Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.
One year after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he and other Chinese activists still languish in jail.
US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.
Eight Indonesian police officers involved in a violent crackdown in Papua that left three dead have only been given written warnings
Thirteen people have been detained in Malaysia this week under a controversial security law often used to imprison critics of the government.
Almost 3,000 Chinese villagers have reportedly signed a petition calling for the release of a Falun Gong practictioner who may have been tortured.
Reports that supporters intend to take action on Chen Guangcheng's 40th birthday have prompted fears of confrontation with security officials.
The demonstrators were protesting the trial and mistreatment of two local Falun Gong broadcasters.
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.
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