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Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Protests related to the April 2016 toxic spill by Formosa, a Taiwanese steel corporation persisted despite the arrest, imprisonment and use of excessive force against protesters and activists. Government critics continue be accused of vaguely defined national security crimes and are arbitrarily transferred to prisons far from their families. Read more

Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Tashi Wangchuk and other activists imprisoned as President Xi tightens grip on power

Activists were tried or convicted for their activism including Tibetan language education activist, Tashi Wangchuk. The families of four U.S.-based reporters for Radio Free Asia Uighur Service have been detained. There was a rare protest against the demolition of home of migrant communities in Beijing.
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Tashi Wangchuk and other activists imprisoned as President Xi tightens grip on power

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Activist and artist Fahmi Reza was convicted for posting a clown caricature of the prime minister on social media . Courts maintains travel ban on political cartoonist Zunar. Proposed legislation to curb fake news raises concerns Read more

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

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

Bahrain's assault on human rights continues

Freedom of expression in Bahrain was dealt a further blow with the sentencing of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab on 21st February 2018 to five years’ imprisonment. Rajab was sentenced after posts on social media denouncing the use of torture in Jaw prison and exposing the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition. Read more

 Bahrain's assault on human rights continues

Burundi: President silences critics and “illegally” taxes citizens in lead up to referendum

Scores have been arrested advocating that the people reject the proposed constitutional amendment which would extend the President Nkurunziza’s period in office beyond 2020. There have been protests against salary deductions from citizens to fund the country's 2020 general election. Read more

Burundi: President silences critics and “illegally” taxes citizens in lead up to referendum

2017 - "a bad year for journalists" in Lebanon and 2018 already cause for concern

Restrictions on press freedom in Lebanon have been highlighted by the Syndicate of Journalists, referring to 2017 as “a bad year for journalists”. Read more

2017 - "a bad year for journalists" in Lebanon and 2018 already cause for concern

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

New legislative changes proposed in Cambodia could further restrict civic space in the lead up to elections. The justice system continues to be misused to criminalise activists and government critics. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

Anti-US base activist faces imprisonment as Okinawa protests continue

Anti-US base activist Hiroji Yamashiro is facing a 2.5 year prison sentence as protests continue in Okinawa. Read more

Anti-US base activist faces imprisonment as Okinawa protests continue