On 30 April 2015, the cases against three ‘fugitive’ student activists Myat Thu, Ye Tint Kyaw and Kyaw Ko Ko were also formally heard, The hearing involved formal procedures such as transferring powers of attorney and setting a hearing of the case against three activists. Meanwhile, 70 activists were yet to be heard. Activists have appeared in Tharawaddy Court were arrested for their part in an education protest on 10 March 2015.
UPDATE 16 June 2015
On 16 June 2015, 70 activists appeared in Tharawaddy district court for their 7th hearing. Several of the accused sought bail, with applications accepted by the court pending approval. Protest leader Min Thwe Thit told DVB that the incarcerated activists were denied medical assistance, and even when they received treatment in prison, the diagnoses was often wrong. Tin Win, who collapsed in Tharawaddy courthouse on 3 June, has received surgery at Rangoon General Hospital. He reportedly received injuries to his neck and ribs after being beaten by police at Letpadan. After collapsing on 10 June when he attended a court hearing, fellow activist Khin Hlaing was hospitalised and found to be suffering from a gastrointestinal rupture. Several other students in Tharawddy prison are still bruised from the beating they received at their arrest and are in need of medical attention.
On 23 April 2015, Mr. Thein Aung Myint, a member of the Myanmar Democratic Current Force (MDCF), was sentenced to six months in prison with labour under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for organising a public protest without official permission in Mandalay. He was accused of leading a demonstration last year, demanding justice after the killing in military custody of journalist Par Gyi.
Malaysia: Trade union members arrested and charged
April 29, 2015
On 23 April 2015, the eleven members of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress were arrested while they were picketing against a tobacco company which allegedly dismissed them without a valid reason. The next day, they were charged in court under Section 13 of the Minor Offences Act for making ‘excessive’ noise in a public area. The next hearing will be held on 26 May 2015.
On 17 April 2015, veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu, who was detained almost a year ago and tried in November for leaking state secrets to foreigners, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Under Article 111 of China’s Criminal Law, the charge against Gao can carry a sentence of anything up to life imprisonment, depending on the gravity of the case.
On 27 March 2015, Mr. Nandar Sitt Aung, prominent activist and former political prisoner, was arrested and detained in Lanmadaw Township police station. He was sent to Thayawady prison on 31 March 2015 and then he was brought before the Letpadan court for an arraignment on same evening. He is facing four charges for his role in the Letpadan student protest.
Burma: 2 HRDs were sentenced for protesting
March 25, 2015
On 23 March 2015, Mr. Thein Aung Myint and Mr. Saw Hla Aung, members of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) were sentenced for 6 months under article 18 of the peaceful assembly law. MDCF is a community-based organisation that campaigns against land-grabbing and other human rights violations.
Malaysia: 3 activists remanded for participating rallies
March 16, 2015
On 15 March 2015, Mr. Teo Kok Seong, youth leader, Mr. Adam Adli Abdul Halim and Mr. Mandeep Singh, activists, have been remanded over the #KitaLawan rallies, following a police crackdown on the rallies’ organisers.
Burma: about 50 detained students and activists face five criminal charges following protest against education reform
March 13, 2015
On 11 March 2015, about 50 students and activists who were arrested during protests against the National Education Law appeared in Letpadan Township court and were charged with a variety of offences under the penal code, including rioting and unlawful assembly. Their next court appearance is scheduled for 25 March.
On 1 March 2015, Mr. Ven Vorn, a community representative in Koh Kong province, was issued a summons by the Koh Kong Provincial Court for forest crime. He will be present at the court on 10 March 2015.
UPDATE: The questioning was delayed to 3 April 2014.
Thailand: Urgent appeal for hearing into disappeared Karen activist refused by the Appeal Court
February 27, 2015
On 26 February 2015, an Appeal Court rejected a petition for an urgent hearing into the disappearance of prominent Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who has been disappeared since April 2014. The Appeal Court cited lack of solid evidence to conduct the hearing, despite conflicting witness accounts of the day of Billy’s disappearance.