On July 15 2018, protestant pastor Dinh Diem, a storng defender of freedom of religion and belief, and an adovcate of minority rights, was imprisoned on allegation of being “‘engaged in subversive activities to overthrow the people’s government” under Article 109 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code.
Vietnam: Hanoi-based Pro-democracy Campaigner Nguyen Trung Linh Charged with “Conducting Anti-state Propaganda”
July 16, 2018
On 9 July 2018, Nguyen Trung Linh, pro-democracy campaigner, was charged with “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code.
On July 12 2018, several activists have reported being put under house arrest and close surveillance as the anniversary of the death of Nobel peace laureate and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo approaches.
Malaysia: Lawyer accused of sedition
July 13, 2018
On 11 July 2018, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, lawyer and pro-democracy WHRD, was called for investigation under section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
On 11 July 2018, Qin Yongmin, a prominent Chinese political campaigner was sentenced to 13 years in jail, after finding him “guilty of subversion of state power.”
On 27 June 2018, Prawet Prapanukul, Human rights lawyer, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for material he posted online.
On 18 June 2018, M. Valarmathi, student-activist was held for ‘instigation.’
On 18 June 2018, Piyush Manush, an environmental activist based in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district, was arrested for allegedly “instigating enmity between groups.”
On 17 June 2018, around 5000 protesters seeking to demand full statehood, was stopped by police from conducting their march.
On 12 June 2018, Radio Free Asia, a non-profit radio station reporting impartially reported news, including on violations of human rights, recieved a six month ban forbidding them from local broadcasting. This charged is imposed to them as they usedthe term “Rohingyas” to refer to members of the persecuted Muslim community in Rakhine state.