from Asia and the pacific
US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.
Four Cambodian women face politically motivated charges over protests linked to forced evictions at Boueng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.
If enacted, the Peaceful Assembly Bill would effectively prohibit street protests and fine demonstrators who fail to comply.
A new report provides first-hand stories of women resisting forced eviction from their homes and land
Amphon Tangnoppaku, 61, was sentenced for sending four text messages deemed offensive to the Queen of Thailand
Eight Indonesian police officers involved in a violent crackdown in Papua that left three dead have only been given written warnings
Thirteen people have been detained in Malaysia this week under a controversial security law often used to imprison critics of the government.
Valsa John, who worked with Indigenous communities affected by coal mining, was beaten to death in her home.
Almost 3,000 Chinese villagers have reportedly signed a petition calling for the release of a Falun Gong practictioner who may have been tortured.
Reports that supporters intend to take action on Chen Guangcheng's 40th birthday have prompted fears of confrontation with security officials.
The demonstrators were protesting the trial and mistreatment of two local Falun Gong broadcasters.
To mark Eid, the Taleban leader Mullah Omar instructed his commanders to stem the rising number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka's anti-torture laws are treated as little more than a piece of paper and very few cases go to trial.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the Chinese government to stop human rights abuses in Tibet.
Some 15 prisoners on hunger strike are at risk of death from dehydration after being denied drinking water.
Officials gathered at an Istanbul conference on Afghanistan must keep human rights a central focus of their plans for regional security.
The Commonwealth risks becoming 'irrelevant' if its leaders allow Sri Lanka to become its next host.
Japan's justice minister says he will sign execution warrants, despite announcing last month he would not back the death penalty.