Right to education
China: Chinese human rights lawyer banned from leaving the country to take up a law and human rights fellowship in the U.S.
May 1, 2019
On 1 April 2019, Chen Jiangang, prominent human rights lawyer was banned from boading his flight en route to the United States to take up a prestigious fellowship to study law and human rights.
Sri Lanka: attempted abduction of a student leader
July 24, 2017
On 20 July 2017, there was an attempt to abduct a leading student activist, Ryan Jayalath, by plainclothes officers who were allegedly supported by the police. Fortunately, the attempt was fail due to the intervention of some activists who were around him.
On 19 July 2017, Sanhanutta Sartthaporn, the Secretary General of education reform group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS), was visited by two plainclothes soldiers at school. They intimidated him to stop criticising “their boss”.
India: Activist detained under Goondas Act
July 18, 2017
On 12 July 2017, M. Valarmathi along with Jayanthi, her friend’s mother, were arrested for distributing pamphlets, which police claimed contained objectionable slogans “harming national interest” in front of the Government Arts College for Women in Salem city.
Chen went ‘missing’ on 3 May 2017 with his wife Zou Shaomei and the couple’s two sons during a family trip to the southwestern province of Yunnan after making a video saying he was concerned that he might be detained.
Later Chen Jiangang was in the custody of China’s state security police on 5 May 2017.
India: Kashmiri student detained and suspended from University for posting ‘anti-national’ comments
September 28, 2016
On 27 September 2016, Mudasir Rashid, a Kashmiri student, was detained in Srinagar, India, for allegedly posting “anti-national” comments on social media after the Uri terror attack. He has also been suspended by his college, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology.
China: Hong Kong student activist’s educational visa process delayed with no explanation
September 15, 2016
On 3 September 2016, Alex Chow, one of the leader of the Hong Kong’s umbrella movement protests, has been informed that his student visa application for the UK has been delayed with no explanation. The activist fears that the possible denial might be related to his involvement in the fight for democracy in the former British colony and because of his criminal conviction for the street occupation in September 2014.
On 22 August 2016, at the start of the new Chinese academic year, children of some dissidents and critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, including grassroots activist Ran Chongbi, rights activist Zhang Lin and the fellow petitioner Hao Huanglin, continue to be denied access to education.
On 9 March 2016, Me Me, a prominent rights activist, has decided to remain in prison in Yangon, Myanmar, rather than pay a fine regarding charges of violating Article 18 of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law.
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.