On 24 April 2018, as many as 300 indigenous Filipinos were blocked by 40 policemen from marching towards the gates of the summer courthouse of the Supreme Court as they called on the Court to dismiss a quo warranto petition filed to oust Chief Justice-on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno.
On April 21, a group of Hanoi-based intellectuals, including Dr. Nguyen Quang A, retired police Colonel Nguyen Dang Quang and veteran writer Nguyen Binh Nguyen, were stopped by thugs and later police in a trumped-up traffic accident after they visited villagers in Dong Tam commune. On the next day, many activists in Hanoi were placed under house arrest as local authorities sent plainclothes agents and militia to their private residences in a bid to prevent them from going to Dong Tam to mark the first anniversary of the end of Dong Tam hostage crisis.
On 7 March 2018, CCFC, held was gender equality event in Tbong Khmum but wasbroken up by provincial police espite the fact that the NGO hosting the event had received permission for the celebration.
On 16 March 2018, The Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community, held a public forum with 40 villagers on the topic of community development in Romeas Hek district’s Ampil commune, but was blockaded by police forces.
Philippines: Peasant leader killed in Compostela Valley
March 22, 2018
On 20 March 2018, Agudo Quillo, the chairperson of Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Pantukan (HUMAPAN), a municipal-wide peasant organization, and outspoken activist against opposition to the large-scale mining operation of St. Augustine Mining Limited and Kingking Pantukan Mining that threatened farmer and indgenous land, was killed.
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.
Philippines: land rights activist arrested by SWAT team who planted a gun in his house
February 27, 2018
On 23 Feburary 2018, Roger Gonzales, farmer and council member of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (NAMASUR-KMP) was arrested by about 30 combined SWAT and Provincial Public Safety Battalion (PPSB) personnel in his home for allegedly owning a gun, which the SWAT team had planted in his home earlier that day.
India: Over 100 Activists Detained for protesting about the anger over the death of activist Bhanubhai Vankar
February 19, 2018
On 17 Feburary 2018, over 100 Dalit activists were detained and blockaded as they demanded – in protest – justice for activist Bhanubhai Vankar.
India: Dalit activist attempts self immolation in Gujarat as response to land deregularisation
February 16, 2018
On 15 Feburary 2018, Bhanu Vankar, Dalit activist, attempted self immolation in front of the Collector Office in Patan, Gujarat, protesting the authorities’ failure to regularise a piece of land allotted to him.
On 7 Febuary 2018, Tep Vanny, land rights activist, attended an appeal hearing at The Supreme Court in Cambodia, where her 30-month sentence on charges relating to the 2013 protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house, was upheld.