Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.
Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.
Almost 3,000 Chinese villagers have reportedly signed a petition calling for the release of a Falun Gong practictioner who may have been tortured.
Sri Lanka's anti-torture laws are treated as little more than a piece of paper and very few cases go to trial.
Some 15 prisoners on hunger strike are at risk of death from dehydration after being denied drinking water.
Officials gathered at an Istanbul conference on Afghanistan must keep human rights a central focus of their plans for regional security.
NATO's decision to end detainee transfers to Afghan prisons highlights the international forces' failure to boost the rule of law in Afghanistan.
Two years on from riots and mass arrests in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities continue to silence those speaking out on abuses
A group of rejected Sri Lankan asylum seekers, most of them Tamil, have been taken for questioning in Colombo after being forcibly returned from the UK.
A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers facing deportation from the UK today are at risk of torture in their home country.
A Uighur man who reported a death in custody is at risk of torture following his extradition from Kazakhstan.
Prisoners are being kept in solitary confinement in cells designed for military dogs as punishment for going on hunger strike.
At least 21 people have been publicly caned in violation of international law since 12 May, under a Shari'a bylaw against gambling.
Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
Authorities urged to halt the judicial caning of refugees and migrants after it was revealed that 30,000 had been caned in five years.
Amnesty International research shows how some of those detained are being held secretly where they are vulnerable to a range of abuses, including torture or being killed in custody.
Journalists covering potential protests inspired by events in the Middle East and North Africa have been beaten or detained by security officers.
Amnesty International calls on UK government to raise concerns about the killings with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who visits the UK this week.
Amnesty International is calling on the Bangladeshi government to immediately investigate allegations that a MP for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been tortured while in police custody.
Amnesty International renews its call on the Chinese authorities to release an ethnic Uighur prisoner of conscience jailed on separatism charges after his family reported that he is being tortured in a Xinjiang prison.