Right to political participation
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.
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.
On 29 February 2018, authorities in Beijing placed a number of high-profile dissidents and rights activists under close surveillance in the wake of an announcement by the ruling Chinese Communist Party that it plans to remove limits to leaders’ terms in office.
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.
On Februrary 26 2018, the of wife of Jiang Tianyong, jailed Chinese human rights lawyer, reported that her husband is suffering from memory loss in prison, raising concerns that the authorities may be dosing him with psychoactive medications.