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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

01 November 2012

The UN's Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka has highlighted Colombo’s continued denial of the human rights crisis in the country.

29 October 2012

Two Vietnamese songwriters face up to 20 years in jail for writing songs criticizing their government. 

25 October 2012

The Indonesian authorities must halt the excessive use of force at peaceful demonstrations after four pro-independence protesters were shot in Papua province.

19 October 2012

Urgent steps are needed if Afghanistan is to avoid a repeat of the deaths among children and adults in the country’s displacement camps that occurred during last year’s bitterly cold winter.

11 October 2012

Violent forced evictions in China are on the rise as local authorities seek to offset huge debts by seizing and then selling off land in suspect deals with property developers.

04 October 2012

A new ‘cybercrime’ law in the Philippines poses serious risks to freedom of expression and must be reviewed, Amnesty International said.

03 October 2012

The perpetrators of arson attacks on temples and Buddhist villages in the south of Bangladesh must be brought to justice and steps taken to ensure ethnic minorities are protected, Amnesty International said.

27 September 2012

Fears of a new wave of executions in Japan increased after two death row inmates were hanged on Thursday, one the first woman to be executed in more than 15 years.

21 September 2012

Three Vietnamese bloggers face up to 20 years in jail simply for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

20 September 2012

The public flogging of a 16-year-old girl by a local mullah in Afghanistan is abhorrent and testifies to the precarious situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

13 September 2012

Afghanistan’s Parliament must not appoint a new national intelligence director before investigating claims of his involvement in torture and other abuses.

05 September 2012

Maldivian security forces have continued to commit serious human rights violations since the transfer of presidential power in February.

28 August 2012

The UK-registered mining company Vedanta has attempted to “gloss over” criticisms of its poor human rights record in India's Orissa state.

21 August 2012

Pakistan's government must reform blasphemy laws and ensure the safety of Ramsha Masih, a Christian girl held for allegedly committing blasphemy, Amnesty International said.

14 August 2012

Despite its involvement in Timor-Leste since June 1999, the UN has failed to meet its commitments to ensure justice for victims.

07 August 2012

Mass arrests at a peaceful protest in Ha Noi are just the latest blow to freedom of expression in Viet Nam.

19 July 2012

Six weeks after a state of emergency was declared in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, targeted attacks and other violations by security forces against minority Rohingyas and other Muslims have increased.

18 July 2012

Justice for abuses suffered at the hands of US authorities remains a remote prospect for Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan

04 July 2012

Some 80 prisoners have been released by the Burmese authorities on "humanitarian grounds".

04 July 2012

Dozens of Uighurs who disappeared following mass arrests in the wake of a major protest in 2009 are still missing.

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