Freedom of expression/online
Indonesia: Activist reported to police for defamation after comparing former president Megawati with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi
September 22, 2017
On 6 September 2017, Dandhy Dwi Laksono has been reported to the police for online defamation after he compared former president and current PDI-P Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri with Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi amid rising concerns in Indonesia about the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
India: Gyanen Chakravarty a rrested for his social media post
September 22, 2017
On 16 September 2017, Gyanen Chakravarty was arrested by personnel from Nalbari police station arrested him from his residence and then brought to Jagiroad police station for questioning because he uploaded videos and photographs of placards of Bajrang Dal (right-wing ideology organisation) inside the AASU office in Jagiroad, Morigaon district in Facebook.
Vietnam: Arrests of Another Member of Online Democracy Group
September 4, 2017
On 1 September 2017, Authorities in northern Vietnam’s coastal Thai Binh province arrested another member of the Brotherhood for Democracy association, Nguyen Van Tucc
On 20 July 2017,
Ms. Cristina “Tinay” Palabay received a threatening phone call from a man who warned her to stop what she was doing, referring to her human rights work, because she was on a “list” of people whom they considered as “courageous,” and that he called because she was within his area of responsibility.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns recent attacks by the Cambodian Government against civil society organisations and free media in the country. These repressive measures come at a critical juncture for Cambodia, and severely compromise the legitimacy and fairness of next year’s election.
On 18 August 2017, an official lawyer’s organization in central Vietnam’s Phu Yen province has threatened to “discipline” an attorney known for representing defendants in political cases after he suggested that most members of his profession use bribery to influence trials.
On 15 August 2017, the police have summoned academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings for participating in an academic forum.
Thailand: ‘Pai Dao Din’ to serve 2½ years
August 17, 2017
On 15 August 2017, Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonyapatraksa has been sentenced to five years in jail, commuted by half due to his confession.
Pakistan: Grave concern over the recent cases of systematic harassment, arrests and serial abductions of HRDs
August 11, 2017
On 10 August 2017, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) express grave concern over the recent cases of systematic harassment, arrests and serial abductions of human rights defenders (HRDs) by security forces in Pakistan.
On 27 July 2017, authorities in central Vietnam’s coastal Nghe An province have arrested Le Dinh Luong (52), a dissident writer and activist for investigation of activities aimed at overthrowing the country’s one-party state.