India: Activist detained under Goondas Act
July 18, 2017
On 12 July 2017, M. Valarmathi along with Jayanthi, her friend’s mother, were arrested for distributing pamphlets, which police claimed contained objectionable slogans “harming national interest” in front of the Government Arts College for Women in Salem city.
China: Liu Xiaobo dies at 61
July 14, 2017
On 13 July 2017, Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away, died under guard in a hospital.
China: Liu Shaoming sentenced to 4.5 years in prison
July 12, 2017
On 7 July 2017, human rights defender and labour rights activist Liu Shaoming was sentenced to 4.5 years imprisonment for ‘inciting subversion of state power’. Liu Shaoming intends to appeal the court’s decision.
Cambodia: ADHOC staff faces violence questions
July 7, 2017
On 7 July 2017, Battambang Provincial Court has ordered the provincial ADHOC human rights coordinator to appear in a case involving allegations of intentional violence
On 28 June 2017, the NGO election consortium calling itself the “Situation Room” may be banned from future vote monitoring and the registration of its member NGOs investigated, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, after Prime Minister Hun Sen accused the group of violating the law
On 29 June 2017,a prominent Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the communist regime in Facebook posts and in interviews with foreign media
Myanmar: Three reporters among seven arrested in Myanmar for ‘Connections’ to ethnic militia
June 27, 2017
On 26 June 2017, three reporters have been detained and charged by the military in Myanmar’s volatile northeastern Shan State for “having connections” to an ethnic armed group.
On the night of 14 June 2017 police personnel from Raninagar Police station surrounded the residence of Sanjit Mondal, MASUM’s District Human Rights Monitor. As Sanjit suspected he would be arrested, he left the premises before the police could get to him.
On 20 June 2017, a lawyer representing Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF); Somchai Homla-or, Advisor to the CrCF; and Anchana Heemmina, President of the Duay Jai group, found that the military has not withdrawn its complaint against the three human rights activists.
Cambodia: ADHOC five detainee collapses in prison
June 22, 2017
On 18 June 2017, Ny Sokha, a member of ADHOC, fainted in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar Prison as his state of health is declining.