Denial fair trial
On 22 May 2018, Tashi Wangchuk, shopkeeper and language activist was sentenced to five years in prison for “separatism,” prompting an outcry from governments and rights organizations who said the sentence highlights Beijing’s disregard for its own laws protecting ethnic autonomy.
China: Xie Yanyi Assaulted and Detained
May 21, 2018
On 16 May 2018, Xie Yanyi ,human rights lawyer attended a formal review hearing at the Beijing Lawyers’ Association where his wife was physically assaulted, and the couple arbitrarily detained after the hearing.
On 12 Dec 2017, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 6,50,000 people to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, were arbitrarily arrested.
On March 26 2017, Andy Hall, a British labour rights activist, was ordered to pay 10 million baht (US$321,000) in damages to a company that filed a civil defamation suit after he helped expose alleged human rights violations at its factory, by a court in Bangkok.
On 16 March 2018, Lei Ping and fellow activist Heihu, a nickname meaning “black tiger,” environmental rights defender, were arbitrarily detained by authourities. They were later released after public outcry.
On 13 March 2018, Manzoor Pashteen, a young ethnic Pashtun rights activist leading the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), was registered by the police for criticising the country’s powerful military during the latest in a series of rallies his organisation has held across the South Asian country.
On 6 February 2018, Hoàng ??c Bình, environmental rights defender, was convicted on by the People’s Court of Din Chu, to serve the largest term in prison.
Thailand: Activist Held Incommunicado in South
February 27, 2018
On February 23, Aiman, prominent ethnic Malay Muslim human rights activis, was taken by soldiers from his house in Yala province’s Muang district during a security raid, and he has since been detained incomunicado.
Vietnam: Former Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience Blocked from New Year Gathering in HCM City
February 26, 2018
On February 22, local former prisoners of conscience were blocked by security forces from gathering.
China: Protesters Locked up in Psychiatric Facilities
February 21, 2018
On Feburary 16 2018, around a dozen activists were detained in psychiatric facilities after they taking part in a demonstration.