India, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand - restrictive law

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

Prosecution of activist Jolovan Wham reinforces climate of intimidation against dissent

Human rights activist Jolovan Wham was charged by the authorities in November 2017 for his involvement in several peaceful protests. There are concerns about a proposed bill to curb 'fake news' that could be used to further regulate and curtail online space. Read more

Prosecution of activist Jolovan Wham reinforces climate of intimidation against dissent

Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, unwarranted restrictions on freedom of expression can be used to silence dissidents in Thailand. In a recent example, Sulak Sivaraksa, an outspoken critic of Thai authorities was indicted on the 10th October 2017. Read more

Lèse-majesté laws used to silence dissidents

Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law

Freedom of expression in Thailand is worsening due to restrictive legislation passed in early May.
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Regional and national civil society condemn Thai government's new media law