On 23 April 2018, it was revealed that Dao Quang Thuc, Retired teacher who was arrested on October 5 last year on allegation of subversion, has been tortured and inhumanely treated in pre-trial detention, the family informed Defend the Defenders.
India: Harassment, attack and intimidation of Dalit rights activists and human rights defenders by registering false complaints against them in Rajasthan
April 20, 2018
On April 2 2018, 7 Dalit rights activists and HRDs were attacked by a mob under police watch. False charges were later made against them.
On 5 April 2018, an indigenous Karen man from Ler Mu Plaw village in Karen State’s Papun district was shot dead by the Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw).
Philippines: suspected military agents attempted to enter the home of WHRD Audrey Beltran
April 4, 2018
On 30 March 2018, suspected military agents attempted to enter the home of Audrey Beltran, member of the Karapatan National Council and Vice Chairperson of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), a regional chapter of Karapatan.
India: Journalist and HRD killed
March 27, 2018
On 20 March 2018, Sandeep Sharma, a journalist who had been investigating the illegal trade in sand for a television channel, was killed by a suspected state actor that ran her over with a truck.
Vietnam: One Activist Beaten, Two Detained while Many Others under House Arrest on 30th Anniversary of Gac Ma Loss to China
March 19, 2018
On March 14 2018, Nguyen Thuy Hanh, Huynh Ngoc Chenh and Truong Van Dung, activists that played a key role in planning commemoration for 64 naval soldiers who were killed by China’s naval forces during the invasion of the island, were detained by authourities. One of them was also beaten under detention and hospitalised thereafter.
Bangladesh: 2 hill women leaders abducted at gunpoint
March 19, 2018
On 18 March 2018, unidentified criminals attacked a house and abducted two leaders of United People’s Democratic Front-backed Hill Women’s Federation from Kudukchari in Rangamati.
On 2 March 2018, Ricardo Mayumi, group leader of Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), was fatally shot in his home in Kiangan by, according to KARAPATAN’s claims, military forces.
Bangladesh: Top secular writer attacked
March 6, 2018
On March 3 2018, Zafar Iqbal, a celebrated secular activist and bestselling science fiction writer, was rushed to a hospital in Sylhet after being attacked.
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.