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

Regional News

from Asia and the pacific

14 November 2014

India’s government has today agreed to use medical and scientific data to accordingly increase a multi-million dollar compensation claim against Union Carbide over the 1984 gas leak from the company's pesticide plant that poisoned more than half a million people. 

12 November 2014

US chemical giant Dow has dodged justice again today by failing to comply with an Indian court summons over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal. 

10 November 2014

Philippine authorities are failing to tackle torture as not a single perpetrator has been convicted under a landmark anti-torture law that came into effect five years ago today, despite evidence that the practice is prevalent.

07 November 2014

Hollywood movie star Martin Sheen will join Amnesty International’s battle to finally hold Union Carbide accountable for what is widely considered to be one of the world’s worst industrial disasters as he launches his latest film in Los Angeles on Friday.

07 November 2014

World leaders gathering in Beijing next Monday for the APEC summit, should urge China to release scores of mainland activists detained for peacefully supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.

03 November 2014

Bangladesh must immediately impose a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty and ensure that political interference does not mar judicial processes, Amnesty International said after the confirmation of two fresh death sentences over two days.

29 October 2014

The death sentence against a leading opposition figure in Bangladesh for war crimes will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war.

27 October 2014

The Malaysian authorities should end their politically motivated persecution of government critics, Amnesty International said ahead of the final decision in the long-standing ‘sodomy’ case against Anwar Ibrahim

22 October 2014

The release from prison of one of Viet Nam’s most high profile prisoners of conscience is a positive step, but authorities must now free the scores of other peaceful activists behind bars.

20 October 2014

A politically motivated ban imposed on a Pakistani TV channel critical of the government constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

19 October 2014

The South Korean government must end the exploitation and widespread use of forced labour of migrant agricultural workers, Amnesty International said in a new report that reveals how the country’s farming industry is rife with abuse. 

16 October 2014

A Pakistani court’s decision to uphold the death sentence against a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges is a grave injustice.

15 October 2014

Hong Kong police officers involved in the beating and kicking of a detained pro-democracy protester on Wednesday must face justice.

10 October 2014

Countries around the world continue to sentence to death or to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities, in clear violation of international standards.

10 October 2014

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, praises the two human rights defenders declared as winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. 

08 October 2014

The execution of five men in Afghanistan who had been convicted over a gang rape following a series of flawed trials is an affront to justice.

07 October 2014

Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record.

07 October 2014

An amnesty of thousands of prisoners in Myanmar is essentially an empty political gesture as scores of peaceful activists are believed to remain behind bars.

07 October 2014

Thailand must ensure an independent and thorough investigation into mounting allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by police and respect fair trial rights during their probe into the murder of two British tourists on the island of Koh Tao.

03 October 2014

Hong Kong’s police failed in their duty to protect hundreds of peaceful pro-democracy protesters from attacks by counter demonstrators on Friday evening, Amnesty International said. 

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