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Activists, academics and journalists in India face judicial harassment despite pandemic

The Narendra Modi government has continued its persecution of human rights defenders, activists, student leaders and journalists. Political activists and student leaders continue to be the government’s prime targets, with some detained under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and for sedition. A raging pandemic and national lockdown has not stopped the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from making more arrests in the controversial Bhima Koregaon case of 2018. Human rights groups have continued to remain concerned about violations in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
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Activists, academics and journalists in India face judicial harassment despite pandemic

Protests in Indonesia against weakening of labour laws as activists and critics are silenced

There have been mass protests in recent months against proposed new laws that could weaken labour and environmental rights in Indonesia. Scores of Papuan activists are facing trial for their activism while the national human rights body has finally issued a report on the 2014 killing of four Papuan students involved in a protest. Defamation laws are being used to silence critics of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while human rights defenders are facing threats and arrests Read more

Protests in Indonesia against weakening of labour laws as activists and critics are silenced

Civil society calls on authorities to address police inaction and hate speech around Delhi violence

Civil society groups have called on both the Central and Delhi governments to take all necessary measures to prevent further violence, address police inaction and denounce hate speech by political leaders after violence broke out on 23rd February 2020 in New Delhi. Read more

Civil society calls on authorities to address police inaction and hate speech around Delhi violence

News site blocked while critics and journalists arrested or attacked with impunity in Bangladesh

In recent months, the Bangladesh authorities have blocked a news website and arrested and charged critics under the draconian Digital Security Act. Activists linked to the ruling party were involved in attacks on journalists covering the Dhaka municipal elections in February 2020 and the death of a student who criticised the government online. There have been restrictions and attacks on peaceful rallies by opposition groups while Rohingya refugees face increasing restrictions in Cox Bazar. Read more

News site blocked while critics and journalists arrested or attacked with impunity in Bangladesh

NGOs highlight suppression around virus outbreak in China while persecution of activists continue

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in China, the authorities have attempted to restrict information by censoring articles and social media posts about the epidemic, punish netizens and harass and threaten human rights defenders sharing information. Over a dozen lawyers and activists have been arrested and detained over the new year. Hong Kong barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the country and have continued their repression of protests while leaked documented have revealed further the crackdown on the Uighurs. Read more

NGOs highlight suppression around virus outbreak in China while persecution of activists continue

Discriminatory citizenship law sparks a month of protests in India and brutal response from police

Over the last month, a divisive and discriminatory citizenship law has sparked widespread protests in India. It has been met with excessive force and deadly violence by the authorities, with at least 27 killed and hundreds injured. Critics of the law and activists have been arrested while there have been allegations of torture in detention by the police in Uttar Pradesh. The police also failed to protect attacks against students by a pro-government mob at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Read more

Discriminatory citizenship law sparks a month of protests in India and brutal response from police

Lack of accountability for police violence, attacks on journalists and activists in Indonesia

In the last few months, mass protests by students were met with excessive use of force and firearms by the police with impunity. Further, activists peacefully protesting on West Papua are facing “rebellion” charges while two journalists and an environmental activist have died. Police have also attacked journalists covering a protest while the authorities continue to pursue a human rights lawyer for her activism on West Papua. Read more

Lack of accountability for police violence, attacks on journalists and activists in Indonesia

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

Over the last two months there have been continued reports of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture by the police, a ban on face masks and attacks on protest leaders and journalists. Further, protesters have been targeted by trolls on social media and Apple deleted a protest app. Read more

Hong Kong protesters face arrests, excessive force and torture while journalists ill-treated

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

For the last few weeks West Papuans have been protesting attacks against Papuan students in Surabaya and racial insults hurled against them. In response the authorities shut down the internet in many parts of the Papuan region, arrested political activists and used excessive force against protesters with some killed or injured Read more

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

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