzbekistan Matters
Sri Lanka to save $5bn from bilateral debt deal
Chinese authorities arrest 2 ethnic Kazakh TV journalists in Xinjiang
Is Laos Planning to Sell Off More of Its Energy Sector to China?
Cambodia jails green activists for ‘anti-state plot’
Cambodia: Smear Campaign against Labor Group

July 3
East Asia Summit (EAS) Ambassadors in Jakarta gather for the Second Meeting of the EAS Group and EAS Group Retreat
Iraq: Kurdistan Region’s authorities failing survivors of domestic violence
After delays, Iraqi Kurdistan sets ‘final date’ for regional legislative polls
Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls through Sewing in Turkmenistan
Pakistan, Tajikistan pledge to strengthen cooperation
China backs Kazakhstan’s bid to join BRICS: Xi tells Tokayev
Xi arrives in Kazakhstan for state visit, SCO summit with focus on bolstering cooperation
Kazakhstan: Full justice for late activist and blogger Aidos Sadykov
Beijing and Moscow Go From ‘No Limits’ Friendship to Frenemies in Russia’s Backyard
Caring and Fierce, Jailed Adivasi Activist Suneeta Pottam Fights Injustice Everyday In Bastar
In Hong Kong, the gradual erosion of the rule of law
China seizes Taiwan boat with crew for illegal fishing
The fate of the Rohingya may be in the Arakan Army’s hands

July 4
Deny and Destroy: The Suppression of Indigenous Languages in Asia
Japan to help Southeast Asia develop AI in local languages
The realities faced by Russia’s national minorities are history repeating itself
US under growing pressure to take action against UAE in Sudan
The Delusion, Once Again, of a ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria
First qualitative research study conducted in Turkmenistan focuses on HPV vaccination
Iran agrees to facilitate Turkmenistan gas transit to Iraq
Presidents of Uzbekistan and China discuss cooperation
This country has a national happiness index. But what is it really like to live there?

July 5
2009 July 5th: Urumqi Massacre, Xinjiang
Vatican publishes schedule of pope’s four-nation visit to Asia
Fossil Fueled Comfort—The History and Cost of Air Conditioning in Bahrain
Vinci in Qatar: court confirms indictment for forced labor
Indonesia hosts UN meeting to garner support for Palestine
Kazakhstan Explores Cooperation Prospects With Mongolia, Turkmenistan & India
Xi Jinping Arrives in Dushanbe for a State Visit to Tajikistan
China’s Xi Pledges Support For Tajikistan’s ‘Territorial Integrity’
Taiwan reports Chinese military aircraft, ships operating around island
15 years after Xinjiang unrest, China fends off criticism of hardline rule

July 6
Israeli strike kills Hezbollah member in east Lebanon
Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC
In Cambodia, reporting on illegal scam centers brings threats

July 7
Suppressing Karakalpakstan’s Sovereignty
Sri Lanka to lift ban on foreign research ships in 2025 amid rising Indian Ocean tensions involving China, India
Two Indian soldiers, six rebels killed in Kashmir gun battles
In West Bengal, for the first time, an Adivasi scholar’s digital archive is documenting rare Santali manuscripts

July 8
North Korea Freedom Week
Shadow campaign: Global influence op targets Qatar in wartime
How the Gaza conflict is affecting people in Lebanon
30 Years Since Capital Decision, Astana A Magnet For Kazakhstan’s Transplants
Ambitious projects, global support transform ID management in the Maldives
Suspected rebels kill 4 Indian soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir
Navigating informal institutions: supporting wetland management in Laos

July 9
UNESCO and UNICEF webinar to address challenges of multilingual classrooms in linguistically diverse Asia-Pacific region
Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveals Design for the Qatar Pavilion for Expo Osaka 2025
Container Transport from China to Turkmenistan
Sri Lanka to wrap up bond talks soon, seek to balance India and China ties
Taliban Intends To Destroy Prominent Hazara Leader’s Memorial Monument In Western Kabul
Balochistan gears up for July 28 Baloch National Gathering
Papal visit a ‘source of hope’ for East Timor
Statelessness – the Root Cause of the Rohingya Crisis – Needs to Be Addressed

