Repressive legislation

  • Indonesia: Activist reported to police for defamation after comparing former president Megawati with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi
    September 22, 2017

    On 6 September 2017, Dandhy Dwi Laksono has been reported to the police for online defamation after he compared former president and current PDI-P Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri with Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi amid rising concerns in Indonesia about the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

  • China: Chinese Police Detain Associate of Poet Who Tried to Commemorate Liu Xiaobo
    September 5, 2017

    On 4 September 2017, Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have detained a second person linked to a poetry anthology in honor of late political prisoner and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

  • Thailand: Prosecutor indicts Isaan anti-mine activists
    July 31, 2017

    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.

  • Myanmar: Myanmar Now Editor Arrested
    July 31, 2017

    On 30 July 2017, Ko Swe Win, chief editor of Myanmar Now news agency, was arrested at Yangon International Airport at about 7 p.m.

  • Vietnam: Activist Held in Nghe An on Suspicion of Subversion
    July 31, 2017

    On 27 July 2017, authorities in central Vietnam’s coastal Nghe An province have arrested Le Dinh Luong (52), a dissident writer and activist for investigation of activities aimed at overthrowing the country’s one-party state.

  • Cambodia: Situation Room’s NGOs face investigation over monitoring
    July 3, 2017

    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

  • Cambodia: NGOs under watch for supporting CNRP
    June 1, 2017

    Several civil society organizations and their employees, including the leaders of the human rights NGOs Licadho and Adhoc, are under watch by the Interior Ministry for allegedly aiding the CNRP and will face legal action after the commune election in 3 June 2017 if the allegations prove true, a ministry spokesman said today, a charge denied by Licadho’s executive director.

  • China: police detained or held incommunicado relatives and friends who enquired after missing love ones
    January 5, 2017

    In the last weeks of December 2016, at least 7 friends and relatives of incommunicado activists were detained on charges of ‘subversion of state power’ or went incommunicado after going to inquire after their love ones’ whereabouts in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

  • China: draft Police Law risks to entrench abuses
    January 5, 2017

    On 1 December 2016, the draft of the Police Law was issued by the Chinese public security bureau for public commentary before the end of the year. The current draft actually expands the force’s powers in ways that could exacerbate abuses: for example, police officers will be allowed to use weapons on those who “resist arrest or flee while or after perpetrating acts that seriously endanger national security or public safety”.

  • Thailand: 7 anti-mine activists summoned under Public Assembly Act
    January 4, 2017

    On 18 December 2016, seven members of an activist group called Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), translated as ‘People Who Love Their Home’, have been summoned for intimidating district officials and unlawful assembly, for leading more than 100 people to gather in front of Wang Saphung District Administration Office on 16 November 2016 in Loei Province, Thailand.