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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

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

Singapore cracks down on critical news websites to silence dissent

In November 2018, Singapore blocked a critical news website and is investigating another on charges of defamation. Read more

Singapore cracks down on critical news websites to silence dissent

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Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Civil society groups believe the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act 2018 passed by the Parliament in March 2018 poses an additional threat to fundamental freedoms in Singapore. Read more

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

UN special rapporteurs warned that changes to security laws in Australia could be inconsistent with the its international human rights obligations . Media organisations demand a blanket public interest exemption for journalists to proposed bill. Protests at Australia-ASEAN meeting, by indigenous groups and against Adani coal mine Read more

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Environmental and indigenous rights defender Ricardo Mayumi , an opponent of a dam in Ifugao was shot dead. A government petition labelled several local indigenous rights activists as “terrorists”. Read more

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Decree on Associations imposes severe restrictions on civil society

A new Decree regulating civil society organisations imposes severe restrictions on them. There have been continued demands for justice five years after the enforced disappearance of Lao human rights defender Sombath Somphone. Read more

Decree on Associations imposes severe restrictions on civil society