On 3 October 2018, Mr. Seelan Palay, a human rights activist and artist who has criticized Singapore’s human rights record on many occasions, was charged for “staging an unlawful performance without a permit” under Section 7 of the 2009 Public Order Act and sentenced to pay a S$2,5000 fine (around 1,570 Euros). Following Mr. Seelan Palay’s refusal to pay the fine, he was ordered to serve a two-week prison term.
On 12 June 2018, Radio Free Asia, a non-profit radio station reporting impartially reported news, including on violations of human rights, recieved a six month ban forbidding them from local broadcasting. This charged is imposed to them as they usedthe term “Rohingyas” to refer to members of the persecuted Muslim community in Rakhine state.
Vietnam: Hanoi-based Activist Summoned for Interrogation After Calling for Arrest of Police General Involving in Kidnaping In Berlin
June 3, 2018
On 1 June 2018, Ngo Duy Quyen, pro-democracy campaigner and human rights defender, was summoned for interrogation for his facebook posts calling for the arrest of Lieutenant General Duong Minh Hung, deputy chief of the General Department of Security under the Ministry of Public Security, who is reportedly sought by Germany’s authorities on relation with the kidnap of former Vietnamese senior officer Trinh Xuan Thanh in Berlin last July.
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.
Thailand: Peace TV to be unplugged for one month
May 10, 2018
On 9 May 2018, Peace TV, a television channel, known for its democratic stance, recieved a letter from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) suspending the licence of the broadcaster, deeming that the content of the channel incited violence.
On 25 April 2018, a representative of the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) said that local police told them not to go ahead with releasing the report, “The Nightmare Returns: Karen hopes for peace and stability dashed”. This was to be released at the Seven Fountains Centre on Chiang Mai province’s Huey Kaew Road, accompanied by an exhibition and panel discussion.
On 8 March 2018, the peaceful rally held by The Pashtun Tahafuz (Protection) Movement, was yet again censored on media platforms.
China: Prominent Chinese Feminist Social Media Account Shuttered on International Women’s Day
March 12, 2018
On 8 March 2018,The Feminist Voices account on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms, received a notice saying it was suspended due to “irregularities”.
Myanmar: Landlord bans journalists holding news conferences
February 28, 2018
On Feburary 25 2018, the owner of the offices of the Myanmar Journalist Network has banned future events at the venue after the Anti-Adhamma Committee tried to hold a news conference there on Sunday that sparked a confrontation.
India: Gyanen Chakravarty arrested for his social media post
September 22, 2017
On 16 September 2017, Gyanen Chakravarty was arrested by personnel from Nalbari police station arrested him from his residence and then brought to Jagiroad police station for questioning because he uploaded videos and photographs of placards of Bajrang Dal (right-wing ideology organisation) inside the AASU office in Jagiroad, Morigaon district in Facebook.