Freedom of expression
On 12 Dec 2018, 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 13 April 2018, Kovan, Folk singer and social activist was arrested by the Tiruchi City Police on charges of promoting enmity between groups through a song.
On 15 April 2018,Gujarat Jignesh Mevani, Dalit leader and Independent MLA, was stopped at the Sanganer international airport and prevented from travelling to Nagaur district.
From 14 April 2018, various of dissidents were placed under house arrest over the weekend, which saw the anniversary of the death of liberal premier Hu Yaobang.
On 16 April 2018, Nurulhaq Nur, Muhammad Rashed Khan and Faruk Hasan, leaders of and joint conveners of Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, a platform of students who had been demonstrating for reforms in the country’s quota system in civil service, were taken and detained.
Philippines: Australian nun, 71, faces deportation from the Philippines for ‘illegal political activities’
April 18, 2018
On 16 April 2018, Sister Fo, the superior of the Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, a congregation of Catholic nuns, who has been advocating for the rights of the poor in the philippines, has been threatened for deportation for engaging in ‘illegal political activities’.
India: Journalist Ms. Swathi Vadlamudi abused and threatened for her cartoon on the recent rape incidents
April 18, 2018
Since April 10, 2018, Ms. Swathi Vadlamudi, a journalist who recently published a cartoon on her social media pages regarding the recent rape cases, was subject to various forms of harrassment online.
On 8 March 2018, the peaceful rally held by The Pashtun Tahafuz (Protection) Movement, was yet again censored on media platforms.
On 8 March 2018, Cui Haoxin, a member of the Hui Muslim ethnic group known by his pen-name An Ran and a prominent poet writing on the issues Muslim groups face, was detained, searched, and questioned by Jiangxi state security police.
On 5 April 2015, a protester was arrested outside the Parliament complex today while urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to deliver his promise to provide housing for residents of the Jinjang Utara longhouses Zone A, B, C, and D.