from Asia and the pacific
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.
Dow is providing a wrap to encircle London’s Olympic Stadium, and rejects responsibility for liability in India's 1984 toxic gas disaster.
Three prisoners of conscience for whom Amnesty International has campaigned for years have been released.
Many prisoners of conscience remain behind bars in Myanmar despite a new amnesty announced by the government.
One protester has been killed and several injured in clashes with police at a US-owned mine in eastern Indonesia.
A year after he was awarded the Nobel peace prize, activist Liu Xiabo continues to be held incommunicado, while his wife is under house arrest.
Authorities urged to address sectarian violence across the country after the killing of 29 Shi'a Muslims in Balochistan province.
Death row prisoner Troy Davis has been executed in the state of Georgia despite serious doubts surrounding his conviction
Around 90 families are at imminent risk of losing their homes as a development company continues to clear the land for construction.
Prime Minister Najib Razak plans to repeal the Internal Security Act, which allows the authorities to detain people indefinitely without charge or trial.
Beijing urged to show clemency to Syed Zahid Hussain Shah, who is due to be executed next week.
The UN needs to act now to end the crisis of impunity that lingers in Sri Lanka more than two years after the civil war ended.
Wang Lihong has been sentenced to nine months in prison in connection with her support for bloggers.
NATO's decision to end detainee transfers to Afghan prisons highlights the international forces' failure to boost the rule of law in Afghanistan.
The Philippines' Senate is set to vote on joining the International Criminal Court on Monday.