On 4 April 2019, Lhamjab A. Borjigin, historian and HRD, stood trial on charges of “separatism” and “sabotaging national unity,”
On 2 April 2019, Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, who is the founder of Myanmar’s Human Rights, Human Dignity International Film Festival, has been charged under Article 505(a) of Myanmar’s Penal Code and Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act for writing Facebook posts critical of the armed forces, and denied bail.
Bangladesh: News website reporting allegations of prime minister’s involvement in disappearces censored
May 1, 2019
On 21 March 2019, TheJoban, a Bangladeshi news website was blocked after reporting allegations that the prime minister’s security adviser was involved in the disappearance of three men.
Vietnam: Many Activists Detained, Dozens Other under House Arrest on 40th Anniversary of Chinese Invasion
February 19, 2019
From 15 February 2019, dozens of local activists have been detained and tens of others have been placed under house arrest ahead of the 40th anniversary of China’s invasion of the country’s six northernmost provinces (17 Feb).
India: TN activist goes missing after accusing police of orchestrating last year’s Thoothukudi violence
February 18, 2019
On 15 February 2019, S Mugilan Environmental activist, is reported to have gone missing in Tamil Nadu hours after he addressed a press conference in Chennai, during which he accused senior police officials of orchestrating violence in Thoothukudi during last year’s anti-Sterlite protests, wherein police firing killed at least 13 people.
India: Assam police slap sedition charges on Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi at meeting against citizenship bill
January 15, 2019
On 10 January 2018 Hiren Gohain, who is a public intellectual, Akhil Gogoi, who leads peasants rights organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, and Manjit Mahanta, who are convenors of the Mahanta, Convenor of Forum against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill have been slapped sedition charges for speaking at a public meeting held in Guwahati on January 7 opposing the citizenship bill
On 19 December 2018, a gathering of registered NGOs was abruptly shut down, and their annual civil society workshop cancelled by government authorities.
China: Chinese exiled writer Ma Jian says Tai Kwun art space cancelled his talks at Hong Kong International Literary Festival
November 14, 2018
On 7 November 2018, Ma Jiang, exiled Chinese writer, had his events at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival cancelled likely due to the senstive nature his work touches upon
On 12 November 2018 , Taha Siddiqui and Gul Bukhari, actvists, received complaints from Twitter that their account was in “violation of Pakistani law” as Pakistani authorities put pressure on the company to take ‘legal’ steps against HRDs
China: Political cartoonist Badiucao abruptly cancelled his Hong Kong exhibition — and then went silent
November 14, 2018
On 2 November 2018, Badiucao, a political cartoonist known for drawing cartoons that challenge censorship and dictatorship in China, was forced to cancel his show after recieving threats from the Chinese government