Right to political participation
On 29 May 2018, 47 more individuals who participated in a pro-election rally on 22 May 2018, wre summoned to be charged or exercising their freedom of peaceful assembly to call for elections and democracy.
Thailand: Arrest and charging of pro-democracy activists calling for elections and democracy
June 3, 2018
On 22 May 2018,15 pro-democracy activists were charged by police with sedition, violating the junta’s ban on political gathering of five persons under the Head of the NCPO Order and the Road Traffic Act, for holding a pro-election demonstration.
On 17 April 2018, a political party formed by the leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong had its application to register as a company was rejected.
Philippines: Australian nun, 71, faces deportation from the Philippines for ‘illegal political activities’
April 18, 2018
On 16 April 2018, Sister Fo, the superior of the Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, a congregation of Catholic nuns, who has been advocating for the rights of the poor in the philippines, has been threatened for deportation for engaging in ‘illegal political activities’.
On 16 March 2018, The Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community, held a public forum with 40 villagers on the topic of community development in Romeas Hek district’s Ampil commune, but was blockaded by police forces.
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.
India: the illegal and arbitrary arrest of Damodar Turi
March 13, 2018
On February 15 2018, Mr. Damodar Turi, a human rights defender and has been active in Jharkhand for many years in raising issues related to forceful displacement of tribals (adivasis), was arbitrarily arrested.
Philippines: DOJ’s creates ‘severely defective’ list of ‘terrorists’ that targets W/HRDs
March 12, 2018
On 21 Februrary 2018, around 600 activists including UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, were identified as terrorists in a motion filed in the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
India: Illegal and arbitrary arrest of Advocate Upendra Nayak by Odisha Police in Odisha
March 9, 2018
On February 21, 2018 at Uprenda Nayak was subject to illegal and arribtrary arrest.
On Februrary 28, the wife of Vietnamese pastor and democracy advocate held in custody since last July, reported her husband to be in failing health in jail, with injuries suffered in a beating last year still not fully healed.