July 10
Central Asia Health Investment Plan agreed
Children in Gaza need life-saving support
United Arab Emirates sentences 43 activists to life in prison
Bhutan: Urgently Reform Justice System, Prison Conditions
Political drama ‘Pada’ is based on real events, explores Adivasi land rights
Telangana Adivasi woman sexually assaulted, tortured for fighting land grab

July 11
Taiwan Indigenous artists showcase work in New Zealand
UNV launches the first regional report on volunteering in Central Asia
Jordan opens in Amman the first NATO office in the Middle East
Iraq Sentences ISIS Leader’s Wife to Death Over Crimes Against Yazidis
UN urges Tajikistan to immediately release Gorno-Badakhshan activists
Kazakhstan Strengthens Position in Global Mineral Markets
Nepal’s Travel Industry Hopes For Gains As China Pledges to Send More Tourists
UK: Record number of Sikh MPs elected to Parliament
Taiwan says record number of Chinese warplanes detected amid NATO summit
Uyghurs demand end to genocide in Xinjiang on anniversary of Urumqi unrest

July 12
Open Call for Bahrain Pavilion at Venice Biennale
Tracking China’s soft power diplomacy in Nepal
Forced labour in Mongolia
President Biden signs Resolve Tibet Act, strengthening US support for Tibet negotiations
Confrontations in South China Sea surge, raising fears a miscalculation could lead to conflict
How Hmong women in Wisconsin are tackling domestic violence in their communities

July 13
Modi tells Indian bishops government not responsible for anti-Christian pressures
Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

July 14
Palestinians observe strike in West Bank against killings by Israel in Gaza
Laos central bank shake-up reveals forex crisis, China dependence

July 15: Third Week of July: Captive Nations Week
Kuwait Oil Company announces ‘giant’ oil and gas discovery
Israel and the occupied territories: Key Facts and Figures from 7 October 2023 to 30 June 2024
Baghdad’s new approach to Turkey’s offensive in Iraqi Kurdistan
Balochistan: Police Unleash Violence on Peaceful Protest Against Civilian’s ‘Abduction’

July 16
More than 115,000 people without electricity in russian Buryatia due to accident at power plant
Rare Attack in Oman on Shiite Worshipers Leaves 6 People Dead
Leaving Syria’s civil war to be a mercenary in Africa
‘Big brother’ to ‘Brother’, a Nepal-India reset
In Balochistan, Pakistan again tries to find a military solution to a political problem
Tribals open Adivasi Traditional Centre at Vanjangi in ASR district to showcase their culture to tourists
China’s Tibet policy under brighter spotlight after U.S. law, U.N. review
Researcher explains how Uighurs are exploited in Xinjiang forced labor regime

July 17
2,500-year-old Taiwan human skeletons indicate indigenous tribes on island chewed betel nuts
Vietnam denies repression of 2 Montagnards
Domestic politics, regional contention cast shadow on Iraq-Kuwait ties
Maternity and Paternity benefits launched in Oman: pioneering social insurance reforms in the Gulf region
Bhutan’s first AI startup is seven college kids in a dorm
Timor-Leste preparing for historic visit from Pope Francis
Activists say Rohingya refugees are hounded in India

July 18
Senior militant among five reported dead in Israel strikes on Lebanon
Israel Considers Letting EU, Palestinians Control Rafah Crossing
In Kyrgyzstan, an ‘unprecedented crackdown’ on free press raises alarm
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan taking steps toward fulfilling green energy export vision
A Journey Into Rebel-Held Myanmar

July 19
Attacks, arrests, threats, censorship: The high risks of reporting the Israel-Gaza war
Iraq to keep displaced Yazidi camps open as PKK occupies Sinjar
On North Korea’s tense border, Swiss and Swedes keep a fragile peace

1963 July 22: Sarawak Independence Day
1965 July 26: Maldives Independence Day
2014 July 28: Yarkand Massacre, Xinjiang
July 30: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
1944 August 2: European Holocaust Memorial Day for Sinti and Roma
2014 August 3: Genocide of Yazidis by ISIL
August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
1965 August 9: Singapore National Day
1947 August 11: Balochistan National Day
1947 August 14: Pakistan Independence Day, Youm-e-Azadi
1945 August 15: National Liberation Day of Korea
1947 August 15: India Independence Day
1945 August 17: Indonesian Declaration of Independence
1919 August 19: Afghan Independence Day