Asia: Rights and Opportunities

The UAE sold arms to both warring parties in Sudan

How Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Pushed Through Asia’s First Cannabis Legalization

UAE spacecraft snaps close-up of Mars’ little moon
US Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Meredov
China, Turkiye To Build High Voltage Network In Uzbekistan
Hundreds attend pilgrimage to honor first Adivasi Servant of God

Russia’s Republic of Khakassia eyes multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam
‘Dead or alive’: Iraq’s Yazidis anxiously await IS-abducted relatives
Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine deepens divide between autocracies and democracies
British American Tobacco to pay $635m for North Korea sanctions breaches
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Shandong Back in South China Sea

Tajikistan pleads poverty, spends money on unneeded luxuries
Kazakhstan spooked by U.S. warning of secondary sanctions
Bhutan wants a border deal with China: Will India accept?
Nepal to give priority to relations with India, China
China detains Taiwan-based man who published books critical of Communist Party
Tangaraju Suppiah: Singapore executes man for supplying cannabis

Iran Navy Seizes Marshall Islands Oil Tanker in Gulf of Oman
Kyrgyzstan: Closure of Azattyk Radio (RFE/RL) is a major blow to media freedom
Tajikistan’s ‘Lenient’ Judge Goes On Trial In Case Shrouded In Secrecy
Uzbekistan: Slick campaign drums up support for new-look constitution
World’s highest railway bridge to open in Kashmir soon
China: “Vocational training” programmes threaten Tibetan identity, carry risk of forced labour, say UN experts
Discriminated on return: Tibetans denied rights, opportunities when reentering Tibet
Thailand: Detained Uyghur Asylum Seeker Dies
Brunei introduces mandatory carbon reporting

Overlooking Israel from Lebanon border, Iran’s FM says ‘Zionist collapse’ is near
Tajikistan reports unrest on its Afghanistan border
India putting China on its backfoot in Nepal
Deputy education minister: Teachers’ crisis in Ctg Hill Tracts to resolve soon
China flies combat drone around Taiwan; US Navy plane transits strait

Qatar to host men’s basketball World Cup in 2027
Iran FM plants olive tree at Lebanon border with Israel
Govt’s efforts to implement CHT peace accord recognised by UN
North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s sister warns of more military drills after US pact with South Korea
“Sinicization” of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang: An Indian View

Suspected IS group leader ‘neutralised’ by Turkish agents in Syria, Erdogan says
Houthis free Yemeni military commander after 8 years in captivity
The power of cultural identity on psychological well-being: Singing, trauma and the resilience of the Yazidi population of northern Iraq
Uzbekistan votes on changes that extend president’s tenure
Chinese Tourists Flock to Gambling Hub Macao for Labor Day Holiday

Kuwait again dissolves reinstated parliament by decree
Arab diplomats meet in Amman to discuss rapprochement with Syria
Syria agrees to curb drug trade at Arab ministers meeting
Houthis launch summer camps
Tajikistan’s Pamirs: A Perfect Political Storm on the Roof of the World
Medha Bisht on Understanding the China-Bhutan Boundary Dispute
Pakistan – Deadly Floods in Balochistan Province
Diplomats visiting Xinjiang urged to speak with ‘a strong voice’ on behalf of China

Siberian Actor Flees Russia After Slashing Wrists On Stage
Buryat Anti-War Activist’s Son Held in ‘Prison Conditions’ in Juvenile Detention
Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan: Apparent War Crimes in Border Conflict
USCIRF Again Highlights Violations of Religious Freedoms in Central Asia
A Closer Look at the Growing Chinese Presence in Uzbekistan
China congratulates Uzbekistan on smooth referendum over new constitution
Hong Kong to Slash Directly Elected Seats in Setback to Democracy
Tibet’s exiled government pushes China on sovereignty claims in bid for leverage
Shein: China fashion giant faces US calls for probe over Uyghur claims

May 3: World Press Freedom Day
New Buddhist Monastery Consecrated in Tuva
‘State of terror’ hangs over Syrians in Lebanon amid deportations
In ‘Operation Ezra,’ Canadian Jews helped Yazidis fleeing Islamic State persecution
Kyrgyzstan: Parliament squeezes out rights ombudswoman
Indian Defense Minister Visits Maldives
India ‘Shadowboxes’ China In The Maldives; Looks To Knock Out Chinese Challenge In The Indian Ocean Nation
Balochistan: A minefield for journalists
The Complicated Untold Story of Japan’s Ainu People

Top ten crude oil-producing fields in Former Soviet Union
Kazakhstan to ban oil products supplies via rail to Russian port of Taman
Activist Starts Hunger Strike In Kazakhstan Demanding Release Of Karakalpaks Jailed In Uzbekistan
China: Phone Search Program Tramples Uyghur Rights
South Korea Can Play a More Active Role in the South China Sea
Laos activist Anousa Luangsuphom survived cafe shooting, rights group says

