Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand - excessive force

Bangladeshi government brutally cracks down on opposition rallies as well as journalists and dissidents

Since August 2022, there have been systematic efforts to disrupt gatherings and protests by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with police using excessive force and, in some instances, firearms. Thousands have also been arbitrarily arrested. There have been ongoing cases of enforced disappearances and intimidation of their families as the government vilified the UN working group on enforced disappearances. The de-registration of human rights group Odhikar was upheld by the government, families of journalists abroad faced harassment and the government attempted to silence social media critics. Read more

Bangladeshi government brutally cracks down on opposition rallies as well as journalists and dissidents

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Since August 2022, there have been ongoing concerns around prosecutions under the now lifted Emergency Decree, prosecutions of child protesters, electronic surveillance of activists and excessive force used against protesters and journalists around the APEC summit. There are also concerns around the judicial harassment of woman rights defender Nada Chaiyajit, Uyghurs languishing in detention and ongoing prosecutions for royal defamation. Read more

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Widespread protests in China met with repression including restrictions, harassment and censorship

Unprecedented protests have erupted across China including in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, and Chengdu due to widespread public frustration with the “zero-COVID” policy, lockdowns and other restrictions. The authorities have moved swiftly to stifle the mass protests by blocking protest sites, harassing and arresting protesters, and have stepped up surveillance and censorship of social media.
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Widespread protests in China met with repression including restrictions, harassment and censorship

Government agencies used to silence dissent in India as its rights record is scrutinised at the UN

In recent months we have continued to see raids and investigation of NGOs, detention of human rights defenders, journalists and protesters, restrictions on journalists and disruption of protests Read more

Government agencies used to silence dissent in India as its rights record is scrutinised at the UN

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

In recent months, the harassment and attacks against the NagaWorld casino workers’ union has persisted. Communities involved in land disputes faced harassment while travelling to the capital. Five forests activists were convicted, while the convictions of other activists were upheld. The harassment and prosecution of the opposition has persisted. Press freedom continues to be at risk in Cambodia and there has been slow progress on the Access to Information Bill. Read more

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term

In recent months, protests against COVID-19 restrictions and around a banking scandal were reported. There was surveillance and restrictions of activists around the Tiananmen massacre anniversary in June 2022, while a number of activists and lawyers have been prosecuted and sentenced for their activism, some in closed door trials. A new report shows how authorities are still locking up critics in psychiatric facilities. There has been ongoing censorship of criticism and politically sensitive topics, including around the zero COVID-19 policy, while journalists have continued to face arrest and harassment. Read more

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term

Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

Human rights abuses have continued to be reported including judicial harassment of human rights defenders as well as the families of activists in exile. Families of the disappeared have been coerced to sign statements denying the violation took place. Journalists have also been targeted as well as media outlets critical of the state. The police have also disrupted and used excessive force against protesters. In some cases, ruling party supporters were also involved in attacks on protesters with impunity. Read more

Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

The authorities have blocked access to foreign funding for NGOs using the restrictive Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and raided the offices of human rights groups for allegedly violating the law. There continues to be a lack of accountability on the use of the Pegasus spyware against activists, while human rights defenders and journalists continue to be targeted, including in Jammu and Kashmir. Activists and protesters also remain in detention on various trumped up charges. Read more

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

Crackdown on union strike in Cambodia while repression of opposition and critics continues

In recent months, despite the release of activists, Hun Sen’s government continued to target members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and journalists. The extradition of two opposition activists and political refugees from Thailand to Cambodia has raised criticism on the collusion between the two ASEAN countries and the lack of protection provided to those who have fled repression in Cambodia. Protests have also been suppressed including during the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace agreements and most recently around the strike by a casino workers’ union. Read more

Crackdown on union strike in Cambodia while repression of opposition and critics continues

Thai activists and protesters face judicial harassment, excessive force despite upcoming UN review

In recent months activists and protest leaders have continued to be summoned, arrested and detained on various charges including royal defamation and sedition. Some have been denied bail. A new emergency regulation issued in August 2021 threatens online freedoms. Criminal defamation charges have been brought by companies against a woman activist and a journalist. Police have used excessive force including water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protests. Protesters have been detained and suffered injuries, including children. Concerns continue to be raised about a draft law which includes counter-terrorism financing measures to regulate non-profit groups.
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Thai activists and protesters face judicial harassment, excessive force despite upcoming UN review