Freedom of expression

  • Malaysia: Death threats agaist activist-lawyer Siti Kasim
    July 24, 2017

    On 3 and 19 July 2017, a man had attached an article quoting her stand on the LGBT community, but which the WHRD claimed had misquoted her. Following the post, she received the responses on the website were calls to behead, rape and splash acid on her face.

  • Thailand: High school student intimidated after criticising junta head
    July 21, 2017

    On 19 July 2017, Sanhanutta Sartthaporn, the Secretary General of education reform group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS), was visited by two plainclothes soldiers at school. They intimidated him to stop criticising “their boss”.

  • China: Police detain, summon supporters of Liu Xiaobo after controversial funeral
    July 18, 2017

    On 17 July 2017, authorities in China continued to detain supporters of Liu Xiaobo, who were unable to attend the funeral in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

  • India: Activist detained under Goondas Act
    July 18, 2017

    On 12 July 2017, M. Valarmathi along with Jayanthi, her friend’s mother, were arrested for distributing pamphlets, which police claimed contained objectionable slogans “harming national interest” in front of the Government Arts College for Women in Salem city.

  • China: Liu Xiaobo dies at 61
    July 14, 2017

    On 13 July 2017, Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away, died under guard in a hospital.

  • China: Liu Shaoming sentenced to 4.5 years in prison
    July 12, 2017

    On 7 July 2017, human rights defender and labour rights activist Liu Shaoming was sentenced to 4.5 years imprisonment for ‘inciting subversion of state power’. Liu Shaoming intends to appeal the court’s decision.

  • Thailand: Soldiers take activist away to prevent June 24 petition
    July 4, 2017

    On 4 July 2017, a political activist was taken away by soldiers to a local district office in a bid to prevent him from submitting a petition letter to the prime minister urging he reinstate June 24 as the country’s national day

  • Thailand: Soldiers take activist away to prevent June 24 petition
    July 4, 2017

    On 4 July 2017, a political activist was taken away by soldiers to a local district office in a bid to prevent him from submitting a petition letter to the prime minister urging he reinstate June 24 as the country’s national day

  • Bangladesh: Farhad Mazhar ‘rescued’ in Jessore
    July 4, 2017

    On 3 July 2017, columnist and human rights activist, Farhad Mazhar, was “kidnapped” from Adabor in Dhaka.

  • Vietnam: Young activist Tran Hoang Phuc arrested
    July 3, 2017

    On 3 July 2017, the police of Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi officially announced the arrest of young activist Tran Hoang Phuc, four days after detaining him without warrant in a renting apartment.