criminal defamation

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

In recent months there have been arrests and prosecution of individuals under defamation laws for criticising the monarchy and religion online while human rights defenders continue to face police questioning for dissent. A women’s day march has come under attack while the indigenous Orang Asli community continues to defend their land against encroachment. Read more

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Media censored, activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Ahead of the 24 March elections there have been continued reports of media outlets and journalists being censored, activists being silenced and criminalised and opposition politicians being targeted . Further, restrictive laws and decrees issued by the military junta have yet to be lifted. Read more

Media censored,  activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

A popular Nepali folk singer was forced to remove a satirical song on corruption from YouTube after the youth wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) allegedly threatened him. In February 2019, Nepal's government tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh sanctions for "improper" social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent. Read more

Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

News website Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa is facing two indictments for cyber-libel and taxation that human rights groups believe to be politically motivated. Government critic Senator Leila de Lima has spent two years in arbitrary detention. In January 2019, Randy Felix Malayao, a human rights defender and peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was shot dead Read more

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative


Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns

In February 2019, it was reported that two government officials in Vanuatu are seeking criminal defamation charges against at least five activists for their allegations that he had unlawfully influenced the appointment of a Public Service Commissioner. Read more

Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns


Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

In January 2019, Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In February 2019, the European Union officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over human rights concerns, Read more

Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near