South Korea Grants Refugee Status to Gay Pakistani Asylum Seeker

  Seoul Administrative Court Due in part to the strong cultural influence of Confucianism, South Korea is a conservative society with a generally negative public perception of homosexuality. It was not until 2000, when Korean celebrity Seok-cheon Hong publicly announced…

Treating Addiction Through Force

Drug users in Cambodia are subject to arbitrary arrest and commitment to drug treatment facilities, but in a startling development may now also be unwilling participants in an experimental drug trial. In December 2009, police in Phnom Penh reportedly arrested…

Vietnamese Buddhist Monks and Nuns Driven into Hiding

  Several hundred members of the Buddhist Bat Nha monastery, followers of internationally-renowned monk Thich Naht Hahn, have been driven into hiding, illustrating Vietnam’s continued failure to respect religious freedom. The monks and nuns left the Phuoc Hue pagoda in…