Freedom of religion

  • 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.

  • Vietnam: Vietnamese Catholics attacked, beaten by police in dispute over land
    June 30, 2017

    On 28 June 2017, plainclothes police attacked and beat a group of Catholic priests and their followers in central Vietnam’s Thua Thien Hue province.

  • Sri Lanka: Threat to remove Lakshan from legal profession
    June 20, 2017

    On June 17, 2017, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe threatened Lakshan Dias to “take necessary steps to remove him from the legal profession” unless Dias apologized for remarks on a television program three days earlier about attacks on the Christian community.

  • Pakistan: Journalist Rana Tanvir survives murder attempt
    June 12, 2017

    On 9 June 2017, senior journalist Rana Tanvir, who had written about religious minorities and human rights issues in his work, was run over by a car.