Political opposition

  • China: Tibetan monks detained ahead of 1959 Tibetan revolt anniversary
    June 10, 2015

    On 5 June 2015, four monks were taken into custody by the police in northwestern China’s Gansu province at a large and well-known Tibetan monastery. Activists says the action of the Chinese authorities is aimed at preventing protests of the 10 March anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule.

  • 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.

  • China: Veteran Chinese democracy activist forcibly held in psychiatric unit
    June 9, 2015

    Authorities in Shanghai have been forcibly holding Mr Qiao Zhongling, an elderly veteran of China’s 1978 pro-democracy movement in psychiatric facilities for more than five years. According to a whistle-blowing psychiatrist, he has been transferred between three separate psychiatric hospitals in Shanghai over the past five years. Qiao was designated a counterrevolutionary during the political turmoil of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), before joining the Democracy Wall movement instigated by Wei Jingsheng and a handful of other dissidents, and then started the Shanghai Democracy Forum in 1978.

  • China: Activists jailed for ‘troublemaking’ over Tiananmen crackdown anniversary
    June 9, 2015

    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,”

  • Cambodia: Opposition activist questioned over 2014 Freedom Park protest
    May 28, 2015

    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.

  • Thailand: Anti-junta student activists detained in Khon Kaen
    May 25, 2015

    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.

  • Thailand: Anti-junta activists arrested on one-year anniversary of 2014 coup
    May 25, 2015

    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.

  • Thailand: 34 activists detained for peaceful protest on one-year anniversary of 2014 coup
    May 25, 2015

    On 22 May 2015, at least 34 student activists were arrested by police officers for commemorating the coup. The first arrests occurred about 6 pm after a group of students gathered at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) with about a hundred police officers and about 20 plainclothes officers deployed in the area. All were released the next day.

  • Thailand: Red shirt activist was detained for selling t-shirt to help Thai political prisnors
    May 21, 2015

    On 19 May 2015, Mr Anurak Jentawanit, a red-shirt activist and an expatriate were detained for selling and buying campaign t-shirts to help Thai political prisoners.

  • Maldives: Anti-government protesters of May Day rally to be charged
    May 12, 2015

    On 17 May 2015, Prosecutor General Muhthaz Muhsin said he will press charges against 30 of the 193 protesters arrested from a mass antigovernment protest on 1 May. Over 20,000 opposition supporters took to the streets on 1 May over the imprisonment of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed and ex-defence minister Mohamed Nazim. Police cracked down on protesters at dusk when they attempted to enter Malé’s restricted Republic Square. Nearly 200 were arrested and scores were injured.