The prison sentence for blasphemy handed down today by a court in Pakistan against four people including the owner of a major private TV channel and one of its star actresses will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the media.
Indonesian authorities have increasingly made use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals fortheir beliefs, contributing to an intensifying climate of intolerance in the country, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.
China's efforts to have a greater say in the global rules for the web is further evidence internet freedom is under a sustained attack.
The Chinese authorities appear to have intensified the crackdown against mainland activists for peacefully supporting the Hong Kong protests following reports one faces the charge of “inciting subversion”.
World leaders gathering in Beijing next Monday for the APEC summit, should urge China to release scores of mainland activists detained for peacefully supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
The Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated persecution of government critics, Amnesty International said ahead of the final decision in the long-standing ‘sodomy’ case against Anwar Ibrahim.
The release from prison of one of Viet Nam’s most high profile prisoners of conscience is a positive step, but authorities must now free the scores of other peaceful activists behind bars.
A politically motivated ban imposed on a Pakistani TV channel critical of the government constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.
Fiji authorities must urgently investigate allegations that a man was severely beaten by army officers after he had sent a series of angry text messages to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Amnesty International said.
The Malaysian authorities’ sedition investigation into opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is blatantly politically motivated and the latest move in a widespread crackdown on dissent using the colonial-era Sedition Act.
A Thai court’s decision to uphold a 10-year prison sentence given to an editor and social activist for allegedly insulting the royal family continues the relentless erosion of free speech in the country.
Hundreds of arbitrary detentions, reports of torture and other ill-treatment, sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and unfair trials in military courts are creating a climate of fear in Thailand, and there are no signs of a let-up.
The arrest and detention of a 25-year-old man accused of sedition for allegedly disrespecting India’s national symbols is a reminder of how archaic laws continue to be used to curb free speech in India, Amnesty International India said today.
Bangladeshi authorities must immediately tackle a disturbing rise in enforced disappearances over the past two years, stop the use of torture, and end their increasing crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing.
The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for “disclosing state secrets” makes today a dark day for freedom of expression in the country.
Today’s guilty verdict in the case of a peaceful anti-coup protester in Thailand sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of assembly and contributes to the climate of fear under military rule, Amnesty International said.
The Hong Kong authorities must release all those detained solely for peacefully protesting in pro-democracy demonstrations, said Amnesty International, after more than 500 people were arrested by police on Wednesday.
The authorities in Fiji must end the harassment of journalists ahead of elections in September.
Malaysia's ban on Christians using the word “Allah” to refer to God is an abuse against free speech and must be scrapped by Parliament, Amnesty International said.
There appears to be no end in sight to violations of a range of human rights one month after martial law was declared in Thailand, Amnesty International warned today.