Minority Rights

  • India: Indigenous HRD arrested
    April 1, 2019

    On 3 March 2019, Dongria Kondh, a vulnerable indigenous tribal group that residesin the Niyamgiri hill range, was arbitrarily arrested.

  • India: Judicial harassment against HRDs in Tripura
    February 28, 2019

    On 5 February 2019, Mr. Jagadish Debbarma leader of (Indigenous National Party of Tripura) INPT, Mr. Aghore Debbarma, leader of Tipraha faction of Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and Activist Mr. Anthony Debbarma of Borok People’s Human Rights Organisation (BPHRO), had suo motu cases of sedition filed against them

  • Myanmar: 21 Injured During Protest Against Aung San Statue in Myanmar’s Kayah State
    February 19, 2019

    On 12 February 2019, 21 ethnic Karenni protesters were injured when police used rubber bullets and a water cannon to break up a demonstration in Kayah state capital’s Loikaw over a statue of the father of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi

  • India: Activist Accused In Koregaon Bhima Case Arrested At Mumbai Airport
    February 2, 2019

    On 2 Febuary 2019, Anand Teltumbde, Dalit scholar, was arrested at Mumbai airport, a day after his request for protection from arrest was rejected by a court.

  • Philippines: Lumad leader shot in Agusan del Sur
    November 30, 2018

    On 23 November 2018,Datu Walter España, 34, a Lumad-Manobo and barangay chairperson of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur (Namasur)-Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Caraga, was shot several times by eight armed men. His companion, identified as Rommel Romon, 22, died in the attack.

  • Thailand: Complaints filed against six Karen land rights defenders
    November 5, 2018

    On 25 October 2018, 6 Karen rights defenders and their family members, were mentioned in a complaint filed by Mr. Attapong Pao-on, an officer of the ‘Praya Sue’ task force led by Mr. Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn – the former Chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park.

  • China: Chinese Police Threaten Muslim Poet Who Tweeted About Xinjiang Camps
    August 21, 2018

    On 16 August 2018, Cui Haoxin, a member of the Hui Muslim ethnic group known by his pen-name An Ran, and a well known minority rights defender, was visited and threatened by police after tweeting about the mass incarceration of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s political “re-education camps.”

  • Malaysia: LGBT activists’ portraits removed from George Town Festival exhibition
    August 8, 2018

    On 8 August 2018, Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik, LGBT activists, had photos of them posing with the Malaysian taken down from a photography exhibition at the George Town Festival (GTF) 2018 on “instruction”. They have also recieved threats online for their photos.

  • Philippines: 13 activists, church workers arrested in Gensan
    July 13, 2018

    On July 4 2018, 13 activists were arrested while attending a seminar on farmers and Lumad issues at the Mother Francisca and Spirituality Center, Radasa St., Ladao, General Santos City.

  • Myanmar: Karenni Youth Activists Sued Over Aung San Statue Protest
    July 12, 2018

    On 10 July 2018, 16 ethnic Karenni youth activists were sued for organizing a protest against plans to erect a statue of late independence hero General Aung San in the Karenni State capital, Loikaw.