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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

08 February 2013

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.

08 February 2013

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.

07 February 2013

Four Chinese migrant bus drivers could face up to a year in prison and steep fines for allegedly instigating a strike.

07 February 2013

The Malaysian authorities must immediately release or formally charge two Malaysian men now detained under a repressive new security law.

01 February 2013

Philippine poet and activist Ericson Acosta, who has been detained on trumped up charges for almost two years, must be released immediately.

23 January 2013

A Chinese woman who beat her husband to death with a gun after suffering months of domestic violence should not be executed.

17 January 2013

Following protests against unlawful killings across the Tribal Areas, Pakistan's authorities must investigate and bring anyone identified as responsible to justice in fair trials.

15 January 2013

Displaced community living in temporary shelter in East Java face forced relocation unless they convert to the country’s majority religion Sunni Islam.

15 January 2013

Myanmar must take all possible steps to avoid civilian casualties in Kachin state, Amnesty International said after three people were killed in air strikes.

09 January 2013

An Adivasi (Indigenous) rights activist in central India’s Chhattisgarh state has been released after spending 29 months in prison on politically motivated charges

09 January 2013

A Sri Lankan domestic worker has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while still a child.

08 January 2013

The Bangladeshi authorities must refrain from harassing and prosecuting newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman, who has been threatened with prosecution for publishing a Skype conversation between officials.

04 January 2013

A former Nepali miliary colonel has been arrested in the UK on allegations of torture, in a welcome example of universal jurisication being used to further accountability.

02 January 2013

Nurmemet Yasin was imprisoned on the basis of his story 'Wild Pigeon' about a trapped bird who commits suicide rather than live in captivity.

27 December 2012

The fabricated charges used to convict two housing rights activists confirms the dire state of Cambodia’s justice system and rule of law in the country.

21 December 2012

Three bloggers given hefty sentences should be released ahead of their 28 December appeal hearing.

21 December 2012

Taiwan’s execution of six people on Friday makes a mockery of the authorities’ stated commitment to abolish the death penalty.

21 December 2012

Thailand must stop flouting its human rights obligations while tackling insurgent violence in the south of the country.

18 December 2012

These countries have potentially left their doors open to those suspected of crimes under international law.

17 December 2012

A freshly passed law has struck down some longstanding barriers to women's sexual and reproductive health rights.

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