Bhutan has secretly mined Bitcoin in the Himalayas for years – and it did it sustainably
Bhutan: King Should Free Political Prisoners
5 Indian Soldiers Killed in Operation Against Kashmir Militants
‘There will be only one voice’: Hong Kong stifles its grassroots democracy
Chinese troops to hold rare joint military exercise in Laos
Flags, Fireworks as Cambodia Kicks Off SEA Games
Rohingya delegation visits Myanmar amid latest repatriation plans

Build A Stadium, FIFA Chief Urges Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan Sign Business Deals Worth over $1.8 Billion
India steps up rupee’s internationalisation for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery
Implementing CHT Accord: Will the government listen to the UN call?
Former MP Midiam Babu Rao re-elected president of Telangana Adivasi Girijana Sangham
Japan PM Visits Seoul to Forge Closer Ties Amid North Korea Threats
China reports record May Day visitors to Tibet as police investigate a corpse under a Lhasa hotel room bed

Arab League: Syria reinstated as Assad rehabilitation continues
Yemeni govt, Houthis clash in Taiz, causing multiple casualties
Australia returns Ainu remains to Japan after 80 years

National Bank of Bahrain Q1 attributable net profit rises 15% to record $59.4mln
EU targets Central Asia in drive to stop sanctioned goods reaching Russia
Chakma Leader from Chittagong Hill Tracts on India visit

Oman, Belgium sign pact for green hydrogen certificate pilot
Saudi Arabia and Syria to resume diplomatic missions after decade-long freeze: state media
‘Mind-boggling’ methane emissions from Turkmenistan revealed
Boosting food security in Tajikistan’s mountainous terrain
Uzbekistan calls extraordinary election as energy ties with Russia grow
Uzbekistan-Russia Energy Relations: A Tale of 2 Problems
Central Asian Leaders Shun ‘Reputational Costs’ To Join Putin’s Victory Day Parade
British investment minister visits Hong Kong, first official visit in 5 years

Bahrain plans international commercial court based on Singapore model
Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iran hold high-level talks in Moscow
Houthis abduct at least 40 people from Yemeni village
Kazakhstan Invites China Xinjiang Investors To Join In Agricultural Projects
Macao expo touts Chinese advances in AI and sustainability
Hong Kong to ban foreign lawyers from national security cases
Secretary Blinken concerned about Tibetan mass DNA collection
Volkswagen stands firm on China’s Xinjiang plant amid Uyghur activist’s protest
Teves’ bid for political asylum in East Timor denied

Russian Officials Play ‘Hunger Games’ Music as They Honor Fallen Soldier
Syria Is Normalizing Relations With Arab Countries. Who Will Benefit?
Iran still smuggling weapons, narcotics to Yemen, U.S. envoy says
Russia to ‘Develop’ Its Military Facilities in Kyrgyzstan
Turkmen President Pays Visit to Tajikistan
Cluster of Chinese vessels spotted near Russian rig off Vietnam – ship monitors

Buryatia: Attorney faces felony charges for refusing to testify against client, jailed for ‘striking’ policemen with ballpoint pen
Uzbekistan: Why Karakalpakstan deserves its own guidebook
The ballot of Mirziyoyev In Uzbekistan, an old power play gives the president a new start
What’s Behind Declining Adivasi Population In Jharkhand?
Indigenous Adivasi groups urge PM Modi to take direct charge of Indo-Naga peace negotiation; adopts 2 resolutions
Hong Kong political cartoonist axed after 40 years following criticism from officials
How Brunei can reduce its fiscal dependence on oil
Laos activist who survived shooting leaves country

More than a dozen dead in Balochistan attack in Pakistan

Jharkhand: 35-year-old Adivasi man lynched on suspicion of theft

1948 May 15: Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe in Palestine
Negotiating Saudi Arabia’s defeat and the Houthi victory in Yemen
The last Ismaili khalifa in the mountains of Tajikistan
In Bhutan, Real Citizens Don’t Eat Meat
Adivasi Sangha holds demo at Khariar PS, RD office
UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Questions China on Situation of Tibetan Women in Tibet
Myanmar Rohingya: What future for the refugee baby lucky to survive?

