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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

08 December 2014

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, tells their story.

 

05 December 2014

The Indonesian government’s apparent plans to execute five people by the end of the year must be halted immediately, Amnesty International said today. 

 

04 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity for torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force has seen allegations of torture rise year on year in the Philippines, but there has never been a single conviction for torture. Here're some of the facts.

04 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity is allowing torture by police to go unchecked in the Philippines, Amnesty International’s latest report revealed today as it launched a major new campaign to stop torture in the country. 

04 December 2014

Jerryme’s story is another example of how police in the Philippines torture people without ever being held responsible. By putting them in the spotlight, we can help stop this.

04 December 2014

The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said. 

03 December 2014

Thirty years on, the failure to clean up chemicals abandoned during the Bhopal gas leak has become a toxic issue. 

 

03 December 2014

Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the Afghan government to prevent a further deterioration in the country’s human rights situation and support services crucial to rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. 

02 December 2014

Amnesty International's Secretary General Salil Shetty, currently visiting India, reflects on the impact of the Bhopal disaster, 30 years on. 

01 December 2014

New poll results published today show clear public support, in both India and the USA, for US corporation Union Carbide to face an Indian court over the Bhopal gas leak disaster which left more than 20,000 people dead and poisoned more than half a million in 1984. 

30 November 2014

Photographer Raghu Rai was one of the first on the scene capturing the aftermath of the gas leak from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, 1984. Thirty years later, he went back. Here's the story. 

28 November 2014

Hong Kong’s police chief must urgently stamp out any arbitrary and excessive use of force by police officers, with thousands of pro-democracy protesters expected to take to the streets again over the weekend. 

26 November 2014

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.

23 November 2014

The Philippine authorities are running out of time to ensure that their response to the Maguindanao massacre does not become a mockery of justice, Amnesty International said on the fifth anniversary of what is often called the world’s largest-ever single attack on journalists.

 

21 November 2014

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. 

20 November 2014

The trials of two leading activists in China on Friday will lay bare the authorities’ duplicity over the rule of law.

18 November 2014

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.

18 November 2014

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice.

17 November 2014

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”.

14 November 2014

India’s government has today agreed to use medical and scientific data to accordingly increase a multi-million dollar compensation claim against Union Carbide over the 1984 gas leak from the company's pesticide plant that poisoned more than half a million people. 

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