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Exclusive reports, features and analysis on political and social events from across the Asian continent. Every Monday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2015-10-27

Burmese elections: How far will the country open up?

In 2011, it ended a half-century of harsh military rule. Now Burma is set to hold historic general elections on November 8th. But the vote comes as recent government reforms have either stalled or been rolled back. As polling day approaches, we bring you a special edition of the programme where we look at Burma's bid to transform itself.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president but she's leading the campaign for her NLD party. We focus on the challenges she's facing.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Rohingya community are not allowed to vote in the election. We look at why they are persecuted.

Finally, we'll see why the country’s man-made capital Naypyidaw remains largely empty, a decade after it was unveiled.

By Cécile Charlotte BERNET , Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Molly HALL , Stéphanie CHEVAL


2018-11-14 Access Asia

Chinese 're-education' camps: Muslim Uighurs speak out

Every five years, each UN member state's human rights record is examined at a meeting in Geneva. This time around, China was criticised for its so-called "re-education" camps....

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2018-10-31 Access Asia

Deported and devastated: A painful homecoming for Afghan migrants

There is concern that the EU is returning asylum seekers to the very instability they fled in the first place. In early October the bloc reached a deal with the Afghan government...

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2018-10-17 Access Asia

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

In western China, officials say they are fighting extremism by opening so-called "vocational training centres". But human rights groups argue these are actually mass detention...

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2018-10-09 Access Asia

Indonesia tsunami: Survivors describe ordeal

On September 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was rocked by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami. Hundreds of people lost their lives in the twin disasters,...

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2018-09-18 Access Asia

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

In Japan, 82-year-old Iwao Hakamada spent half a century on death row before being released. But the former professional boxer is still locked in a legal back and forth. Today he...

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