On 28 May 2019, uman rights groups have called on Pakistan to investigate the killing of three people by the military during a protest by ethnic minority Pashtun people against heavy-handed treatment by the security forces.
On 12 May 2019, a prominent Afghan journalist and parliamentary adviser has been killed in Kabul.
On 4 May 2019, A reporter for the Awami Awaz press group (which publishes the leading regional Sindhi-language daily) and president of the local press club in Padidan, in Naushahro Feroze district, Ali Sher Rajpar was slain in a chilling fashion on the evening of 4 May, when he was shot five times at close range just after locking the press club gate.
Philippines: Ex-TV reporter who became human rights investigator killed in Cotabato ambush
June 4, 2019
On 1 May 2019, an investigator in the Bangsamoro Commission on Human Rights who was a former TV reporter of a local ABS-CBN outfit and his companion were killed in an ambush.
Vietnam: Academic arbitrarily detentained
May 13, 2019
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.
On 10 October 2018, three journalists from Eleven Media Group who criticised the Yangon government for wasting public money due to mismanagement in an article, were arrested.
Vietnam: Kien Giang Farmer Who Participates in June 10 Demonstration Found Dead after Police Interrogation
August 3, 2018
On 2 August 2018,Hua Hoang Anh, a farmer in Vietnam’s southern province of Kien Giang, who participated in the mass demonstration on June 10, 2018, was found dead after being interrogated by the local police, Defend the Defenders has learned.
On July 15 2018, protestant pastor Dinh Diem, a storng defender of freedom of religion and belief, and an adovcate of minority rights, was imprisoned on allegation of being “‘engaged in subversive activities to overthrow the people’s government” under Article 109 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code.
India: Gauri Lankesh – Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore
September 12, 2017
A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka
Philippines: 11 Land-Indigenous HRDs extrajudicial killed in the early months of the year 2017
June 19, 2017
In the Philippines, more than 11 HRDs working on land and indigenous rights were the victims of extra-judicial killing during the early 3 months of the year 2017.