Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 27, 2014

South Korea seeks death penalty for captain of sunken Sewol ferry

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, and life sentences for three key crew members, a court official said. Prosecutors also requested that a district court sentence ...

North Korea mounts breezy charm offensive to avoid ICC referral

Oct 23, 2014

North Korea mounts breezy charm offensive to avoid ICC referral

For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen’s contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped on his table in the United Nations’ bustling delegates lounge. He hands out his ...

Oct 23, 2014

U.N. urged to refer North Korea to war crimes court

A judge who led a ground-breaking inquiry of North Korea’s dismal rights record urged the United Nations Wednesday to seek war crimes prosecutions of the regime despite Pyongyang’s “charm offensive.” Australian Judge Michael Kirby said the U.N. Security Council should refer North Korea to ...

Oct 20, 2014

22 dead in attack on Han Chinese market in Xinjiang, report says

Four Uighur men armed with knives and explosives attacked a marketplace in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region on Oct. 12, leaving 22 people dead, including police officers, Radio Free Asia said Sunday. The attackers were among the dead. It quoted police as saying the attack ...

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

Oct 20, 2014

Australia abandons controversial Muslim veil segregation plan

A controversial plan to make Muslim women wearing the face-covering veil sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia’s Parliament House because of security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry. On October 2, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry decided that ...

Oct 20, 2014

Low expectations as China's ruling Communists ponder legal reforms

Leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party opened a highly-anticipated meeting Monday to discuss how to rule the country in accordance with law. That has fed hopes that the party might move to respect the letter and spirit of the constitution, but some legal experts ...

U.S. to produce marine sought for murder of transgender Filipino

Oct 18, 2014

U.S. to produce marine sought for murder of transgender Filipino

The United States said Saturday it would comply with a Philippine prosecutor’s order to produce a murder suspect and four other U.S. Marines in the investigation into the killing of a transgender Filipino sex worker. The prosecutor ordered the five U.S. Marines to give ...

Philippines summons U.S. Marines in transgender murder case

Oct 18, 2014

Philippines summons U.S. Marines in transgender murder case

Five U.S. Marines have been summoned to appear before a prosecutor in the northern Philippines after Filipino police accused one of them of murdering a transgender sex worker, the foreign department said. The Americans were ordered to attend a hearing by the prosecutor of ...

Kin of transgender murder victim seek jail for U.S. Marine

Oct 17, 2014

Kin of transgender murder victim seek jail for U.S. Marine

Relatives of a transgender Filipino allegedly murdered by a U.S. Marine are demanding that the accused be thrown into a Philippine prison. The family and protesters who took to the streets Wednesday criticized the Manila government for allegedly dragging its heels over the weekend ...