Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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12 April 2012

In North Korea, hundreds of thousands of people exist in prison camps out of sight of the rest of the world, where human rights protections are ignored.

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12 April 2012

The proposed new law allows for violations of human rights such as freedom from arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.

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10 April 2012

Prominent Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were jailed today on spurious charges.

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05 April 2012

US forces are set to transfer detainees from Bagram prison to the Afghan government, prompting fears that they may be at risk of torture.

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28 March 2012

Police beat and sexually harassed four women detained during an anti-government rally, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International.

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13 March 2012

A new Amnesty International report documents how arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become routine in Sri Lanka.

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08 March 2012

At least six people injured, some seriously, as combined forces of police and military attack around 300 demonstrators in the capital.

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28 February 2012

Border-crossers who are sent back are at grave risk of torture, forced labour, imprisonment in political prison camps and execution.

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14 February 2012

Some 21 North Koreans in China face expulsion to North Korea after being caught illegally in the country.

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03 February 2012

A UN-backed tribunal has given former Khmer Rouge jailer "Duch" a life sentence for the killings of more than 12,272 people.

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01 February 2012

A South Korean activist faces up to seven years in prison after re-tweeting messages from North Korea's official Twitter account.

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13 January 2012

The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.

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24 December 2011

China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.

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14 December 2011

Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.

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09 December 2011

One year after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he and other Chinese activists still languish in jail.

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30 November 2011

US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.

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23 November 2011

Eight Indonesian police officers involved in a violent crackdown in Papua that left three dead have only been given written warnings

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18 November 2011

Thirteen people have been detained in Malaysia this week under a controversial security law often used to imprison critics of the government.

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14 November 2011

Almost 3,000 Chinese villagers have reportedly signed a petition calling for the release of a Falun Gong practictioner who may have been tortured.

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11 November 2011

Reports that supporters intend to take action on Chen Guangcheng's 40th birthday have prompted fears of confrontation with security officials.

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