Freedom of expression/online
On 10 July 2019, several defenders had an FIR filed against them for their role in writing and circulating a poem that explores the life experience of the people who are harassed in the National Register of Citizens process in Assam. Several of the defenders have also received threats to their life, threats of rape and other sexual assault.
China: Poet Detained in China’s Yunnan After Sharing Video of Hong Kong Pop-Star’s UN Appeal
July 31, 2019
On 11 July 2019, Wang Zang, poet and political activist was detained by police.
China: Harassment of journalists in Hong Kong
July 30, 2019
From 7 July 2019, several journalists have been reportedly harassed by authorities.
India: Brutal physical assault, cruel and inhuman treatment of a TV journalist and human rights defender Amit Sharma during the reporting of derailment of a goods train in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh
June 28, 2019
On 11 June 2019, Amit Sharma, who has extensively reported on corruption especially its prevalencein the GRP
forces, and the organised illegal nexus of the unauthorised vendors and GRPoperating in railway sector in Uttar Pradesh which involves huge illegal monetary transaction
in favour of the railway police, was brutally beaten by police
On 19 June 2019, Liu Xiaoyuan, a prominent Chinese lawyer. was formally stripped of his license to practise, four years after a nationwide police operation targeting the country’s human rights lawyers beginning on July 9, 2015.
Vietnam: Authorities in Nghe An Arrest Local Democracy Activist, Charging Him with “Conducting Anti-state Propaganda”
June 4, 2019
On 29 May 2019, security forces in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An arrested Mr. Nguyen Nang Tinh, a lecturer of the Nghe An College for Culture and Art, and charged him with “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Clause 1, Article 117 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code.
On 11 May 2019,
A Vietnamese court has jailed two activists on charges of publishing damaging anti-state propaganda about the communist-run country, state media reported Saturday, the latest convictions under a hardline leadership intolerant of dissent.
Vietnam: High School Teacher Fined for Online Activities and Setting Environmental Protection Campaign
June 4, 2019
In May 2019, Authorities in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan have imposed an administrative fine of VND7.5 million ($320) on local high school teacher Dang Nguyen Triet for allegation of “disseminating, store, use information on a Facebook account with the aim to tell lies, make false accusation, hurt the credibility of the Party and the state.”
On 17 May 2019, Abdul Kaium, a human rights activist, was detained and charged under section 57 of the draconian Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act or its more abusive successor, the Digital Security Act 2018.
On 15 May 2019, Poet-journalist Henry Swapan, who was sued for hurting religious sentiment under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, was arrested from his residence in Barishal city.