'It's not OK.': The illustrated stories of women caught in the struggle for human rights in China, North Korea, and Southeast Asia.

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'It's not OK' is a collection of portraits of Asian women caught in the struggle for human rights in their communities, some willingly, others forced by circumstances. Each is a testimony to the courage and determination of these women. The title, 'It's not OK,' comes from the public cry by one of them, in court, as she heard that her husband's sentence had been extended by eight years.

The second edition includes an additional seven, illustrated portraits of Myanmar, Uyghur, Tibetan, Chinese, Vietnamese,Lao and, Korean women.

Each portrait selected by RFA's nine language services is based on RFA reporting and interviews over the years, in addition to other sources. The e-book also includes multimedia content, including video, graphics, and illustrations,
The women featured in this second edition are: from China, Gao Yu, a veteran journalist, Ding Zilin, a Tiananmen mother, and Jiao Xia, the wife of  jailed investigative journalist Qi Chonghuai; from Vietnam, Tran Thi Nga and Do Thi Minh Hanh, two labor activists; from Myanmar, Susanna Hla Hla Soe, a peace activist, Zin Mar Aung, a former political prisoner who helps other recently released prisoners; from Cambodia, Yorm Bopha and Tep Vanny, land rights activists; from Korea, Park Sun-Young, a politician, and Lee Ae Ran, the first North Korean defector to obtain a doctoral degree who helps other defectors in South Korea; from Laos, Sivanxia Phommalath, a vegetable seller turned activist, and Ng Shui Meng, wife of missing Lao activist Sombath Somphone; from China's Tibetan regions, Dechen Pemba who publishes  Tibetan writers online and Rinchen Khandro Choegyal, who supports overseas Tibetans and nuns in India; and from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Nurungul Tohti and and Patigul Ghulam, both jailed several times for demanding justice for their sons.
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