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

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02 February 2012

Excessive force has been used on a number of occasions against peaceful demonstrations in Cambodia calling for land rights to be respected.

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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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24 January 2012

Chinese security forces in Sichuan Province have reportedly fired on Tibetan protestors for a second successive day.

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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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10 January 2012

A Maldivian blogger attacked and detained for organizing a peaceful demonstration has been released, while his attackers remain at large.

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04 January 2012

Pakistan urged to reform 'dangerous' blasphemy laws, one year after the assassination of a politician who criticized them.

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22 December 2011

Chen Wei is set to stand trial on 23 December on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” over essays he wrote that were critical of the Communist Party.

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19 December 2011

Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty,  and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.

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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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28 November 2011

If enacted, the Peaceful Assembly Bill would effectively prohibit street protests and fine demonstrators who fail to comply.

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23 November 2011

Amphon Tangnoppaku, 61, was sentenced for sending four text messages deemed offensive to the Queen of Thailand

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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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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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09 November 2011

The demonstrators were protesting the trial and mistreatment of two local Falun Gong broadcasters.

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07 November 2011

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Chinese government to stop human rights abuses in Tibet.

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01 November 2011

Officials gathered at an Istanbul conference on Afghanistan must keep human rights a central focus of their plans for regional security.

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10 October 2011

One protester has been killed and several injured in clashes with police at a US-owned mine in eastern Indonesia.

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05 October 2011

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.

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16 September 2011

Prime Minister Najib Razak plans to repeal the Internal Security Act, which allows the authorities to detain people indefinitely without charge or trial.

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09 September 2011

Wang Lihong has been sentenced to nine months in prison in connection with her support for bloggers.

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