On 7 May 2018, U Htun Htun Oo, leader of the Human Rights Activists Association, was sentenced to three months in prison for broadcasting live on Facebook a drama deemed to be critical of the Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw).
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.
India: YSRCP activists arrestedin highway blockade
April 12, 2018
On 10 April 2018, YSR Congress Party leaders and activists were arrested during their highway blockade protest in Kurnool district for demanding Special Category Status (SCS) and expressing solidarity with the party MPs staging fast in Delhi.
Maldives: Journalists arrested in continuing crackdown
March 21, 2018
On 16 March 2018, three journalists of opposition-aligned Raajje TV were arrested by Maldivian police, and two of them were charged with criminal offences. Raajje TV has also recently been threatened to shut down and recieved death threats from other actors.
Maldives: Police Arrest and injure protesters in the Maldvices
February 19, 2018
On Februrary 16 2018, dozens of pro-opposition supporters were injured and many were arrested after police in the Maldives broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of President Abdulla Yameen and the release of his political opponents from prison.
Thailand: Thai Junta Charges 50 Anti-Government Activists
February 19, 2018
On 17 Feburary 2018, seven leading activists were reportedly charged with sedition and 43 others with violating a ban on political assembly for the February 10 demonstration, in which 400 people participated.
India: Dalit activist attempts self immolation in Gujarat as response to land deregularisation
February 16, 2018
On 15 Feburary 2018, Bhanu Vankar, Dalit activist, attempted self immolation in front of the Collector Office in Patan, Gujarat, protesting the authorities’ failure to regularise a piece of land allotted to him.
On 8 Febuary 2018, San Rotha, dissident, was arrested for posing a video on Facebook where he called the government ‘authoritarian’ and encouraged the public “to stand up and unite together…[to] get loose from the devil’s hand”
Vietnam: Activist jailed for for livestreaming pollution march
February 7, 2018
On Febuary 6 2018, blogger and environmental activist, Hoàng Duc Bình, was jailed for 14 years for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean.
On 9 January 2018, Yanto Awerkion was arrested for his involvement in a pro-independence petition which gathered more than 1.8m West Papuan signatures.