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.
China: Poet held in Southern China over planned poetry anthology remembering Liu Xiaobo
August 23, 2017
On 18 August 2017, authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have criminally detained a poet after he compiled an anthology to commemorate late Nobel peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last month of liver cancer in police custody.
On 17 August 2017, three prominent young leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement were sentenced to six to eight months in prison, a severe setback for the semiautonomous Chinese city in its struggle for greater political freedom under Communist Party rule.
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.
Thailand: Thai Court sentenced Suphap Khamlae, Woman Human Rights Defender and wife of disappeared land rights defender Den Khamlae
July 31, 2017
On 27 July 2017, woman human rights defender (WHRD) Mrs. Suphap Khamlae, wife of prominent land rights defender Den Khamlae that disappeared on 16 April 2016, was found guilty of forest encroachment from the Phu Khiao Provincial Court, Chaiyaphum province, and sentenced by six months in prison.
On 25 July 2017, the prosecutor indicted seven members of the anti-mine activist group Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK) (translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’) from six villages in Wang Saphung District of the northeastern province of Loei.
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.