Freedom of expression
Vietnam: Nguyen Van Oai and Tran Thi Nga Arrested
September 22, 2017
On 21 January 2017 human rights defender Ms Tran Thi Nga was arrested in Ha Nam province on charges of anti-state propaganda. Two days earlier, fellow Mr Nguyen Van Oai was arrested in Nghe An province on charges of ‘resisting officials on duty’ and violating his probation.
Vietnam: Jailed Viet Dissident is Latest in Rising Crackdown
September 22, 2017
On 18, September 2017, Nguyen Van Oai, a citizen journalist and human rights defender, was sentenced to five years in prison and four additional years of house arrest for “resisting persons in the performance of their official duties” and failing to execute judgments” while on parole for “attempting to overthrow the government” in 2013.
On 4 September 2017, Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have detained a second person linked to a poetry anthology in honor of late political prisoner and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
China: Poet held in Southern China over planned poetry anthology remembering Liu Xiaobo
August 23, 2017
On 18 August 2017, authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have criminally detained a poet after he compiled an anthology to commemorate late Nobel peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last month of liver cancer in police custody.
Vietnam: Fifth member of Online Democracy Group arrested
August 7, 2017
On 4 August 2017, authorities in central Vietnam’s Quang Binh province arrested a member of an online democracy advocacy group, bringing to five the number of group members taken into custody during the last week.
China: China is keeping Liu Xia, widow of human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, from talking to the world
August 4, 2017
One month since Liu Xiaobo passed away, his wife, Liu Xia’s whereabouts was kept secret by Chinese officials. Officials claimed that Liu Xia is “free.” Which is hardly reassuring.
Myanmar: Myanmar Now Editor Arrested
July 31, 2017
On 30 July 2017, Ko Swe Win, chief editor of Myanmar Now news agency, was arrested at Yangon International Airport at about 7 p.m.
On 30 July 2017, 4 human rights defenders (a writer, a Protestant pastor and two other activists) have been arrested on charges of attempted subversion as Vietnam’s communist authorities.
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.
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”.