Myanmar: Rakhine human rights activist sentenced to 18 months for documenting military abuses
November 2, 2017
On 12 October 2017. Mr. Khaing Myo Htun , human rights activist, was sentenced to 18 months in Myanmar.
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.
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.
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.
On 20 June 2017, 3 junior associates of Asma Jahangir team were attacked by scores of lawyer inside a courtroom in the Lahore High Court.
Bangladesh: Golam Mujtaba Dhruba prosecuted under Information and Communication Technology Act
June 20, 2017
On 13 June 2017, Manikganj Judge, Mahbubur Rahman, filed a case under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act against human rights defender, Golam Mujtaba Dhruba, for an article he published on 11 June 2017.
On 8 May 2017, the trial of Xie Yang, a prominent Chinese human-rights lawyer, has begun without prior public notice.
On 28 April 2017, the Second Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin gave human rights lawyer Li Heping a three-year suspended sentence for subversion. He has been in jail since being detained in the summer of 2015.
On 24 March 2017, three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court. One of the three used the alias, Allama Ayaz Nizami, and had over 12,000 followers online
Cambodia: opposition party president convicted for defamation
November 22, 2016
On 8 November 2016, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found opposition party president Sam Rainsy guilty of defamation for claiming that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s social medial team bought “likes” on Facebook from “click farms” abroad to increase his support and ordered him to pay 10 million riels (about U.S. $ $2,500) and 15 million riels (about $3,720) in fines and compensation.