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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

30 April 2013

The public killing of a woman in Afghanistan is the latest example of the shocking levels of gender-based violence in the country.

30 April 2013

Recommendations in a government-backed report investigating last year's devastating violence in Myanmar fail to effectively tackle discrimination against Rohingya Muslims and could trigger more human rights abuses.

26 April 2013

The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows a "chilling" escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government.

24 April 2013

The Chinese authorities must release the sister-in-law of a prominent human rights activist and end the ongoing harassment of his relatives living in Shandong Province.

24 April 2013

The Pakistani authorities must investigate a wave of attacks and threats on political candidates and election workers ahead of general elections on 11 May.

19 April 2013

Taiwanese authorities executed six men on Friday night in an apparent about-turn from their earlier stated commitment to abolish the brutal practice.

18 April 2013

Victims and family members are still waiting for the Indonesian authorities to provide them with truth, justice and full reparation almost eight years after the end to the devastating Aceh conflict.

18 April 2013

Adivasi communities given the final decision on plans for a bauxite mine by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources in Orissa.

18 April 2013

Two employees of the Afghan Red Crescent Society are killed when their vehicle comes under fire.

17 April 2013

A former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court shares his views on the death penalty in an interview with Amnesty International.

16 April 2013

Chinese lawyer Teng Biao talks about the death penalty in the Asian giant -- the country that in 2012 executed more people than the rest of the world put together.

09 April 2013

As tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula, Amnesty International answers key human rights questions.

09 April 2013

A recent spike in civilian deaths in Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to take greater precautions to avoid civilian casualties, Amnesty International said today.

05 April 2013

Witness says the women were subjected to horrific sexual violence with hot iron rods in the Southern Highlands, and the six are still missing.

19 March 2013

In a new ruling, the Philippines’ Supreme Court decided to halt a law on reproductive health.

15 March 2013

Indonesia carried out its first execution in four years and promises to put a further nine people to death in 2013.

14 March 2013

A Cambodian court’s decision to overturn a two-decade prison sentence against a prominent journalist is a positive step for freedom of expression in the country.

07 March 2013

Analysis of new satellite images shows the North Korean government is blurring the lines between its political prison camps and the surrounding population.

05 March 2013

Disturbing video footage apparently showing the torture of prisoners in Fiji must be urgently investigated.

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