Asia and Pacific - IFEX Member Campaigns
The International Partnership Mission to Indonesia travelled to the country to meet with journalists, government and civil society representatives to review the media environment one year on since its first visit in December 2014. Significantly, it also conducted a fact-finding visit to Papua.
The International Partnership Mission for Indonesia and AJI have called for a thorough investigation into the 1996 murder of Indonesian journalist Udin. Evidence suggests the murder was in retaliation for his reporting into alleged corruption and election rigging.
Gao, 71, has been incarcerated since her apprehension in April 2014 for allegedly leaking an internal Chinese Communist Party document disparaging human rights. She suffers from chronic heart pain, high blood pressure, and other diseases.
In a joint letter, NGOs and membership organisations have called on the National Assembly of Cambodia to immediately withdraw the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO).
The International Partnership Mission to Indonesia encourages President Widodo to ensure that journalists are free to operate in all parts of the country, and to protect the safety of both foreign and Indonesian journalists.
The groups urged donors and others to press the government not to revive a 2011 draft law that was shelved under domestic and international pressure because it threatened freedom of association and expression.
Free expression and human rights organisations have reacted to the government of Nauru's decision to block certain services on the internet and to amend the criminal code to impose new penalties on expression.
Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.
NGOs, parliamentarians and solidarity groups all around the world are telling Indonesia that human rights abuses in Papua can no longer be ignored. Papuan voices must be heard. In this age of information, it's astounding that there are blackspot regions like West Papua.
Concerns include the use of Malaysia's Sedition Act to suppress legitimate criticism of government and courts.
Various groups expressed misgivings about the process by which a cybercrime bill was drafted and revised. The democratic process in Pakistan is undermined and the bill contains several provisions that are potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of expression.
The perception of increased media freedom must be made permanent, stress the delegates participating in an international mission to Sri Lanka.
Criminalisation of online speech, a climate of impunity for attacks against journalists, the concentration of media ownership and the politicisation of media outlets are all current areas of concern.
As violent crackdowns on freedom of expression have increased in Cambodia over the last year, rights groups and media are disturbed to observe a coinciding increase in impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.
Human rights organisations urge Vietnam to comply with UN and release human rights lawyer.
Shutting down media channels and banning critical commentary on the political situation in Thailand is misdirected and an overreaction, SEAPA warns.
After a series of increasingly violent events, IFEX members and supporters call on Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to take clear and deliberate steps to defend press freedom.
It is believed that Mr. Quan's detention is politically motivated and a reaction to his blog, where he frequently exposed human rights violations by the Vietnamese government.
Jailed Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan has launched a hunger strike to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide him access to legal counsel, access to legal and religious books, and access to a priest for spiritual guidance, ahead of his appeal trial on 18 February 2014 in Hanoi.
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ARTICLE 19 and PEN International urged the international community to address the increasingly severe crackdown on free speech in Viet Nam, while at the UN in Geneva. Rather than improving, the human rights situation in Viet Nam has deteriorated markedly since 2009, when the country last underwent a Universal Periodic Review (UPR).