Freedom of expression/online
Vietnam: Hanoi-based Pro-democracy Campaigner Nguyen Trung Linh Charged with “Conducting Anti-state Propaganda”
July 16, 2018
On 9 July 2018, Nguyen Trung Linh, pro-democracy campaigner, was charged with “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code.
Malaysia: Lawyer accused of sedition
July 13, 2018
On 11 July 2018, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, lawyer and pro-democracy WHRD, was called for investigation under section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
On 10 July 2018, 25 HRDs who were preparing to stage a sit-in at Singha Durbar southern gate were arrested.
On 27 June 2018, Prawet Prapanukul, Human rights lawyer, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for material he posted online.
Vietnam: Over 100 People Arrested, Tortured in HCM City on Sunday amid Efforts to Halt Public Protest
June 18, 2018
On 17 June 2018, over 100 protesters detained and arrested to deter them from holding public demonstrations which aim to protest the bill on Special Economic Zones and the approval of the law on Cyber Security. Many of protesters taken to custody reported having been beaten and tortured.
On 12 June 2018, Vietnamese legislators approved a cybersecurity law on Tuesday that tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country, raising fears of economic harm and a further crackdown on dissent.
On 1 June 2018, Pham Doan Trang, prominent dissident blogger, was detained by officers from the Ministry of Public Security as she arrived in Hanoi,
On 29 May 2018, 47 more individuals who participated in a pro-election rally on 22 May 2018, wre summoned to be charged or exercising their freedom of peaceful assembly to call for elections and democracy.
Vietnam: Activist Nguyen Anh Tuan Detained, Interrogated About His Writing on Property Giant Vingroup
June 3, 2018
On 25 May 2018, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Human rights defender and pro-democracy campaigner, was detained and interrogated about his writing on property giant VinGroup on his Facebook page.
Vietnam: Hanoi-based Activist Summoned for Interrogation After Calling for Arrest of Police General Involving in Kidnaping In Berlin
June 3, 2018
On 1 June 2018, Ngo Duy Quyen, pro-democracy campaigner and human rights defender, was summoned for interrogation for his facebook posts calling for the arrest of Lieutenant General Duong Minh Hung, deputy chief of the General Department of Security under the Ministry of Public Security, who is reportedly sought by Germany’s authorities on relation with the kidnap of former Vietnamese senior officer Trinh Xuan Thanh in Berlin last July.