On 29 March 2019, Maria Ressa, journalist and WHRD, was arrested, allegedly for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media.
On 21 March 2019 Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, labour rights activists, were arrested and their homes raided by authorities
On 6 March 2019, Robertus Robet, a board member of Amnesty International Indonesia, was arrested after he compared a plan to allow senior officers to hold civilian positions to the days of autocratic leader Suharto.
On 5 March 2019, Ha Van Nam, anti-corruption activist, was arrested on allegation of “causing public disorders” in a trumped-up case in a bid to silence his effort to deal with corruption related to road upgrading under BOT (build-operate-transfer) form.
Vietnam: Justice-seeker Nguyen Thi Hue Arrested, Charged with Abusing democratic freedom
April 1, 2019
On 12 March 2019, Nguyen Thi Hue, WHRD was arrested for allegedly “abusing democratic freedom” .
On 13 February 2019, Maria Ressa, who leads the Rappler news website that is known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, was arrested
Pakistan: Academician arrested in Pakistan for protest
February 11, 2019
On 9 February 2019, Ammar Ali Jan, academic and activist, was arrested and had his house raided for protesting against the death of ethnic Pashtun leader earlier this month
On 5 February 2019, 17 of the 25 Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) workers were arrested with Gulalai, WHRD, for holding a protest demonstration outside the National Press Club and sent to Adiala jail.
Myanmar: Dozens of Youth Activists Arrested For Protests Over Aung San Statue in Myanmar’s Kayah State
February 11, 2019
On 4 Febuary 2019, dozens of ethnic Karenni youths calling for the removal of a newly inaugurated statue of national independence hero General Aung San in the state capital Loikaw, were charged with unlawful assembly
Thailand: Students arrested for calling on PM to resign
February 4, 2019
On 2 February 2019, students Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak from Thammasat University and Tanawat Wongchai, from Chulalongkorn University, went to Government House to call on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign and was arrested as a result.