List of HRDs’ Cases
Vietnam: Academic arbitrarily detentained
May 13, 2019, 5:23 amAcademic freedom, Arbitrary arrest and detention, Extrajudicial killing, Freedom of expression, Political detainees
Professor Pham Minh Hoang is a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic Institute, and, according to a statement released by his wife following his arrest, he is concerned with social justice and corruption.
On 13 August 2010 Professor Pham Minh Hoang was arbitrarily detained under Article 79 of the Vietnamese Penal Code (VPC) on charges of belonging to a banned political group. Prior to his arrest the authorities had reportedly told the human rights defender that he would be arrested if he did not confess to belonging to the democracy group Viet Tan. Article 79 of the VPC bans any “activities aimed at overthrowing the Government”. Professor Pham Minh Hoang’s current detention location is unknown.
Professor Pham Minh Hoang actively supported protests against bauxite mining in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. He had also attended a conference that was held in Saigon which looked at the issue of Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands. The Professor’s wife has reported that the police are investigating leadership training courses that Professor Pham Minh Hoang had offered to some of his students.
On 29 November 2011, the Court of Appeals of the Supreme People’s Court reduced the sentence of human rights defender Professor Pham Minh Hoang from three years to 17 months.
On 17 January 2012, Professor Pham Minh Hoang was released from prison.
China: Ai Weiwei placed under house arrest
May 13, 2019, 5:19 am
Ai Weiwei posted on Twitter that he has been told he may not leave his home until 12.00 on 7 November 2010.The house arrest relates to a ‘celebration’ that Ai Weiwei had planned to mark the government-ordered demolition of his art studio in Shanghai. He had invited people to attend a banquet of wine and river crabs to bid farewell to his studio. The Chinese for ‘river crabs’ sounds similar to ‘harmonise’, a phrase the government regularly employs to mean censorship. more…
Vietnam: Three Vietnamese Facebookers promoting civic rights kidnapped and detained
May 9, 2019, 4:12 amAbduction, Arbitrary arrest and detention, Freedom of expression/online, Intimidation and threats, Judicial harrasment, Right to healthy and safe environment
On 30 April 2019, three facebookers known for posting about human rights issues in Vietnam were kidnapped. more…
Pakistan: Pakistani journalist killed
May 9, 2019, 4:07 am
On 30 April 2019, Malik Amanullah Khan, a reporter for the online daily Meezan-e-Adl and president of the press club in the town of Parowa, was killed. more…
Cambodia: Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities
May 9, 2019, 4:00 am
On 30 April 2019, 5 members of the CNRP, was summoned to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago. 7 others were summoned the following day. more…
Vietnam: Undercover policemen in Ho Chi Minh City have assaulted charity worker Nguyen Van Dieu Linh due to his efforts to help war invalids who fighted on the side of the Vietnam Republic during the Vietnam War.
May 1, 2019, 10:14 amGender based violence, Intimidation and threats, Right to healthy and safe environment, Wounds and injuries
On 22 April 2019, Nguyen Van Dieu Linh, charity worker, was attacked by Plainclothes Agents more…
Vietnam: Two HRDs detained for 44 anniversary of reunifcation
May 1, 2019, 10:09 am
On 24 April 2019, Nguyen Chi Vung and Tran Tranh Giang , pro-democracy Giang were arrested as security intensifies in the lead up to the 44th anniversary of the country’s unification. more…
Thailand:Outspoken Rights Commissioner Harassed
May 1, 2019, 9:55 amAdministrative harassment , Freedom of expression, Intimidation and threats, Judicial harrasment, Repressive legislation
On 30 April 2019, Angkhana Neelapaijit, National Human Rights Commissioner of Thailand who has repeatedly spoken out about Thailand’s pressing human rights problems under the military junta, has been placed under investigation. more…
Thailand: EC accuses activist, critic of libel
May 1, 2019, 9:52 am
On 5 April 2019, Nuttaa Mahuttana and Sirote Klampaiboon, pro-democracy defenders were charged for allegedly libeling the agency. more…
China: China Places Dissidents, Petitioners Under Surveillance Ahead of Forum
May 1, 2019, 9:48 amFreedom of assembly, Freedom of expression, Freedom of movement, Judicial harrasment, Right to privacy, Surveillance, Travel restriction
On 23 April 2019, several dissidents were placed under police guard and stepped up city-wide security ahead of a high-profile conference showcasing President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” global infrastructure plan. more…