Economic, social and cultural rights
Malaysia: 6 anti-GST rally participants slapped with arrest warrants for not appearing in court
May 27, 2015
On 26 May 2015, six protesters of the anti-GST protest in March had warrants of arrests issued against them by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court, for failing to turn up at the court. The six are S. Haarthi, 21, Mohd Faizal Mohd Sabri, 32, Afzanizam Hashim, 39, Muhammad Faizzuddin Mohd Zai, 21, Abdul Kudus Halim, 43, and E. Sarawanen, 43. They are charged with failing to disperse when told by the police to do so under Section 21(1)(d) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.
On 18 May 2015, Mr. Dung Mai, a prominent blogger, was briefly detained by Vietnamese authorities after his return to Hanoi from Singapore. There he had attended a workshop on the use of a new mobile tool to promote citizen journalism. He was released shortly after.
India: Tribal villagers and social activists harassed and ill-treated ahead of national tribal peoples event
March 22, 2015
On 22 March 2015, tribal villagers and human rights defenders of Bharat Jan Andolan and Akhil Bharatiya Adiwasi Mahasabha in Gadchiroli were subjected to intimidation, threats and harassment due to their involvement in organising and participating in a national conference to show solidarity to all people’s struggles across India, an in particular the rights of tribals living in Maharashtra. Although all relevant documents required for organising the event were submitted and permission from Gadchiroli district police authorities had been obtained, Maharashtra police administration began harassing and intimidating social activists, local citizens and tribal villagers, asking them not to join the event and preventing them access to the venue.
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: Environmental HRDs under surveilance
March 5, 2015
On 29 January 2015, the Udon Thani Environmental Conservation Group was excluded from the joint committee between the Department of Primary Industry and Mining (DPIM) and the Conservation Group, and DPIM didn’t provide further justification. The joint committee was set up to investigate the social and environmental effects of the potash mining project in 2012. Since then, members of the conservation group and the E-san Human Rights and Peace Information Center have been under surveillance by army officers.
On the 16th October 2014, Dorje Rinchen, a young Tibetan protester, was detained and beaten by police after calling publicly for the freedom of Tibet from Chinese rule.
Philippines: false charges filed against human rights defenders
October 13, 2014
On 11th July 2014, human rights defenders Edcil Bacalso and Wilson Fortazela were charged by AsiaPro Co-operative with libel, illegal assembly, and alarm and scandal. Bacalso and Fortaleza’s work in promoting and protecting worker’s rights against unfair labor practices are the motive behind the false charges filed against them.
Vietnam: activist treated like a ‘slave’, humiliated in jail
October 8, 2014
In 2013, activist Dang Xuan Dieu, was imprisoned for 13 years on charges of plotting to overthrow the authoritarian government in Hanoi. Since his imprisonment, he has been subjected to beatings and degrading treatment, and has been denied visits from his family.
China (Tibet): Tibetan man is detained after staging solo protest against Chinese rule
October 8, 2014
On 3rd October 2014, Tibetan protester Pasang Wangchuk was detained by Chinese authorities for staging a solo protest against Chinese rule and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
UPDATE 3rd November 2014: Pasang Wangchuk has been freed after being interrogated over slogans he wrote on his protest banner. It is as yet unclear whether Wangchuk was beaten or tortured during the month he spent in jail—a punishment most detained Tibetan protesters say they undergo.
Cambodia: four activists arrested
August 29, 2014
On 29 August, four land rights activists -Song Sreyleap, Tep Vanny, Kek Chanrasmey and Kong Chantha- from the Boeung Kak Lake community were arrested in Phnom Penh as they prepared to join a protest. The march was organised by four rural communities hoping to petition Prime Minister Hun Sen for justice in their land contestation. The activists are being held at Chroy Chong Va district office, while the protestors are being detained inside the grounds of a temple (Wat Chas).
On 08 December 2017, the Supreme Court upholds the convictions of three Boeung Kak activists – including Tep Vanny – for allegedly obstructing and insulting public officials during a 2011 demonstration outside Phnom Penh City Hall.