A new Amnesty International report documents how arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become routine in Sri Lanka.
At least six people injured, some seriously, as combined forces of police and military attack around 300 demonstrators in the capital.
Border-crossers who are sent back are at grave risk of torture, forced labour, imprisonment in political prison camps and execution.
Some 21 North Koreans in China face expulsion to North Korea after being caught illegally in the country.
A UN-backed tribunal has given former Khmer Rouge jailer "Duch" a life sentence for the killings of more than 12,272 people.
A South Korean activist faces up to seven years in prison after re-tweeting messages from North Korea's official Twitter account.
The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.
China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.
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.