On 11 May 2018, Xu Lin, a Chinese musician arrested on public order charges for singing about late Nobel peace laureate and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, has been sent to hospital, sparking concerns that he may have been tortured or mistreated while in a police detention center.
China: Xie Yanyi Assaulted and Detained
May 21, 2018
On 16 May 2018, Xie Yanyi ,human rights lawyer attended a formal review hearing at the Beijing Lawyers’ Association where his wife was physically assaulted, and the couple arbitrarily detained after the hearing.
Vietnam: Provincial Police Level Phony Charges Against Vietnamese Catholics Attacked by Thugs
May 18, 2018
On May 3 2018, four parishoners who submitted a complaint against provincial police about an incident in Dec 2017 –wherein the police allegedly ordered thugs to beat up parishoners – were called for questioning about their alleged involvement in the Dec. 17 incident.
Pakistan: Founded to Protest Pakistan ‘Disappearances’, Group Now Sees Supporters Go Missing
May 17, 2018
Beginning 1 May 2018, dozens of its activists have been detained across the country, while newspaper columnists have had articles on PTM rejected. Moreover, in the weeks leading up to a protest on 13 May, PTM’s leadership said Rangers and unidentified security officials detained and interrogated more than 100 of its supporters and kept nearly 30 workers in custody.
Myanmar: Myanmar Charges More Antiwar Protesters as UN, EU Raise Concerns About Kachin Conflict
May 17, 2018
On 16 May 2018, three antiwar activists were charged with criminal defamation for leading a protest in Myitkyina during which they called on the Myanmar government to rescue civilians displaced by hostilities between an ethnic army and Myanmar forces in volatile Kachin state, bringing the total number of demonstrators charged nationwide to 45.
On 12 May 2018, Ven Eth, environmental defender and former CNRP member, was shot at while he was in his home.
India: Sedition charges against journalist Mr. Kamal Shukla for posting a cartoon on social media
May 4, 2018
On 30 April 2018, Mr. Kamal Shukla, editor of the Bhumkaal Samachar, a local e-news which focuses on the rights of adivasi in the Bastar area, was charged with sedition.
Since 22 April 2018, Rana Ayyub, journalist have recived large scale online threats and harassment.
On 16 April 2018, Ekachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paiboonratchata, pro-democracy activists, were apprehended by police without an arrest warrant, with one alleging physical abuse, as they planned to “bless” Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who opened his residence yesterday to receive well-wishers for the Songkran Festival
On March 20 2018, Bui Minh Quoc, journalist and vice president of unsanctioned Independent Journalist Association of Vietnam, was barred from taking a flight to the US for ‘national security’ reasons.