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Protesters in Slamet Mountain brutally attacked and dispersed by police

On 9th October 2017, police from Banyumas Police Station, along with Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP), brutally attacked peaceful protesters at an assembly against a Geothermal Power Plant (PLTPB) on Slamet mountain in Central Java Project. Read more

Protesters in Slamet Mountain brutally attacked and dispersed by police

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

On 16th and 17th September 2017, human rights groups, consisting of survivors, victims of past human rights abuses and human rights defenders organised a seminar in the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) office. While discussion mainly focused on addressing human rights atrocities committed during the 1965-1966 massacres, the meeting also aroused suspicion within Indonesian society for its political motivations. Read more

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

Chinese laws further suppress and squeeze out civil society

Civil society has expressed serious concern over China’s new law on national security. The National People's Congress (NPC) released the draft National Intelligence Law on 16th May 2017 for the public's commentary through 4th June. Rights group the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) believes that the law aims to conduct surveillance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by expanding the power of state intelligence agencies. Read more

Chinese laws further suppress and squeeze out civil society

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest

The worst drought in 140 years in Southern India has driven farmers to protest against the lack of government assistance to help those in need. Read more

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

On 1st October, at least four protestors were shot dead by security forces in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand while protesting against a land acquisition by a public sector utility NTPC. Read more

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

As the death toll reaches over 90, and with thousands of civilians injured, the conditions for civic activism in the Kashmir region are closing rapidly under pressure from the authorities. While protests rage, clashes between protesters and security forces have become a regular occurrence. Read more

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Freedom of expression and media freedom are under major threat in Bangladesh. According to rights group Ain o Salish Kendra 74 journalists were allegedly subjected to torture in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016. Read more

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks