Freedom of expression
Vietnam: Four More Mid-June Protesters Imprisoned
October 16, 2018
On 8 October 2018, four people who participated in the mid-June protest against the plan of the National Assembly to approve two bills on Special Economic Zones and Cyber Security, were imprisoned.
Indonesia: Rights groups say police stifled talks in Bali
October 12, 2018
On 11 October 2018, Members of advocacy groups for women, farmers and workers said their gathering of about 500 at a hotel in the city of Denpasar, was twice shut down by police.
On 3 October 2018, Mr. Seelan Palay, a human rights activist and artist who has criticized Singapore’s human rights record on many occasions, was charged for “staging an unlawful performance without a permit” under Section 7 of the 2009 Public Order Act and sentenced to pay a S$2,5000 fine (around 1,570 Euros). Following Mr. Seelan Palay’s refusal to pay the fine, he was ordered to serve a two-week prison term.
On 5 October 2018, Luu Van Vinh, Nguyen Van Duc Do, Nguyen Quoc Hoan, Phan Trung and Tu Cong Nghia , pro-democracy campaigners were charged on on subversion allegation, sentencing them to a total 57 years in prison and 15 years of probation.
Vietnam: HCM City-based Female Activist Charged with Disruption of Security, Facing Lengthy Imprisonment
October 10, 2018
On 2 October 2018, Hoang Thi Thu Vang, who advocates for enhancing food safety was arrested and charged with “Disruption of security” under Article 118 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code.
On 9 October, Zhong Xiaolin and Sun Wenke, activists were found to be held in criminal detention after a crackdown on a nationwide against over 100 activists supporting political prisoners across the country.
China: Hong Kong rejects visa of Financial Times editor who hosted pro-independence talk
October 10, 2018
On 6 October 2018, Victor Mallet, who is also the Financial Times’ Asia news editor, was denied his visa renewal for having chaired a talk by pro-independence activist Andy Chan at the FCC in August.
On 9 October 2018, Nakheeran Gopal, a journalist who sought to expose a college professor’s involvement in the sexual exploitation of students, was arbitrarily arrested.
On 1 October 2018, Wang Jinfeng, a vaccine campaigner, was detained.
India: Chennai journalist complains of harassment for stories exposing beach sand mafia
October 4, 2018
On 28 September 2018, Sandhya Ravishankar, Chennai-based journalis thas alleged intimidation by unidentified persons.