Some 15 prisoners on hunger strike are at risk of death from dehydration after being denied drinking water.
A year after he was awarded the Nobel peace prize, activist Liu Xiabo continues to be held incommunicado, while his wife is under house arrest.
Prime Minister Najib Razak plans to repeal the Internal Security Act, which allows the authorities to detain people indefinitely without charge or trial.
NATO's decision to end detainee transfers to Afghan prisons highlights the international forces' failure to boost the rule of law in Afghanistan.
Amnesty International calls for release of 56-year-old activist detained after organizing a demonstration in support of bloggers.
The activists, known as the E06, were arrested in relation to an electoral reform rally and held without charge for a month
Prominent human rights activist Father Nguyen Van Ly has been re-arrested in Viet Nam while on parole to treat serious health problems.
Two years on from riots and mass arrests in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities continue to silence those speaking out on abuses
More than 100 have been arrested or questioned ahead of a reform rally, with 30 now accused of "waging war against the king."
Trio who had been subjected to enforced disappearance along with the Chinese artist released, but other dissidents remain in detention.
Three of artist Ai Weiwei’s associates are still missing, presumed in secret detention, despite the conditional release of Ai and his cousin
The artist's release on bail must not diminish the international outcry about other activists detained during this year’s ‘Jasmine’ crackdown
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.
Indian authorities arrested two environmental activists on false charges after they led a campaign to defend local communities' rights.
Anti-government protester Murtaza Manzoor was rearrested this week after spending three months in unlawful administrative detention.
Reduction of prison terms must be swiftly followed by the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience, says Amnesty International.
Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
Profiles of some of the Chinese activists recently detained in an attempt to stamp out a "Jasmine Revolution"
Jammu and Kashmir is holding numerous people, including children, in administrative detention after protests in summer 2010.
The doctor has spent 100 days in prison as part of a politically motivated life sentence on sedition and conspiracy charges.