Political activities

  • Vietnam: Bloggers and netizens attacked and detained by police over “picnics to discuss human rights”
    May 13, 2013

    On 5 May 2013, bloggers and netizens took part in “picnics to discuss human rights” in public places in several Vietnamese cities and were violently attacked by police and many more…

  • Cambodia: Adhoc staff investigated for alledged incitement and disinformation
    May 2, 2013

    On 26 April 2013, a court official confirmed that well know human rights activist – Chan Soveth, is being investigated for his alleged role in the so-called “incitement” of villagers involved in a land dispute, and for spreading so-called “disinformation.”

    Pursat provincial court Pro­secutor Tan Seihak Dechak said the allegations have been leveled by a commune chief against Mr. Soveth, who is chief of monitoring for prominent local human rights group Adhoc, and “his ac­complices,” who are not de­fined by name in the complaint.

  • Vietnam: Eight Vietnamese activists ’held for subversion’
    October 10, 2011

    At least eight political activists have been arrested on subversion charges in Vietnam in a crackdown which began after the prime minister was re-appointed, their legal adviser said on Tuesday. The suspects, who have been involved in recent anti-China protests and other activities, were rounded up in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and the north-central province of Nghe An, Le Quoc Quan told AFP. The eight, all of them belonging to the minority Catholic faith, have been formally arrested for “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration”, he said. They include Paulus Le Van Son, a blogger.

  • Vietnam: Dissident priest detained in black jail
    October 10, 2011

    Authorities in Vietnam have sent an ailing Catholic priest and one of the country’s best-known democracy activists back to jail more than a year after his release on medical parole, an official said Tuesday. The Rev. Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, 64, was escorted by police from his home at a church in central Hue city to Ba Sao prison outside the northern capital of Hanoi on Monday night, a prison official said on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

  • China: HRD arrested for ‘inciting subversion’
    October 6, 2011

    CHRD learned on September 13 that Wu Yuebao (???), an activist from Bengbu City, Anhui Province, has recently been formally arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power,” according to an individual with knowledge of Wu’s case. Wu is being held inBengbu City No. 2 Detention Center. Wu was subjected to increased police pressure when the
    Jasmine Revolution crackdown began in February. The charges against him reportedly stem from statements he made via Twitter that “abused” leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. He was initially taken into custody on July 14 and issued a 10-day administrative detention before being taken into criminal detention in late July.

  • China : Freed dissident writer tortured in custody
    October 6, 2011

    A Chinese dissident writer who was freed this week after five years in jail for alleged illegal business activities has said he was wrongly imprisoned and subjected to treatment “beyond people’s imagination”. Yang Maodong said the charges against him were trumped up and that during his time in custody his interrogators questioned him only about his pro-democracy activities, and not business matters.”I am innocent,” he said. “It’s a political case and I was called a political prisoner in the places where I was detained. All of this is political persecution of me because I promoted democracy.”

  • China : HRD sentenced to 9 months for “creating a disturbance”
    October 6, 2011

    Chinese veteran rights activist and doctor Wang Lihong was sentenced to nine months in jail for “creating a disturbance”, as part of what campaigners say is a broad crackdown on dissent. Wang on Friday was sentenced to nine months in jail for “creating a disturbance”, as part of what campaigners say is a broad crackdown on dissent.

  • China: Human rights campaigner abducted, harassed and surveilled
    October 6, 2011

    On 20 June 201, four days after allegedly being prohibited from answering his phone, sending text messages, and talking to others in his office, Mr. Yao Lifa was abducted by public officials, including administrative personnel from the State school where he works in Qianjiang City, Hubei Province. The perpetrators of the abduction allegedly included the school’s vice principal and security guards who had been monitoring Mr. Yao Lifa since he was placed under residential surveillance on 20 February 2011.
    Mr. Yao Lifa has campaigned for the promotion of political participation through monitoring local elections to ensure fairness and transparency, for speaking out against corruption in local governance and the electoral processes, and for travelling in the People’s Republic of China to encourage people to run for office as independent candidates.

    On 27 June 2011, a member of Mr. Yao Lifa’s family made inquiries at the Qianjiang City Letters and Visits Bureau and the Qianjiang Public Security Bureau (PSB). This relative was told to go to the school where Mr. Yao Lifa works and was threatened with “consequences” for causing a disturbance. On 11
    July 2011, a family member and an attorney requested to see the bureau chief of the Qianjiang PSB, but were reportedly told that he was out of the office and advised to go to the Yuanlin Police Station to fill out a missing person report. There, they were allegedly told that the situation of Mr. Yao Lifa did not meet the relevant criteria for a missing person report.

    Meanwhile, on 4 July 2011, Mr. Yao Lifa had reportedly escaped from the place where he was being detained by jumping out of a window of what reportedly were the Maozui Guesthouse, Mazui Town, and Xiantao City, Hubei Province. During his escape, Mr. Yao Lifa severely injured both wrists and damaged his vertebrae. According to the source, he fled to a friend’s house in Beijing and did not have his injuries treated.

    On 6 August 2011, national security officers from the Qianjiang PSB, Beijing police and personnel from the Qianjiang Liaison Office in Beijing, allegedly arrested Mr. Yao Lifa at the friend’s home in Beijing where he had fled following his previous detention. Mr. Yao was reportedly forcibly returned to Qianjiang and then turned over to authorities at the State school where he works in order to be monitored.

    From 7 to 30 August 2011, Mr. Yao Lifa was allegedly detained in a room with very unsanitary conditions, inadequate food provision and a surveillance camera. The Qianjiang PSB reportedly admitted to a family member of Mr. Yao Lifa that they had taken him into custody, but claimed that they had done so because the family member had filed a missing person report in July following Mr. Yao Lifa’s first abduction.

    On 8 August 2011, a family member of Mr. Yao Lifa made inquiries at the Qianjiang PSB and was reportedly told there that they did not know where Mr. Yao Lifa was.

    According to the source, on 2 September 2011, early in the morning, Mr. Yao Lifa was rushed to hospital by his captors under a false name to receive treatment 3 for severe abdominal pain. On 3 September 2011, he was reportedly taken back to the CPC School before being returned home on 4 September 2011. The public authorities of the State school allegedly confiscated all medical evidence from the hospital, as well as all medication provided. On 5 September 2011, personnel from the State school where Mr. Yao Lifa works and officials from Qianjiang PSB reportedly took Mr. Yao Lifa from his home when he was about to go to hospital for a physical examination, and have since subjected him to 24-hour monitoring. He is now allegedly taken to an unknown location every day at 7:00 a.m. by personnel from the State school and returned home at 10:00 p.m., where he remains under surveillance from individuals stationed outside his house. There has reportedly been no investigation into the various cases of detention of Mr. Yao Lifa.

    According to the source, this year and in 2012, China is holding local People’s Congress elections and is reportedly concerned about the effects of the advice given by Mr. Yao Lifa to candidates and voters. Mr. Yao Lifa’s friends and family have also reportedly been subjected to increased harassment including police investigation, monitoring, restriction of freedom of movement, illegal searches on private property, and having their electricity and water supplies cut off.

  • China : Tibetan monk dies after severe torture
    September 28, 2011

    A Tibetan monk who in 2008 joined a protest in front of foreign journalists in China has died after allegedly suffering “severe torture” while in detention, an activist group said Tuesday.

  • 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.