from Asia and the pacific
As tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula, Amnesty International answers key human rights questions.
A recent spike in civilian deaths in Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to take greater precautions to avoid civilian casualties, Amnesty International said today.
Witness says the women were subjected to horrific sexual violence with hot iron rods in the Southern Highlands, and the six are still missing.
In a new ruling, the Philippines’ Supreme Court decided to halt a law on reproductive health.
Indonesia carried out its first execution in four years and promises to put a further nine people to death in 2013.
A Cambodian court’s decision to overturn a two-decade prison sentence against a prominent journalist is a positive step for freedom of expression in the country.
Analysis of new satellite images shows the North Korean government is blurring the lines between its political prison camps and the surrounding population.
Disturbing video footage apparently showing the torture of prisoners in Fiji must be urgently investigated.
A journalist in Cambodia is due to face an appeal tomorrow, after being sentenced to 20 years in prison on 1 October 2012 for anti-state offences.
450,000 people demanded China release the only imprisoned Nobel laureate in a campaign led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Japan hanged three death row inmates on Thursday, the first since the new government took office, raising fears that the pace of executions may increase under Prime Minister Abe.
A string of recent violent attacks against journalists and media workers shows the urgent need to better protect individuals commenting on Bangladesh’s ongoing war crimes tribunal.
The Pakistan authorities must do more to protect the persecuted Shi’a Hazara minority community following a devastating attack in Quetta that killed scores.
The Bangladesh government must not let a proposed new legal amendment lead to a push for death sentences for those convicted in its ongoing war crimes tribunal.
A 20-year-old woman accused of 'witchcraft' after a boy died in the city of Mount Hagen was stripped, tied up, doused in petrol and burned alive.
The Myanmar government’s decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases is a step in the right direction but the review needs to have a much wider reach.
Four Chinese migrant bus drivers could face up to a year in prison and steep fines for allegedly instigating a strike.
The Malaysian authorities must immediately release or formally charge two Malaysian men now detained under a repressive new security law.
Philippine poet and activist Ericson Acosta, who has been detained on trumped up charges for almost two years, must be released immediately.