It's Not OK

By Radio Free Asia | The illustrated stories of women caught in the struggle for human rights in China, North Kora, and Southeast Asia.

Park Sun-young (South Korea) — Women in Human Rights

She also speaks up for the so-called “comfort women,” Korean women and girls who were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World …

Korean Peninsula

Sivanxai Phommalath (Laos) — Women in Human Rights

Corruption, mismanagement, and abuse from local police swiftly followed. Phommalath’s family of three saw their plot of land expropriated, along with …

Tran Thi Nga (Vietnam) — Women in Human Rights

But still she doesn't let go. “You don't receive complaints from citizens,” she continues to shout. “You cover up for police harming citizens.”<p>“They …

Gao Yu (China) — Women in Human Rights

Gao’s career began the year that her country made a 180-degree turn toward a market economy. In 1979, as then-leader Deng Xiaoping launched economic …

Dechen Pemba (Tibet) — Women in Human Rights

“My work today is dedicated to supporting voices from inside Tibet and the Chinese People’s Republic,” she said at the 2011 Geneva Summit on Human …

Susanna Hla Hla Soe (Myanmar) — Women in Human Rights

But more than 50 years of military rule and ethnic conflicts have destroyed these freedoms. Many Myanmar women—particularly members of ethnic …

Nurungul Tohti (Uyghur) — Women in Human Rights

Already a widow at age 33, Tohti was working in 2009 as a fruit seller in the northern Chinese city of Dalian when her son was kidnapped. She had …

Sisters, Mothers, Daughters and Wives — Women in Human Rights

SHE HAS LANGUISHED UNDER HOUSE ARREST since her husband, who remains in jail, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Without being charged with any …

Yorm Bopha and Tep Vanny (Cambodia) — Women in Human Rights

Convicted of “intentional violence” and led away by police in December 2012, Yorm Bopha yelled: “Who does the judge work for? Does the judge work for …

Zin Mar Aung (Myanmar) — Women in Human Rights

But she was suddenly released in 2009—“Pick up your stuff and go outside” is the summary order she recalls—and went on to found the Yangon School of …

Patigul Ghulam (Uyghur) — Women in Human Rights

“Your mother incited the people against our government by raising an outcry in public,” the authorities told Ghulam’s daugther, Patime Eli, who had …

Ding Zilin (China) — Women in Human Rights

Chinese officials have characterized the 1989 demonstrations as “political turmoil,” and have charged participants with “counterrevolutionary …

Jiao Xia (China) — Women in Human Rights

He was subsequently accused of “economic crimes” and sentenced to four years in jail for “extortion.” “I think he touched a raw nerve,” Jiao Xia told …

Do Thi Minh Hanh (Vietnam) — Women in Human Rights

Do is a pretty girl with a beautiful singing voice. She was born on March 13, 1985 in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, a scenic and …

Ng Shui Meng (Laos) — Women in Human Rights

What has happened to Sombath, a highly respected civil society worker who dedicated his life to helping the poor in Laos?<p>Lao officials in the …

Rinchen Khando Choegyal (Tibet) — Women in Human Rights

The family’s hometown of Kardze is now a part of China’s Sichuan Province. And the ancient monastery, destroyed and then rebuilt, today shelters …

Dr. Lee Ae-ran (North Korea) — Women in Human Rights

“I am one of those displaced people from North Korea. I feel obligated to represent them,” she said at the time to the South Korean publication Daily …

Women in Human Rights

• Forward (Libby Liu, president of RFA)<br>• Yorm Bopha and Tep Vanny (Cambodia)<br>• Susanna Hla Hla Soe (Myanmar)<br>• Zin Mar Aung (Myanmar)<br>• Nurungul Tohti …

Sisters, Mothers, Daughters and Wives — Women in Human Rights

Chiuna<p>Ni Yulan<p>Jailed, crippled and rendered homeless, she continues to speak out.<p>Uyghur<p>Nurungul Tohti<p>She took action when the police refused to do so.<p>…

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