Denial fair trial
On 25 September 2018, Cyril Almeida, journalist, was issued an arrest warrant following an interview critical of the country’s powerful military.
On 26 September 2018, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Lim Mony, and Yi Soksan, four human rights defenders from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) were convicted of ‘bribery of a witness’ under Article 548 of the Criminal Code, while a NEC official and former ADHOC staff member Ny Chakrya was found guilty as an accomplice under Articles 29 and 548 of the same Criminal Code. Each has been given a five-year sentence by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, with 14 months and one day considered served and the rest of the sentence suspended.
On 17 Septmeber 2018, Do Cong Duong, land rights activist and citizen journalist, was senteced for 48 months in prison for “disturbing public order.”
On 29 August 2018, five prominent rights activists – Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Arun Ferreira – had been arrested on a host of charges, including terrorism-related ones, prompting cries of a witch-hunt.
On 16 August 2018, Le Dinh Luong, environmental rights defender, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
On 6 August 2018, Huynh Duc Thanh Binh, young activist was charged with “Activities against the people’s government” under Article 109 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code, his mother told Defend the Defenders.
Thailand: Rights Activist Detained in Deep South
August 3, 2018
On 1 August 2018, Burhan Buraheng of the human rights group Jaringan Mangsa Dari Undang-Undang Darurat (JASAD) was arrested under martial law provisions, and have been held in a military camp without access to a lawyer or effective safeguards against mistreatment.
India: Forcible kidnapping and the arbitrary and illegal detention of student leader Pooja Shukla by the police in Lucknow and continuing harassment and intimidation
August 1, 2018
On 28 July 2018, Pooja Shukla, student leader and WHRD, was forcibly kidnapped and the arbitrary and illegal detained.
On 13 July 2018, it was reported that Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei, political refugees who fled to Thailand after facing persecurtion from the Chinese government, were tried in secret and jailed by Chinese authourities.
On 11 July 2018, Qin Yongmin, a prominent Chinese political campaigner was sentenced to 13 years in jail, after finding him “guilty of subversion of state power.”