Uighur Protesters Sentenced to Death

China’s far western Xinjiang province, rich in oil and gas deposits, is home to the Uighurs, one of China’s minority groups. Representing less than one percent of China’s total population but about forty percent of the inhabitants of Xinjiang province,…

Child Abduction by Parents in Japan

  On January 30, 2010, ambassadors from the United States and seven Western nations met with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada to urge Japan to address its child custody issues; the current Japanese system enables parents who abduct their children…

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…