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
India: Rachakonda cops block activist on Twitter
November 5, 2018
On 11 October 2018, Vijay, who was instrumental in the implementation of the free parking rule in multiplexes in the city, alleged that the Rachakonda police had blocked his Twitter account.
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.