India: Forcible kidnapping and the arbitrary and illegal detention of student leader Pooja Shukla by the police in Lucknow and continuing harassment and intimidation
August 1, 2018
On 28 July 2018, Pooja Shukla, student leader and WHRD, was forcibly kidnapped and the arbitrary and illegal detained.
On 29 June 2019, Vietnamese WHRD Cao Hoang Tram Anh has been kidnapped and tortured for hours after participating in recent peaceful demonstrations to protest two bills on Special Economic Zones and Cyber Security, the victim told Defend the Defenders.
On 22 June 2018, At least five women working for an NGO have been abducted and gang-raped at gunpoint in eastern India’s Jharkhand state, police have said.
Philippines: Police nabs labor activist for alleged possession of firearm, bomb components
June 11, 2018
On 3 June 2018, Juan Alexander Reyes, labour activitst and leader of the Sandigang Manggagawa, was arrested by after authorities under trupmed up charges that state he was found with an illegal firearm and bomb components in his possession.
On 6 June 2018, Gul Bukhari, Pakistani journalist and WHRD who is vocal critic of Pakistan’s powerful military particularly in the run-up to a July 25 general election, was abducted by unknown agent, and subsequently released after a few hours.
Pakistan: Founded to Protest Pakistan ‘Disappearances’, Group Now Sees Supporters Go Missing
May 17, 2018
Beginning 1 May 2018, dozens of its activists have been detained across the country, while newspaper columnists have had articles on PTM rejected. Moreover, in the weeks leading up to a protest on 13 May, PTM’s leadership said Rangers and unidentified security officials detained and interrogated more than 100 of its supporters and kept nearly 30 workers in custody.
On April 22 2018, a member of a Pakistani leftist youth organization went missing in Karachi after demonstrating in support of an ethnic rights movement that has worried the country’s security establishment. 8 others have disappeared since this time.
On 16 April 2018, Nurulhaq Nur, Muhammad Rashed Khan and Faruk Hasan, leaders of and joint conveners of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, a platform of students who had been demonstrating for reforms in the country’s quota system in civil service, were taken and detained.
Bangladesh: 2 hill women leaders abducted at gunpoint
March 19, 2018
On 18 March 2018, unidentified criminals attacked a house and abducted two leaders of United People’s Democratic Front-backed Hill Women’s Federation from Kudukchari in Rangamati.
Pakistan: Reporter Taha Siddiqui flees armed abductors
January 23, 2018
On 10 January 2017, a prominent Pakistani journalist has escaped an attempt to abduct him by armed men in the capital Islamabad.