1944 May 16: Day of Sinti, Romani and Roma resistance
1954 May 16: Kengir uprising, Kazakhstan
Explosion thundered on gas pipeline in Khanty-Mansi, one person dead
France issues arrest warrant for Lebanon’s central bank chief
Cop28 host UAE’s approach is ‘dangerous’, says UN’s ex-climate chief
Turkmenistan Considers Sending Natural Gas Supplies to Europe
India is using the G20 summit to further its settler-colonial ambitions in Kashmir
In Jharkhand’s Marda Village, Adivasis’ Face Off With Govt Over Forest Land Titles
Tiananmen Square books removed from Hong Kong libraries in run-up to anniversary
How Beijing Forces Uyghurs to Pick Cotton
Brunei becomes 11th nation to ratify CPTPP trade deal

1995 May 17: Panchen Lama’s abduction in Tibet
May 17: Endangered Species Day
Qatar steps up to join bidders for next Rugby League World Cup in 2025
UK-UAE inaugural Strategic Dialogue 2023: joint communiqué
Chinese investors discuss construction of 1GW solar power plant in Kyrgyzstan
EBRD 2023: Bullish Kyrgyzstan mulls IPOs, new loans for development
Nestled in the Himalayas, Bhutan is stuck between India and China as the Asian superpowers rise
I am finally reunited with my family after 13 years. But the threat for Hazaras in Afghanistan remains
Is India projecting ‘normalcy’ in Kashmir by holding G20 meeting?
Explainer: Who are the Kuki-Chin Army in Chittagong Hill Tracts?
An Adivasi in Seattle
An Adivasi scholar’s death and the myth of casteless Bengal
‘Wanted to encourage girls like me’: An Adivasi scholar on her complex path to education
Visiting Taiwan, ex-UK PM Liz Truss calls for tough line on China
South Korea, Canada to cooperate on North Korea threat, energy
The Three Worlds of Xinjiang
Fashion Groups Face New Uyghur Forced Labor Complaint in France

Singapore’s Whampoa Group to set up digital bank HQ in Bahrain
Turkmenistan Steps Up Its Effort to Become an International Transit Hub
China woos Central Asia as Ukraine war weakens Russian influence
Tibet Groups in Switzerland Renew Calls for the Release of 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet
Vietnam rebukes China, Philippines over South China Sea conduct
Cyclone Mocha Devastates Myanmar’s Rohingya
Bangladesh: New Risks for Rohingya Refugees

Syria’s Assad attends first Arab league summit in 12 years, meets with African leaders
EU-Kazakhstan strategic partnership becomes operational
Microsoft Translator adds four new languages – Konkani, Maithili, Sindhi, and Sinhala
US and Taiwan draw closer with new trade pact opposed by China

2002 May 20: East Timor Independence Day
Qatar’s embassy in Sudan attacked

Bahrain to restore full diplomatic relations with Lebanon
Macron makes first French presidential visit to Mongolia

Ethnic minorities in Russia are campaigning for the breakup of the country
Hezbollah conducts wargames near Lebanon’s border with Israel
Houthis Sign Deal With China For Oil Exploration In Yemen
Karakalpakstan’s Sovereignty in Mirziyoyev’s Uzbekistan
China’s Sinopec to enter Sri Lanka retail fuel market
The CHT Peace Accord: Progress made, but needs full implementation
Mongolia to supply critical metals to France, Macron says

‘Worst yet to come’ for Europe energy shortages: Qatar minister
Parliament brawl in Iraqi Kurdistan raises questions about détente
Turkish drone strike kills several Yazidi fighters in Iraq
Uzbek Airline Blocks Kazakh Rights Activist From Boarding Bishkek-Tashkent Flight
International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission demands the protection of civilians’ lives in Bandarban
China boycotts G20 meeting held by India in Kashmir region
Bitcoin climbs back above $27,000 after Hong Kong greenlights some retail crypto trading
Japan and South Korea have a lot at stake in a free and open South China Sea
Gusmao looks set for return as opposition wins East Timor poll

Oman’s Sultan Will Travel to Iran on Sunday, Oman State TV Says
China prioritising Turkmenistan over Russia in next big pipeline project
India’s Hosting of G20 Meeting in Disputed Kashmir Raises Questions of International Acceptance
Cambodia: Land Rights Activists Face Baseless Charges

1946 May 25: Jordan Independence Day
1948 May 25: Day of Heroes of Fight Against Totalitarianism
Qatar, Bahrain resume direct flights after 6-year break
New TIR route activated along China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan corridor
Cambodia’s opposition disqualified from election, appeal fails
Cambodia: Casino Union Leader Chhim Sithar and Strikers Convicted

China’s gambling hub opens $2 billion resort with a giant copy of London’s Big Ben

May 30: International Day of Parliamentarism
1984 June 1: Operation Blue Star at the Sikh Golden Temple
1989 June 4: Tiananmen Square protests/June 4th Incident
1898 June 12: Day of Freedom in Philippines
June 15: International Uyghur Language Day
June 20: World Refugee Day