Jailed brothers of RFA reporter await verdicts

RFA reporter Shohret Hoshur continues to wait to hear the fate of his two brothers

Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur continues to wait to hear the fate of his two brothers, Shawket and Rexim Hoshur, both of whom have been arrested on charges of “endangering state security” and “leaking state secrets” in China. The charges are widely thought to be retribution by Chinese authorities for Mr. Hoshur’s breaking coverage of both escalating ethnic Uyghur-Han tensions and the Chinese government’s crackdown on the mostly Muslim minority in the country’s far west. Mr. Hoshur’s reporting has been criticized by Beijing.

Kokang insurgents declare unilateral cease-fire with Burmese troops

Group of protestors sit together in a group

Radio Free Asia’s Mandarin and Myanmar services have had extensive coverage of the four months of hostilities between Burma’s ethnic Kokang group and Burmese forces. The ethnic group declared a unilateral cease-fire with forces on Thursday in a bid to bring stability to the region and prevent the clashes from disrupting general elections scheduled for later this year, an official with the group said.