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

Persistent suppression of critics in Bangladesh following elections

In the last few months, the authorities have continued to censor or ban news websites or blogs and use defamation laws such as the Digital Security Act to criminalise journalists and government critics. Read more

Persistent suppression of  critics in Bangladesh following elections

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Crackdown escalates on peaceful assembly in West Papua

There have been a series of arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in the region of West Papua in the last month Read more

Crackdown escalates on peaceful assembly in West Papua

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

In early August 2018, police used excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse peaceful demonstrations in Dhaka which were triggered by the killing of two teenagers by a speeding bus . Protesters were also attacked by youth wing of the ruling party.. Since then around a hundred individuals have been charged Read more

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid concern about denial of access to West Papua

On 18th June 2018, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein raised concerns about the continued failure of the Indonesian government to honor its invitation for his office to visit West Papua. Data provided by Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia shows there were 60 cases of violence or intimidation against journalists in 2017 Read more

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid concern about denial of access to West Papua

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

The crackdown on the opposition and activists have continued ahead of the July elections. The UN has found the detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha to be arbitrary and have called for his release. Human rights groups have condemned the last blow to press freedom with the opaque sale of the Phnom Penh post. Two people have now been charged under the new lese majeste law Read more

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Up to 13 protestors were shot dead during a week of protests calling for the closure of a copper plant in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Read more

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

In early April 2018, the police together with the student wing of the ruling party unleashed violence against students protesting in Dhaka against the quota system. Read more

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

Student activists were arrested or ill-treated in protests around land and environmental issues. Authorities used defamation laws to criminalise online expression. Read more

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

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