China: Activist held on public order charges for posting umbrella selfie on Tiananmen Square
June 10, 2015
On 4 June 2015, Mr Du Yanlin, an activist was held on public order charges by authorities in Beijing after he raised a black umbrella at Tiananmen Square on the anniversary of the 4th of June 1989 military crackdown on the student-led democracy movement.
Chinese authorities have detained a number of activists across the country in recent days for online comments and activities linked to the 26th anniversary of the 4 June 1989 crackdown on the student-led democracy movement. On 3 June 2015, political rights activist, Mr Wang Jian, was detained by authorities in the northern port city of Tianjin after he had made comments online related to the 26th anniversary of the 4 June 1989 crackdown on the student-led democracy movement. Another activist, Mr. Lu Hengxian was placed under a a 10-day administrative sentence after he began a hunger strike with dozens of other dissidents to mark the anniversary. A third activist, Mr. Zhang Yi was taken away by police after he arranged to meet with friends for a meal to mark the anniversary. Online author Mr. Zhou Yahua was detained for posting an online article titled: “On this day in 1989, many Chinese university students were gunned down and killed on Tiananmen Square by the Chinese army,”
Republic of Korea: LGBTI Pride banned by police
June 5, 2015
On 4 June 2015, organisers of South Korea’s annual gay pride festival were banned by the police from holding the festival. However they vowed to push ahead with the planned parade in downtown Seoul, despite the police ban and protests from conservative Christian groups. More than 20,000 people had been expected to take part in the street parade on June 28.
On 4 June 2015, the launch of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) report on the human rights situation after the coup, was cancelled on the orders of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the police. The police sent a formal letter to the FCCT “asking for cooperation” that the event should not be held due to the fact that it may cause disturbance and instability of the current situation. Nevertheless, about 20 people from Thai and foreign media and representatives of embassies and international organizations still showed up and the event to give moral support to the TLHR and the FCCT. Despite the police’s demand, the TLHR held a press briefing in front of the FCCT to clarify about the cancellation at 6pm.
On 2 June 2015, Mrs Pham Thanh Nghien, a civil society activist and her family members were severely attacked by plainclothes police officers after a prominent blogger and her two colleagues tried to meet with her to discuss a nationwide campaign to free the country’s political prisoners.
Cambodia: Community member threatened with arrest by military police over land dispute protest
June 2, 2015
On 1 June 2015, a land rights activist who organised protests was threatened with arrest by the military police in Kampot province. Police said that they would arrest him if he failed to produce land titles for the hundreds of families who are locked in a land dispute with the provincial government. The landless families have been living on 1,300 hectares of land in Decho Aphivat commune that was promised to them in 2012 as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nationwide land-titling project. Since then, however, the plot has been set aside as social land concession for the families of some 240 military veterans, according to deputy provincial military police commander Sem Soeun.
On 23 May 2015, Mr. Wai Yan Aung, teacher and one of the organisers of the ‘column’ of students’ march towards Rangoon from Irrawaddy Division in protest of the National Education Law, was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour. He was convicted under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for organising a public protest without official permission.
On 27 May 2015, Mr. San Kim Heng, one of 11 opposition activists and lawmakers of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was questioned over his alleged role in a protest near the capital’s Freedom Park that turned violent on 15 July 2014.
Malaysia: 6 anti-GST rally participants slapped with arrest warrants for not appearing in court
May 27, 2015
On 26 May 2015, six protesters of the anti-GST protest in March had warrants of arrests issued against them by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court, for failing to turn up at the court. The six are S. Haarthi, 21, Mohd Faizal Mohd Sabri, 32, Afzanizam Hashim, 39, Muhammad Faizzuddin Mohd Zai, 21, Abdul Kudus Halim, 43, and E. Sarawanen, 43. They are charged with failing to disperse when told by the police to do so under Section 21(1)(d) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.
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.