Human Rights Defenders
On 1 June 2015, award-winning writer and human rights activist Ms. Taslima Nasreen relocated to the US after she was specifically named as an imminent target by the same extremists responsible for the murders of Bangladeshi bloggers Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, and Ananta Bijoy Das.
The Philippines: Factory workers dismissed due to their activism to demand workers’ rights
June 1, 2015
On 19 May 2015, at least 50 workers from the Tanggulan, Ugnayan, Daluyan ng Lakas ng Anakpawis ng Tanduay Distillers Inc (TUDLA) were reportedly injured as security personnel and hired goons of the ABI trained water cannons and threw stones at the striking workers and beat them with big cudgels and truncheons to disperse the strikers and dismantle the picket line in front of the Tanduay compound. In addition, Workers under TUDLA believe that their “dismissal” from work is connected to their effort at organising themselves into an association and their pending complaint questioning the legitimacy of the two labor contractors.
On 26 May 2015, nine people, including three farmers’ rights activists, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to five months in connection with a plough protest held on military-held land in Mandalay Division’s Meikhtila District. The farmers had filed complaints several times with senior government officials but had been repeatedly ignored. In 2013, after staging a symbolic plough protest, they were arrested and charged with several counts including sedition. They have appeared in court over 70 times since. Tthe group has been transferred to Meikhtila prison where they will serve their terms.
On 26 May 2015, Mr Joshua Wong, a prominent Hong Kong student leader was detained by Malaysian immigration officers shortly after arriving at Penang International Airport. He was supposed to speak at several forums in Malaysia on June 3, the eve of the 26th anniversary of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.
On 22 May 2015, seven students activists from the Dao Din group, a student activist group based in Khon Kaen University, were arrested for holding an anti-junta political activity on the first anniversary of 2014 coup d’état. The seven were arrested shortly after they held a banner against the junta which simply says ‘Against the coup d’état’. They also put up placards with various comments against the regime. They were later released on bail.
On 22 May 2015, Mr Sirawit Serithiwat, a student activist from Thammasat University, Mr Pansak Srithep, a pro-democracy activist and the father of a boy killed by the military during the 2010 political violence, and Mr Wannakiet Chusuwana, a pro-democracy activist and taxi driver, key members of Resistant Citizen, were arrested on their way to file a criminal charge against the Thai junta leader for staging a coup d’état in 2014. They were brought to the police station and later released.
On 21 May 2015, authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said that they will “track down” the leaders of a mass protest that gathered outside government offices in protest over plans to build a waste incinerator near their homes.
On 12 May 2015, Mr Teresito Mula Labastilla, a former priest and human rights defender of indigenous people and farmers ,was killed by unknown assailants on a motorcycle. The victim was known for his advocacy for the environment and good governance. It is believed that he was killed due to his support to farmer beneficiaries in relation to their land struggle.
On 29 October 2013, Ms. Lascoña Tulid was shot point-blank by a man who was identified as Mr. Rannie Bugnot, trustee of an alleged land grabber in the area, Mr. Edwin Ausa. Ms. Tulid, who suffered gunshot wounds in the nape, mouth, left eye and left thigh, was pronounced dead on the spot. Her husband and daughter who were with here both managed to run away and seek help. It is reported that since the killing, Ms. Tulid’s Elisa’s husband, Mr. Danny Boy and their daughter have been suffering the trauma of witnessing the murder in front of them.
China: Two activists are jailed by Chinese Authorities for their cover up of a Police Shooting
May 21, 2015
On 19 May 2015, authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi have jailed an outspoken social media activist Chai Baowen for 10 days, while a second activist Wu Gan is being held at an unknown location after they tried to expose an official cover-up of a police shooting of a petitioner in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.