Civil society groups push back against Asia’s repressive new laws

A man talks on his phone beside a piece of street art depicting Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Bangkok, Thailand, 17 March 2022, JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar’s ‘digital coup’

  • Internet shutdowns intended to hide serious human rights violations
  • Control of telecommunications providers and abuse of surveillance technology
  • Legal tools weaponized to stifle individuals’ rights to expression, information, and privacy
  • Price hikes and onerous data provision requirements creating barriers to online information and services
  • Harassment and online dissemination of incitement to violence, propagating fear and insecurity

Bangladesh’s draft regulation for social media

Philippines’s SIM Card Registration Act

Nepal: Amending the rules of the National Broadcasting Regulation

Sri Lanka: ‘Cosmetic amendments’ to the Prevention of Terrorism Act

Thailand’s bill on Non-Profit Organizations (NPO)

Cambodia delays National Internet Gateway plan

Pakistan withdraws amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA)

Mongolia postpones draft laws on associations

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IFEX is a global network of organisations that defend and promote the right to freedom of expression and information. Email: info@ifex.org

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