Freedom of religion

  • Vietnam: Priest, rights activist barred from leaving Vietnam
    May 18, 2018

    On May 14 2018, Redemptorist Father Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, who regularly speaks out against human rights violations and abuses of religious freedom, was barred from leaving the country for reasons still unsubstantiated. On May 16 2018,Maria Do Thi Minh Hanh, president of the civil society Viet Labor Movement was also stopped from taking a flight to Germany to visit her mother.

  • Vietnam: Vietnam jails Catholic social activist for 9 years
    April 24, 2018

    On 12 April 2018, Teresa Tran Thi Xuan, social activist was convicted for nine years in prison for allegedly “attempting to overthrow the people’s government” t

  • India: India, with eye on China ties, bans Tibetans rally in New Delhi
    March 12, 2018

    On 7 March 2017, Tibetans seeking to hold a rally with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi to mark the 60th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule, has been banned by the government, in an attempt to improve fraught ties with China.

  • Malaysia: Police arrest Aliran activist Sarajun Hoda at home
    February 3, 2018

    On 29 January 2018, social activist Sarajun Hoda was arrested at his residence with the allegation of violating Section 298 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. He was eventually released after hours of interrogation.

  • Vietnam: court upholds jail term for Catholic activist Nguyen Van Oai
    February 3, 2018

    On 15 January 2018, The People’s Court of Nghe An province upheld Nguyen Van Oai’s prison term, and another four years’ probation, on a charge of resisting security officers and violating the terms of his probation from an earlier jail sentence.

  • Bangladesh: Blogger arrested at Dhaka airport in case filed under ICT act
    December 27, 2017

    On 26 December 2017. Asad Nur, blogger was arrested on charge of defaming Prophet Mohammad in a blog post in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Philippines: Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija
    December 6, 2017

    On 4 December 2017. A Catholic priest was gunned down by unidentified men in Jaen, Nueva Ecjia, Manila, Philippines.

  • Philippines: Arrest of human rights defenders
    November 1, 2017

    On 27 October 2017. Julito Otacan, Indigenous Human Rights activists, and five other Banwaon human rights defenders (HRDs) were arrested in Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines.

  • 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.

    On September 18, the People’s Court in Hoang Mai town, Vietnam’s sentenced Nguyen Van Oai to five years in prison

  • 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.