Judicial harrasment

  • Bangladesh: Labour leaders threatened with fabricated charges
    September 26, 2011

    Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) leaders Kalpona Akhter and Babul Akhter and staff member Aminul Islam are facing a wide range of criminal charges including attempted murder, criminal intimidation, violence against civil servants, mischief causing damage, and violation of the Explosive Substances Act of 1908 in ten cases arising from violence related to labor unrest in June and July 2010. Some of the charges could lead to the death penalty.

  • Bangladesh: Muhammad Yunus charged with defamation
    September 26, 2011

    Micro-credit pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus appeared in a Bangladesh court on a defamation charge for reportedly criticizing politicians four years ago, court officials said.

  • Cambodia: Activist fears arrest after court bungle
    September 19, 2011

    An opposition Sam Rainsy Party activist from Prey Veng province says he fears arrest after accidentally missing a court appearance last week in connection with charges of defamation and disinformation.

  • China: 3 bloggers sentenced to 2 years in prison
    June 16, 2011

    Three bloggers – Fan Yanqiong, You Jingyou and Wu Huaying – who took up the case of a mother who was calling on the authorities to reopen the investigation into her daughter’s death, were convicted on charges of defamation and disturbing public order. The court imposed a two-year sentence on Fan and one-year sentences on You and Wu for posting information online supporting the mother’s claim that her daughter died after being gang-raped by individuals with links to the police rather than as a result of a miscarriage, as the authorities claim.