from Asia and the pacific
Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.
Fears have risen for blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng who made a bold escape from illegal house arrest.
Prominent Cambodian enviromental activist Chut Wutty, an outspoken critic of illegal logging, has been shot dead in Koh Kong province.
Despite a decade of supposed reform, Indonesian police officers continue to be implicated in shootings and beatings of peaceful individuals.
Two men were killed in clashes between protesters and police amid a spate of disappearances in Bangladesh.
Pakistan is urged to end secret detention and reveal the fate of hundreds of disappeared people believed abducted and held by security agencies.
In North Korea, hundreds of thousands of people exist in prison camps out of sight of the rest of the world, where human rights protections are ignored.
The proposed new law allows for violations of human rights such as freedom from arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment.
Prominent Chinese housing activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were jailed today on spurious charges.
US forces are set to transfer detainees from Bagram prison to the Afghan government, prompting fears that they may be at risk of torture.
Thailand is considering an amnesty law which could grant impunity for grave human rights violations.
Japan has hanged three men in the country's first executions in almost two years, joining the minority of countries worldwide that are still executing.
Police beat and sexually harassed four women detained during an anti-government rally, according to testimony gathered by Amnesty International.
After four decades awaiting execution, a recent court development offers hope of retrial for death row prisoner Masaru Okunishi.
A new Amnesty International report documents how arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances have become routine in Sri Lanka.
Amnesty International has called for greater accountability for civilian casualties, after a US soldier killed 16 people in Kandahar province.
At least six people injured, some seriously, as combined forces of police and military attack around 300 demonstrators in the capital.
Pakistan's government has failed to protect religious minorities from systematic campaigns of violence and vilification.
Women in the Maldives describe how security forces violently suppressed their protest against the new president.
Border-crossers who are sent back are at grave risk of torture, forced labour, imprisonment in political prison camps and execution.