Right to fair trial
On 14 January 2018, Huang Qi, rights activist, was put under a secret trial. His lawyer was not informed of this trial and lost his license to practice as a lawyer, and forced to sign a declaration to that effect. Various activist who protested for his released were arbitrarily detained and intimidated by state authorities
Vietnam: Activist Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh’s Investigation Extended and Denied access to meet with family and lawyer
January 15, 2019
On 8 January 2018, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, was reportedly being denied access to communicating with her family and lawyer
On 4 January 2019, Nguyen Van Tuc, political rights activist, had his family placed under house arrest as an attempt to intimidate him into confessing and cooperating with state authorities.
On 3 January 2019, Jolovan Wham, a pro-democracy activist, was found guilty of organizing an illegal protest after holding what he called a “harmless” public discussion in 2016 that featured Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong speaking via Skype.
On 21 December 2018, Wang Quanzhang, human rights lawyer who has been held by the authorities for more than three years, stood in a ‘secret’ trial for subversion – a process slammed by an international rights group as “a cruel charade.”
On 11 December 2018, Ath Thorn, Chea Mony, Mam Nhim, Pav Sina, Rong Chhun and Yang Sophorn, labour rights defenders were each handed two-and-a-half year suspended prison sentences by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and ordered to pay compensation of 35 million riel ($8,750) to two victims, Chea Sophany and Tim Vuthy.
Vietnam: Jailed Vietnam Activist Punished for Not Pleading Guilty
December 12, 2018
On 7 December 2018, Nguyen Trung Ton, a member of Brotherhood for Democracy who currently serving a 12-year jail sentence, was reportedly punished by prison authorities for maintaining his innocence of charges he plotted to overthrow his country’s communist government,
Indonesia: Supreme Court Increases Activist’s Sentence to 4 Years
November 27, 2018
On 20 November 2018, Hari Budiawan (alias Budi Pego), environmental rights defender was informed that the Supreme Court increased his prison term to four years
On 25 September 2018, Cyril Almeida, journalist, was issued an arrest warrant following an interview critical of the country’s powerful military.
On 26 September 2018, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, Lim Mony, and Yi Soksan, four human rights defenders from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) were convicted of ‘bribery of a witness’ under Article 548 of the Criminal Code, while a NEC official and former ADHOC staff member Ny Chakrya was found guilty as an accomplice under Articles 29 and 548 of the same Criminal Code. Each has been given a five-year sentence by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, with 14 months and one day considered served and the rest of the sentence suspended.