Repressive legislation

  • Burma: Upper House Approves Controversial Amendments to Protest Law
    March 27, 2018

    On 7 March, Myanmar’s Upper House of Parliament approved a set of controversial amendments to the country’s protest law despite strong opposition from activists and rights groups who claim the changes would further restrict the freedom of expression.

  • Vietnam: Prisoner of Conscience Tran Thuy Nga Held in Gia Trung, Denied of Meeting with Family
    March 27, 2018

    On March 31 2018, Tran Thi Nga, prisoner of conscience was denied from meeting his family.

  • Thailand: Pattaya police press charges against 7 pro-election protesters
    March 21, 2018

    On 19 March 2018, Anurak Jentawanit, leader of a red-shirt group called Ford Red Path; a former lèse majesté convict, Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul; and Wirachai and Ari (surnames withheld due to privacy concerns) who led the protest on 4 March Pattaya police accuse was charged for breaching the he junta’s ban on public gatherings of more than four people.According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the police earlier accused three other individuals in Pattaya for joining the campaign and will submit the cases of the seven to the public prosecutor on 28 March.

  • China: Shutters Law Firm at Center of Crackdown on Rights Lawyers
    March 8, 2018

    On March 5 2018, Fengrui Law Firm, a a law firm that often deals with issues of human rights, and provides support to political dissidents, recieved a “Notice of Administrative Penalty Hearing” from the Beijing municipal department that threatened to shut down their firm. The firm was the first target of police raids and detentions in July 2015 that broadened into a nationwide operation targeting more than 300 lawyers, law firm staff and associated rights activists for detention, professional sanctions, house arrest and travel bans—including for family members.

  • Vietnam: Maxiumum Prison Sentence for Anti-Famosa Activist
    March 2, 2018

    On 6 February 2018, Hoàng ??c Bình, environmental rights defender, was convicted on by the People’s Court of Din Chu, to serve the largest term in prison.

  • Thailand: Activist Held Incommunicado in South
    February 27, 2018

    On February 23, Aiman, prominent ethnic Malay Muslim human rights activis, was taken by soldiers from his house in Yala province’s Muang district during a security raid, and he has since been detained incomunicado.

  • China: Chinese Court Upholds Jail Term of Petitioner Amid Nationwide Crackdown on Complaints
    February 22, 2018

    On February 21 2018, Jiang Yarong, active petitioner, was found guilty by the court of first instance in Shaanxi’s Xianyang city of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” after she repeatedly took complaints to Beijing, and immediately lodged an appeal.

  • Thailand: Army sues Deep South human rights defender for exposing torture on TV
    February 15, 2018

    On 14 February 2018, Isma-ae Tae, a founder of Patani Human Rights Organisation, was sued for defamation by Thai soldiers for discussing his experience of torture under the hands of Thai soldiers on television.

  • China: Chinese Police Hold Outspoken Head of Human Rights Campaign Group
    February 14, 2018

    On 13 Feburary 2018, it was learned that Xu Qin, pro-democracy activist, was being held by Chinese authourities fter she supported a number of prominent dissidents and rights lawyers.

  • Thailand: Thirty-five Thai activists face police after junta protest
    February 13, 2018

    On 8 Feburary 2018, a group of Thai activists that staged a demonstration in Bangkok last month to protest thedelay to a general election, face police on charges brought against them, including charges of illegal assembly.