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Civil society concerned about risks to fundamental freedoms in Kashmir as special status revoked

Civil society groups have raised concerns about the threats to fundamental freedoms in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of its special status by the central government on 5 August 2019 Read more

Civil society concerned about risks to fundamental freedoms in Kashmir as special status revoked

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Since March 2019, activists in China have been arrested for their work and human rights lawyers banned from leaving the country while peaceful protesters have been detained by the authorities. In Hong Kong there has been mass protests against an extradition bill which has been met with excessive force by the police while surveillance was ramped up around the Tiananmen anniversary. Read more

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Indonesian civil society finds human rights violations during deadly post-election protests

Human rights groups have report of violations during the May 2019 violent post-elections protests. There have also been attacks on peaceful protests by West Papuan activists, a conviction for criminal defamation, banning of a film for its LGBT content and the criminalisation of a human rights defender for allegedly criticising the military. Read more

Indonesian civil society finds human rights violations during deadly post-election protests

Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist

Over the last few months, there has been the continued use of restrictive laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Sedition Act to harass, criminalise and detain activists and silence dissent. Cases have also been documented of attacks and ill-treatment of activists by the police, attacks on journalists and at least one case of an activist that has gone missing. Read more

Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist

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